Want a trim waistline, shiny hair and luminous skin? How about a better sex life or less stress? You can have all that and more ladies just by adding some exercise to your daily activities. It turns out that working out regularly does more than just help you fit into your favorite little black dress. Exercising can improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being to make you look and feel good. From improving circulation to boosting confidence there is a lot to be gained from exercising, and we’re here to tell you all about it. Check out our list of the top 7 benefits of workouts for women, then grab a girlfriend and get moving!
*Note: You should always consult a physician before starting any workout to ensure you do the proper exercises, especially if you have a pre-existing condition
1. Tone & Strengthen Muscle – You Look Great
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You already know exercise can build muscle mass, but do you know why that is so important? Because as you age not only does your body have a harder time building muscle, it also tends to lose the muscle strength it already has. Working out will help you keep the muscle you have and also build more muscle. Increased muscle will help maintain a healthy metabolism, improve endurance and keep you more fit, which can combat the pitfalls of aging, such as falls and breaks.
Yoga and other strength training exercises lengthen muscle and make skin taut, so you have a flat stomach and lithe arms (no saggy skin), along with lean muscle that will help you age gracefully.
2. Better Skin & Hair – You are Different
Want a post workout, all day glow? Then go for a run, take a jog or lift some weights to get hair and skin cells looking their best. Working out gets your heart pumping and increases circulation, giving your skin a dose of oxygenated blood. Oxygenated blood encourages and improves your body’s ability to detoxify, causing it to shed dead skin cells, making you look and feel vibrant.
Studies also show that exercise fights acne by limiting the production of testosterone hormones like DHEA and DHT, which cause the condition.
As for for your hair, increased blood flow to your scalp makes hair strands stronger and healthier. That’s because the oxygen-infused blood feeds your hair follicles with anti-oxidants, combating the free radicals that make hair brittle and lackluster.
3. Sleep Better
You ever notice how the more kids run around the quicker they fall asleep at night? Well it turns out running around can help you fall asleep faster too. According to The National Sleep Foundation working out, especially in the early afternoon, can reduce the time it takes you to drift off and help you go into a more relaxed sleep.
Sleep is essential to looking and feeling good because your body repairs itself while you sleep. As your resting your body replenishes vital nutrients and vitamins. You also secrete a growth hormone while sleeping that rebuilds skin and hair, which is why they call it beauty sleep!!!
4. Decrease Stress/Anxiety & Improve Mental Health
Exercise doesn’t just improve your physical appearance: it also boosts mental clarity and relieves stress. When you workout neurotransmitters and endorphins are released. easing tensions. Feel good hormones, like serotonin and dopamine enter your system, giving you a more optimistic outlook, which combats depression.
Working out also gives you a physical outlet for your frustrations, making you feel more productive and accomplished, eliminating feelings of helplessness. Finally, when you exercise you raise your body temperature, which alleviates stress according to The Mayo Clinic.
5. Improves Your Sex Life – You are more Attracted to Him
Want to take your sex life from fabulous to unbelievable? Working out will help you do that. According to a study conducted from Harvard medical school, just 20 minutes of exercise, any king of exercise, increases a woman’s libido and makes her more responsive and in-touch with her body.
Why? Well, there are a couple of reasons. First and foremost, working out gets your blood going to your arousal spots, making you more sensitive to touch. Plus, exercise gives you more stamina and increases confidence, making you feel sexier and more receptive to sex. So grab your partner, go for a run and then grab a shower- together!
6. Boost Immunity & Fight Disease – You are Healthier
Regular workouts help the body release anti-oxidants and get rid of unwanted toxins, boosting immunity. This means you can stave off the common cold, the flu, or even more serious health concerns with better results. According to the American Council of Exercise, every exercise session strengthens your immunity for 24 hours.
If that wasn’t enough, exercise is also linked to fighting heart disease, stroke and cancer too. That’s because working out on a daily basis, especially if you do cardio, boost blood flow to the heart, decreases blood pressure and increases the amount of “good” HDL-cholesterol. All of these factors contribute to heart health, putting you in a better position to keep your ticker ticking.
As for exercise and cancer, studies show a link between exercise and a reduced risk of developing lung, breast or colon cancer. For instance, breast cancer is caused by high levels of estrogen (which is found in fat) so a healthy diet and exercise can eliminate the risk, great news for women everywhere.
7. Reduce Cellulite
Cellulite is the bane of every woman’s existence. Those little dimples that appear on the backs of your legs and butt can be really hard to get rid of if, but you can get rid of them if you exercise. Cellulite is made up of fatty deposits and occurs as a result of a decrease in lymph circulation. Lymph is a bodily fluid that is full of white blood cells and can combat cellulite by smoothing skin. When you exercise lymph circulation increases, flushing toxins and flowing through fatty deposits, which will minimize cellulite.
The benefits of weight loss in terms of physical appearance has always been stressed, but now we know that there is so much more to gain. The benefits of workouts for women go beyond your waistline: they affect every area of your body, including your mind and spirit. Exercising will give you improved immunity, fight serious illnesses and have you looking as good as you feel, so now that you know how it will help you it’s time to get moving on the road to a better you.