You are probably expecting one of those articles about the benefits of exercise and you would be quite right – but here we will discuss it as it pertains to your skin and, more particularly, acne. Sometimes, the best acne treatment is not enough without the physical exercises. All exercise does some good but there are some exercises that benefit the skin more.
Yoga is good for body and mind. The poses help to build flexibility, encourage the movement of lymph and up the circulation. Your body is leaner and more active. This is great for the skin because of the detoxifying effects.
It also is of benefit because of the stress reduction benefits. What Yoga is unlikely to do though is to get you really fit – this is a more gentle regimen and is seldom designed to get the blood flowing fast.
Aerobics is one of the exercises that truly benefit the skin. Your circulation is revved up, your cardiovascular system is toned and you get fitter. This, in turn, is advantageous for the internal bodily functions.
Pilates can be challenging at times but it is more gentle than aerobics. It helps to lengthen and strengthen the body and helps to clear out toxins. It is especially good to get lymph circulating.
There are various forms of martial arts that we can participate in. The more energetic ones are better for overall fitness and health. The benefits are similar to aerobics but this can be more fun.
When it comes to the skin, there are fewer benefits involved in strength training – although it benefits the fitness levels overall, and should be part of your regimen, the skin will hardly benefit from it at all.
If formal exercising is not for you, walking can be a great aerobic exercise – You will need to step up the pace in order to get the full benefit but it is a great starting out point for people with low levels of fitness.
If you really cannot stand the thought of exercising, consider trying some form of dancing – practised at an energetic level this is excellent aerobic exercise and a ton of fun.
If you really want to benefit the skin, you need to really get your circulation going – aerobic exercise will bring plenty of oxygen to the skin and speed wastes away.
It is essential to find something that you can see yourself doing in the long term – exercise needs to be maintained.