Physical activity is always good for our health. Numerous studies confirm that regular exercise reduces the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, improves mental health, and helps maintain bone, muscle, and joint health. Physical activity also improves our appearance. Let’s review eight ways sports affect our health and appearance which may surprise you.
- Physical activity stimulates blood circulation and heart function
The Texas Heart Institute reports that a person who actively and regularly exercises has lower levels of stress-related hormones. Moderate physical activity boosts heart health and stimulates blood circulation which fills the skin cells with oxygen and nutrients more effectively. The face will have a beautiful natural color and will look much younger.
Sports make all the organs work in an intense mode. Muscles during physical loading need increased blood flow which makes the heart pump more blood. The blood circulation in the whole body improves. Even a simple jog may prevent infarction and stroke.
Sports are also beneficial for those who suffer from anemia. Red blood cells and lymphocytes increase which strengthens the immune system.
- Sweating may solve skin problems
Sweating regulates body temperature, moisturizes the skin and regulates the balance of sodium and calcium in the body. Sweat is secreted through the pores and this helps cleanse the pores of dirt, grease, dead cells and bacteria. Sweat makes the pores clean and the skin healthier.
A study by scientists from Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen (Germany) showed that sweat contains a natural antibiotic that helps to defeat some bacteria on the skin and prevent acne.
- Sports can improve hair and promote its growth
Physical activity increases blood flow to the skin which is good for hair follicles. Blood supplies skin cells and hair follicles with essential nutrients and oxygen which plays a big role in hair growth. That’s why scalp massage is recommended for men and women who suffer from hair loss. Exercise also helps reduce DHT (a hormone that stops hair growth).
- Physical activity delays wrinkles
The skin consists of collagen and elastin. Over time, the amount of collagen and elastin decrease which can be caused by a number of factors, including exposure to the sun, oxidative processes, and chronological aging. Long-term exercise stimulates the production of collagen and elastin which improves the skin. Sports make the skin more hydrated, protected and resistant to wrinkles.
- Physical activity increases libido
Physical activity can significantly improve sex life. A study by the University of Pennsylvania showed that older women felt more attractive after four months of walking and regular yoga even if they didn’t lose weight. But physical activity not only improves mood and self-confidence but it can also have a good effect on libido. Studies show that testosterone levels (the hormone responsible for sex drive) in people who regularly do sports can be 25 percent higher than in people who follow a sedentary lifestyle.
- Sports improve mood and increase self-confidence
A positive and confident person is always more attractive than a dull whiner. It’s no secret to anyone that during physical activity our body actively produces endorphins which reduce stress levels, increase self-confidence, and improve our mood.
- Physical activity improves sleep
It is quite natural that heavy physical exertion makes us tired which leads to a sound sleep. Sports also optimize cortisol levels. This is a special hormone that is responsible for the active state of our body.
- Sports is a good way to prevent osteochondrosis
Sports are an effective prevention method against osteochondrosis. Physical activity also prevents hernias, arthrosis, and osteoporosis. It also has a beneficial effect on the human nervous system. During sports, the speed and agility, as well as our reaction speed are improved.