The Importance of Moving your Body Every Day January 13 2016

The Importance of Moving your Body Every Day

Moving our bodies daily is so vital for our mental health, our strength, and for healthy skin. By getting ourselves moving a little more each day, we are helping our bodies and minds function at their best - here's how:

Improve Circulation
Moving your body gets your heart beating and your blood flowing. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells. By increasing blood flow to the liver, the organ with the job of neutralizing toxins, a bout of exercise helps flush cellular debris out of the system. You can think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside.

Encourage the flow of Lymph
The Lymphatic system is absolutely vital to our body’s abilities to detoxify, nourish and regenerate tissue, filter our metabolic waste, and keep up a healthy immune system. The flow of lymph fluid relies on the actions of our muscles and diaphragm in order to circulate. Exercise can increase lymph activity by 10 to 30 times its activity at rest. Any exercise is great, but try to get it on the more vigorous side at least some of the time – strength training, cycling, aerobics, tennis. Practising yoga is another great way of promoting the flow of lymph.

Boost Energy
Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your day.

Enhance your Mood
Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Exersize is a simple way to boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem while also reducing stress. Many skin conditions can be exacerbated by stress, such as acne and eczema, so blowing off some steam through exersize can help keep these conditions at bay. 

Regulate Digestion and Elimination
Your intestines are a muscle just like any other in the body and they need to stay toned in order to function at their best. When we move regularly, we assist flow in the body and stimulate intestinal circulation which encourages regularity. Peristalsis is a series of wave-like muscle contractions that moves food through  the digestive tract, but when our intestinal muscles lose their tone, peristalsis can become weakened. When we become more regular, our body is able to rid itself of toxins much more effectively, and will reduce these toxins from having to resort solely to eliminating via the skin, which can lead to blemishes, redness, or irritation. 

Stay Well,
xx Whitney

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