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Health + Fitness | 13 Benefits of Exercise for Women


When you have to drag yourself to the gym after work, the more you know about the benefits of exercise, the easier it will be. No matter why you started working out, there will always be more reasons to skip going to the gym if you’re uninformed. What if you knew that going to the gym could make you more attractive and more intelligent? If you’re looking for some reminders of why working out is so important, here they are.

A Healthy Glow

Did you know that one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin looking good is regular exercise? You may have invested in expensive creams and exfoliants but they won’t do as much good as a workout. Exercising promotes good circulation in the body, and you need a healthy blood flow for your facial skin to look healthy. What gives you that glow is healthy blood cells near the surface of the skin. Most people focus on their cardiovascular health when working out, but it’s a great beauty tip too.

Cellulite

Don’t you wish there was a magical cure for cellulite? Well, exercise could be as good as it gets. The lymph is bodily fluid that contains white blood cells. When cellulite is produced it’s because there isn’t enough circulation to the lymph. Doing simple stretches, Yoga or Pilates could help you to reduce the amount of cellulite on your body. Who doesn’t want to look in the mirror and see that those nasty dimples have gone?

Boost Your Sex Life

No, I’m not talking about the many men you can meet at the gym. Doing regular exercise can give your libido a boost. So, if you haven’t been feeling in the mood lately, you may find that a bit of exercise can solve the problem. You’ll feel and look your best after working out, so why not make the most of it? Exercise can also promote good hormonal balance, so if you’ve been experiencing irregular menstrual cycles, some gentle exercise could help your body to correct it.

Anti-aging

Looking for a good anti-aging cream? Stop right there! You don’t need to max out your credit card in search for younger and more youthful looks. Studies have shown that thirty minutes of cardio every day, not only helps you to deal with stress but could actually reverse the toll stress has taken on your body over the last few years on a cellular level. So, if you’re going through something difficult and you need a way of letting off steam, exercise can benefit you and your future self immensely.

Strength

Don’t you just hate it when you have to ask a man to open a jar? There’s no getting away from the fact that men are born naturally stronger than women. However, you can train additional strength into your body. If you need to gain weight to gain more strength, take a look at ‘Your Guide to the Best Weight Gainers’ for advice. You’ll never know when you could use a stronger body. Did you know that a stronger core can help women get pregnant and have an easier time during labour?

Mental Health

Taking care of your mental health is important. There are so many of us that ignore it in favor of meeting work deadlines or looking after family. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and like you need to take some time for yourself, going to the gym could be a great idea. Exercise isn’t just about getting fitter; it’s about clearing your mind. The endorphins released in exercise also help to improve moods, so if you’re suffering from depression or anxiety, it could help you to overcome it.

Career Boost

If you’re looking for some motivation when it comes to your career, you might find it at the gym. Studies have shown that exercise can improve clarity and boost motivation. Maybe that’s why so many people get great ideas when they’re working out. Try going for a run before you go to work. You’ll start the day off alert and enthusiastic. Exercise can also help you to improve your organizational and time keeping skills. When you exercise regularly, you have to be on a schedule to fit it all in.

Acne

For women, there’s often no avoiding spots. Hormonal changes in our bodies mean that it’s likely you’ll get spots around the same time every month. However, you don’t have to sit back and take it. When you go to the gym, take your makeup off. This is so when you’re working out and your circulation is flowing, there’s nothing getting in the way of your sweat flushing away cellular debris. It’s also important to stay hydrated during your workout. This way, your skin has everything it needs to combat those pesky pimples.

Beautiful Hair

Have you got dry or coarse hair that’s lacking in moisture? You may not think that exercise could have much of an effect on your hair, but you may be surprised by the results. Just like the other parts of your body, your scalp requires good blood flow to produce quality hair strands. Your hair follicles need nourishment if you want luxurious locks. Exercise will get your blood flowing around the body and reduce stress which can cause brittle hair or hair loss.

Reduce Risk of Dementia

Watching a loved one deal with dementia is one of the most difficult things you can go through. Therefore, it’s important to do what you can to reduce the risk of it ever happening to you. Exercise is known to boost brain function and increase energy levels. In turn, these two things will help to reduce the chances of being diagnosed with dementia in older age. By starting a good exercise routine in mid-life, you’re more likely to continue exercising when older.

Improves Digestion

Do you suffer from indigestion after eating an evening meal? Indigestion pains can be so severe that they keep you awake at night. When you exercise, your whole body gets a workout, even when you’re focusing on a specific area. The intestinal muscles can break down food easily when your abdomen has had a good workout. It can also help women who are suffering from constipation to have regular and painless bowel movements.

Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep helps people to deal with the challenges of the day. When you haven’t slept well, you won’t function properly. Small tasks will be harder than they need to be, it will be difficult to concentrate and your problem-solving abilities may have left the building. If you’re finding it difficult to sleep at night, exercise could help. It works to clear your mind of any stress and tires out your body, ready for relaxation. Don’t exercise just before you go to bed. Go to the gym two hours before you plan to sleep so you still have some unwinding time when you get home.

Lower Risk of Cancer

Studies have shown that exercise can lower the risk of female specific cancers, like breast cancer and ovarian cancer. This is because exercise helps to balance hormones. Higher levels of oestrogen can increase your risk of developing these types of cancers, so exercise is a great weapon in the fight against it. The same goes for postmenopausal women who exercise. Although their hormones are at a different stage, studies have shown that regular exercise will still contribute to lower levels of oestrogen.

Now try and find a reason not to go to the gym.

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