What Happens To Skin Through Regular Exercise

effect of exercise on skin

Skin and Sweat- The Impact Of Exercise On Skin Conditions.  

It is no secret that keeping active is excellent for keeping fit and healthy, but did you know about the positive effect of exercise on skin?

Keeping our skin looking healthy and vibrant is a goal for most of us, especially as we age. Instead of looking to topical products, wonder creams, and even surgery, wouldn't it be great if there was a free solution that was truly effective and available to us all?  

Most of us tend to focus on the physical effects exercise has on our cardiovascular system and physique, which can, unfortunately, make us forget about all the other benefits exercise can have on our overall wellbeing.  

When you exercise or work out, your heart rate increases (hopefully), which pumps lots and lots of blood around the body.

By pumping extra blood around the body, all the oxygen and nutrients that are carried in the blood are transported to the places that they need to be (including your skin) much faster and in higher numbers.

This boost in vitamins, minerals, and oxygen gives the skin an amazing noticeable glow, often referred to as the "post work out glow" 

Now having a post-workout is glow is great, but what about the effect of exercise on skin long term?

3 Effects of Exercise on the Skin Long Term.  

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Improved circulation.  

The short term effects of improved blood flow also carry over the long term as fitness levels build. As your cardiovascular system gets stronger, it gets more efficient at pumping blood around the body – the more blood, oxygen and nutrients that can get to the skin, the healthier and more youthful it will be.

Reduced stress.  

Stress can really take its toll on your body; it can leave your entire being feeling tired, weak, and generally unwell.  

Stress can also impact your skin, making it look far worse for wear than it ever should. 

By reducing stress through mindfulness, relaxation, exercise, etc. You will also improve the radiance of the skin and also reduce wrinkles as the face becomes less tense.   

Improved sleep.  

Beauty sleep is a real thing! Getting between 7 and 9 hours of high-quality sleep is needed to keep the body working at its best. Without enough sleep (particularly deep sleep), the body will start to see a decline in health as a result.  

Lack of sleep can see the skin looking lifeless and dull, so catching those z's are essential for its upkeep.

Benefits Of Exercising Outdoors On Skin.  

Anywhere that you do exercise; Inside, outside, underground, up a mountain perhaps? It doesn't really matter, as your skin will still benefit regardless.

However, Exercising outdoors has got a few extra merits that are important to consider. Let's use the benefits of morning walk on skin as an example.

Taking a morning walk outside will most likely have the same effects on your cardio, circulation, and overall health as taking a morning walk on the treadmill in your basement will – given that both are done at the same intensity, for the same amount of time.  

But the outside walk is going to offer you a few little extra spoonful’s of goodness for your skin:

  • The great outdoors is great for your mind. Getting out and about in nature is going to relieve stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues which is also going to improve the health of your skin 
  • Walking outdoors, especially when it's cold out is going to encourage circulation to the skin as a way to warm you up. More blood going to the skin the better!
  • Fresh clean air can only be a good thing! Gym air can be hot, sweaty and generally unpleasant, 'dirty' air can stick to skin, clogging up pores and leading to spots. Clean air, on the other hand, is... clean!

Loose Skin And Exercise.    

How to tighten skin after weight loss with exercise is a common concern of many who have lost a lot of weight, and are struggling with the 'baggage' that can stay behind. Exercise can be an effective method of reducing loose skin but only in relatively minor cases.

When sagging skin after weight loss is server, the only truly effective method is usually surgery.

Exercises to tighten loose skin after weight loss

benefits of morning walk on skin  

If you have a little extra sagging, you can use these exercises to tighten loose skin after weight loss.  

Muscle building:

Building up your muscles is going to fill up that loose skin where the fat that you have lost once lived. Exercises such as weightlifting, calisthenics, and dynamic yoga can all be used to develop muscle, and tighten the skin around your body.


Cardio exercises such as running, cycling, and skipping will not tighten your skin by filling it up as muscle building will. Instead, cardio focuses on improving the over health and elasticity of the skin, making it appear tighter.

Cardio helps the body to transport nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, which allows the skin to appear more youthful and regain elasticity.