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4 Great Beauty Benefits of Exercise

Hi girls! My husband and I bought a treadmill last year, but to be honest, I hadn’t really started using it until this month. For me, working out isn’t my favorite activity in the world, but after I use the treadmill I feel so empowered and good! My goal is to get a little more toned and to gain strength.

We all know that exercise keeps our minds and bodies strong…but it also has some awesome beauty benefits, too! Here are four “beauty-full” reasons exercise is great for you:

  1. Working up a sweat is good for your skin. It sounds counterintuitive, but when you sweat, your face gets shiny because that sweat is being released through your pores. While it does this, it cleans out the dirt and oil inside of them. The problem is, however, that many people don’t wash their faces afterward, which can cause more acne. So please make sure you wash your face and body after you workout!
  2. Sweating is good for your hair. I know no one wants to walk around with greasy hair, but the oils your scalp produces when you work out are good for increased circulation. They also nourish your hair with the natural oils it needs to be renewed! Even if you wash your hair after working out, it still reaps the benefits.
  3. You get a natural glow not achieved from expensive beauty products. When you exercise, your skin gets increased oxygen and blood circulation, which give your skin a glowing appearance. Again, even if you wash your face afterward, it’s still beneficial to your skin while you’re exercising!
  4. Exercise can help reduce puffiness and bloating. When you exercise (in any cardio activity!), you get your lymphatic system flowing, which helps “flush out” excess salt or processed carbohydrates. To increase results, 20 minutes of cardio activity is usually needed.

Stay tuned for my easy exercises you can do at home! Girls, what are your favorite workouts? What other beauty benefits have you noticed that exercise gives you?

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  1. annie9

    Posted by annie9 on April 4, 2013 at 12:20

    it’s also good to drink lots of water, it gives you a very healthy look!

  2. XcanaceX

    Posted by XcanaceX on March 19, 2013 at 08:52

    Love this! A lot of people don’t understand just how positively a simple exercise routine can affect your life, and in sooo many different ways! Besides all the reasons Nicole listed, exercise also releases endorphins which helps relieve stress, amps up your metabolism, wakes you up properly if you’re feeling sluggish, and increases your self-confidence. Not to mention makes your body shape look amaaaazing:)

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by DancerforChrist on March 18, 2013 at 17:32

    Dance really helps too! You don’t have to be super skinny with long arms and legs to be a dancer, but dance tends to get you in really good shape.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Sharon256 on March 14, 2013 at 18:53

    Its cold outside my house here in NY, im trying to find some exersizes to do at home! and trying to run in the living room…. not a good idea.. any suggestions?

  5. raspberries

    Posted by raspberries on March 11, 2013 at 15:10

    I used to despise exercising, but then I discovered I didn’t mind walking on the treadmill for an hour while watching a good tv show!! I’ve gotten so much faster; I’m almost at a jog now!

  6. amcvic

    Posted by amcvic on March 7, 2013 at 16:05

    I’m naturally thin, but I really want to start exercising for benefits like these.

  7. katiebear0796

    Posted by katiebear0796 on March 6, 2013 at 06:45

    OMR I love running. Just anything running. I’ve actually been told to “slow down because it’s not the Olympics” from a teacher during class before. I’ve noticed that when I do my strength exercises, and I gain the muscle, I don’t gain any weight, or I gain very little when I actually take a break from running. It’s kinda nice, I get a break without having to worry about gaining weight (though I most likely could stand to gain some, I’m almost underweight :/ )

  8. Art

    Posted by Art on March 5, 2013 at 20:25

    I do Zumba fitness and boot camp at Cal Fit. It is fun!!!!

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by galeprimrue on March 4, 2013 at 20:02

    I didn’t exercise as much before, but this year, I joined my high school cross country team, and it has boosted my self-confidence a ton! Also, I now fall asleep faster and get better sleep!

  10. LittleMissInvisible

    Posted by LittleMissInvisible on March 4, 2013 at 14:47

    Exercising in general is good for you. Whether you do yoga, cardio or strength. It releases feel-good endorphins into your system. Exercise helps keep you in shape. If you are thin or especially recovering from an E.D., strength training helps you build muscle but still stay lean. I hate cardio so I get it in with jumping jacks between exercises and burpees. I swim but I don’t always have access to a pool. Even just going outside and running around with your siblings is a workout (or picking them and carrying them around.) It is good for you and essential.

  11. Jesus_chick_529

    Posted by Jesus_chick_529 on March 4, 2013 at 13:14

    i love working out!

  12. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on March 4, 2013 at 12:24

    Thanks for the helpful, healthy info! Please continue to write these sort of articles! 😀

  13. ProudGFIC17

    Posted by ProudGFIC17 on March 4, 2013 at 10:11

    So true! I tend to binge workout I need to figure out a more consistent and do-able system cause it is so good for you! <3

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by No Gr8ter Lov3 on March 4, 2013 at 09:04

    Yes!, exercise is so good for you!!!!! Love feeling accomplished!

  15. Beautiful_You

    Posted by Beautiful_You on March 4, 2013 at 08:06

    I’m homeschooled and I get up at 4:45 3 days a week and walk to the local YMCA to exercise because by the time the day is over I’ve talked myself out of exercising, lol 🙂 And it counts as P.E. and I’ve lost weight too. I do cardio for 30-40 minutes and then lift weights for about 20-30 minutes and then take a shower. It’s not my favorite thing to do, but my day is always so much better when I do!!!!

    • Beautiful_You

      Posted by Beautiful_You on March 4, 2013 at 08:09

      Oh, and I listen to Christian music and sometimes read a book during my cardio workout. Their is also a TV toned to the News, so I get to watch that too. I’m a multi tasker 😛

  16. redvinesron

    Posted by redvinesron on March 4, 2013 at 07:31

    I’ve been working out for a while now, and I haven’t been loosing much weight. ): When I loose two pounds, I gain it right back. D:

    • ProudGFIC17

      Posted by ProudGFIC17 on March 4, 2013 at 10:15

      When your stomache is full it can weigh up to four pounds! Also, water weight ( don’t try to get rid of that it’s important) can weigh up to two-four pounds easily. That is at least according to what I’ve been told, and have read. If you have been working out but don’t lose wieght that is good possibly. Unless your doctor say’s you’re over wieght then you are a healthy weight. So chances are if you work out you will gain weight. NOW slow down before you freak out please. Muscle weighs more than fat does, and working out builds muscle and tones you up. So it only makes sense that if you’re a healthy wieght and work out that you will gain wieght. 🙂

      • LittleMissInvisible

        Posted by LittleMissInvisible on March 4, 2013 at 14:50

        Muscle weighs the same as fat. It just takes up less space.
        1 lb of fat = 1 lb of muscle 🙂
        one just looks better than the other 😛

  17. LoVeYoUrSeLf98

    Posted by LoVeYoUrSeLf98 on March 3, 2013 at 19:56

    I play tennis and we go do boxing 2 or 3 times a week (Went this morning). I love exercising, pushing myself and seeing and feeling the fabulos results. I can now fit 2 pairs of old jeans I had grown out of, one of my moms jeans, and I can almost fit a size 11. Go me!! <3

  18. Remedy

    Posted by Remedy on March 3, 2013 at 19:04

    Also want to point out this verse.
    1 Timothy 4:8

    8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

  19. leahgrace99

    Posted by leahgrace99 on March 3, 2013 at 17:26

    I have been injured for the past four months so exercising has been out of the question. I definitely gained weight, but now that I am almost better (praise God!) I will definitely run more often!

  20. leftbehindthekidsfan

    Posted by leftbehindthekidsfan on March 3, 2013 at 16:38

    About 4-5 times a week I do an hour to an hour in a half of step climbing, squats, arm workouts, lunges, and a few other things while I watch a movie or TV show someone (I don’t like working out alone, it’s not as much fun). I love the “healthy” feeling I have after I finish my workout!

  21. redvolution

    Posted by redvolution on March 3, 2013 at 16:31

    i play volleyball, so there is my exercise :), but also i have been going to extra practices and core strength traing ing that my volleyball club provides.

  22. Kyla

    Posted by Kyla on March 3, 2013 at 16:13

    I run 3x a week (sometimes I do races too). I’ve been running for about 2 years now and I love it. I never knew it had these other benefits as well. I would advise everyone to exercise, even if you hate it at first, just think about it positively and it becomes fun. 🙂

    • Madd

      Posted by Madd on March 4, 2013 at 07:10

      It does become fun. I started running last March, and it’s amazing how much better it makes me feel. 🙂 And it gives me something to look forward to on the days I’m busy plowing through schoolwork. I usually run afterwards to clear my mind.

  23. unicorns4567

    Posted by unicorns4567 on March 3, 2013 at 15:58

    yeah i need to start excercising more i had to do pushups and everyone else got like at least 1 and i got 0 i can only do a half man push up because i dont have alot of muscle :/ oh well i just want to start excercising because it makes me feel better

    • Arathay

      Posted by Arathay on March 11, 2013 at 16:47

      Just do pushups on your knees until you build up enough strength to do man-pushups. 🙂 Right now I’m working up to doing one-handed pushups.

  24. Sky.Chase

    Posted by Sky.Chase on March 3, 2013 at 15:16

    I go on a two mile jog 3 days a week, and do taekwondo on the three of days, and i relax on Sunday

    • maddiemae

      Posted by maddiemae on March 4, 2013 at 13:11

      I do tae kwon do four days a week too, and it helps!! It also really helps with cramps.

  25. Remedy

    Posted by Remedy on March 3, 2013 at 15:04

    Another beauty benefit is that you can naturally get some sun without tanning, but make sure to wear sunscreen. I’ve been running and going to the gym, and I’ve found out some new routines I plan on doing!! I just love the thought of making my body healthier because I used to be so lazy and not exercise at all. I need that extra strength.

  26. hockeychick20

    Posted by hockeychick20 on March 3, 2013 at 14:37

    I play hockey so my favorite workout is any kinda of skating 🙂 Since July, I’ve lost 6 pounds and at least two inches around the waist, which is DEFINITELY my favorite benefit of exercising 🙂 Also, after I skate or run I feel so good after the initial tiredness goes away 🙂

  27. Carnation

    Posted by Carnation on March 3, 2013 at 14:31

    Exercise is so great!!

  28. bethluvstheafters

    Posted by bethluvstheafters on March 3, 2013 at 14:22

    I’ve also heard that exercise is good when you have cramps 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by juliatyson on March 4, 2013 at 09:09

      Yeah, my mom tells me that all the time. 🙂
      Drinking a lot of water also helps with cramps.

      • Arathay

        Posted by Arathay on March 11, 2013 at 16:46

        If you’re already skinny, you’ll just got a more toned look. If you workout legit, you’ll start to build muscles and get less skinny! Of course, that process is very slow and not super visible in girls, so don’t worry about it! Exercise is always good for everyone.

    • Madd

      Posted by Madd on March 4, 2013 at 07:07

      I’ve tried it and it works! It’s really amazing all of the benefits of exercising.

      • talyahxx

        Posted by talyahxx on March 9, 2013 at 09:47

        What kind of exercises do you do? I am also pretty skinny, and I’m kinda scared that if I work out I will get more skinny.. 🙂

  29. vanilla

    Posted by vanilla on March 3, 2013 at 14:17

    Well, the obvious one is that it helps you lose weight… but if you’re already skinny and don’t need to lose more weight, there’s still the reason that it gets you in better shape.

    • Madd

      Posted by Madd on March 4, 2013 at 07:06

      I’m super skinny and like you said I don’t need to lose weight. But I love running/jogging because I am in much better shape when I do. It really helps me not feel sluggish, and gives me something worthwhile to do when I would otherwise sit around 🙂