If we had to choose one habit that offers the biggest bang for your beauty buck, exercise would be it. Seriously, it works wonders.
When most of us think about why we exercise, we probably think of nudging that scale just a few pounds lower or squeezing into skinny jeans. Sure, exercise is essential for any weight-loss program. But most of the benefits of exercise are actually internal. You might not see them, but you’ll definitely feel them.
From better mood and energy to a strong heart and fewer headaches, exercise helps to keep your insides happy and healthy (and steams up your sex life too!). Exercise is key for a long, pain-free life. It even prevents all sorts of diseases, from breast cancer and osteoporosis to diabetes and heart disease.
And—you know the mantra—a healthy body is a beautiful body. Here is what you can expect when you make exercise a regular habit:
More confidence: Say goodbye to complaining about the tiny little imperfections no one else can see. Regular physical activity improves your self-esteem so you feel like the beautiful woman you are.
Happiness: Exercise releases endorphins that improve your mood and make you feel happier. It’s even more effective than antidepressants!
Strong heart: Getting your ticker up to speed lowers your risk of heart attack or stroke, and helps prevent blood clots. It keeps your blood pressure and cholesterol low, and your arteries healthy. In some cases, regular exercise can even replace cholesterol medications. Always consult your doctor before making any changes to your treatment plan.
Restful sleep: Exercise helps you fall asleep faster and sleep better, so you can get your beauty rest. It also helps you avoid weight-related sleep-disrupters like sleep apnea and heartburn.
Lower stress: Feeling stressed? Exercise is a great way to burn off all that pent-up energy. (Psst: Sex is a great stress-buster!)
Fewer headaches: Endorphins are your new best friend. Not only do they improve your mood, they help soothe an ache-y body, which relieves headaches, menstrual cramps, or back pain. Exercise also helps relieve tension headaches, leaving you blissfully pain-free.
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