Cardio workouts like running, aerobics, biking, or swimming have many great benefits for your muscle tone, cardiovascular system, and fat loss, but if you’re only doing cardio, you may be doing your body a disservice. Adding strength training and yoga to your fitness regime has important anti-aging benefits. Also, making sure to properly stretch before working out and allowing the body time to rest and repair itself between workouts prevents inflammation that could lead to problems down the road.
Think yoga is too easy or too slow to have any real benefits other than stress relief or stretching? Think again! Not only does yoga help your muscles achieve great tone, it also benefits your skin. Certain yoga poses improve your body’s circulation, enhancing the look of your skin by allowing more oxygen to be delivered to the skin. And that’s not the only skin-enhancing benefit of yoga. Research shows that yoga helps reduce stress and inflammation that can cause skin to look older, plus the calming nature of this workout can help skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. So you can Downward Dog or Sun Salute your way toward clear, younger-looking skin.
If you overlook strength training in favor of a heart-pumping workout, you may be losing out on some great body benefits. Consistent strength training can actually improve the look of your skin. Increasing your muscle tone will actually help prevent the sagging skin that comes with aging because the skin has a firmer, more filled out base. The overall appearance of your body when you regularly work on muscle tone will be tighter and firmer than if you only stick to a cardio workout. So get those reps going, whether it is with weight machines or just a set of dumbbells, and get ready to see amazing results in the mirror.
There’s nothing like the feeling of a vigorous, intense workout, right? Well, as long as you are careful to provide your body with the proper warm up and cool down periods. Stretching before any workout gives the muscles a chance to loosen up and avoid injury. More important is the period after working out when your body needs time to repair itself and rest. Too many intense workouts without a break can actually lead to chronic inflammation because your muscles are not able to properly heal between workouts. Other symptoms of working out too intensely include persistent soreness, exhaustion, loss of appetite, sleeplessness with the resulting dark circles or bags under the eyes, and increased heart rate. You want your workout to build your body up, not break it down! So make sure you plan your rest time just as you would your workout.
A healthy cardio workout plus the benefits of these anti-aging workout additions will help your body and skin look toned, youthful, and the picture of perfect health!