Exercise. Sweating. Grime. Yeah, exercise isn’t everyone’s best friend. It’s uncomfortable, warm, and challenging if you’re doing it right. Unfortunately, one of the biggest truths we have to acknowledge as we grow older is that exercise becomes an essential component of a healthy lifestyle.
What most people don’t know is that exercise can really help facilitate your beard gains. If you’re struggling with beard density or you just want to maintain the solid growth you have, adding exercise to your weekly routine will help stimulate growth and encourage healthy skin and hair.
Exercise helps your beard through several different factors: how it affects your skin, how it affects your hair, how it affects your body and how it affects your hormones. Perspiring during exercises clears your pores of grime and dead skin, and helps “sweat out” existing toxins that affect your overall health. Have you ever noticed that you smell like booze after a hard night out? That’s because you’re sweating out excess chemicals that your body doesn’t need (i.e. booze). The same principle can be applied to regular exercise – get those toxins out of your system!
A healthy body is achieved through eating healthy food and exercising regularly. In order for your skin and hair to fire on all cylinders, you want a healthy body to back it up.
Exercise also increases circulation throughout your body, including your face. Encouraging circulation throughout your whole body helps your physiology absorb nutrients and oxygen more effectively. Amping up your circulation helps stimulate hair growth, too.
Find Exercise You Enjoy
This is probably the most important factor in your exercise journey. You don’t have to sign up at a gym in order to start exercising! There are tons of different ways to exercise regularly that don’t occur to everyone, which means there is an enjoyable physical activity out there waiting just for you. Here are some recommendations to help you find an exercise you enjoy:
- Power walk or jog around your neighborhood
- Swim laps at a local pool
- Try kayaking or rowing
- Check out hiking trails near your home
- Join a gym closer to work than home – this way you work out right before or right after work
- If you’re already a gym member, try a new class or cash in on a training session
- Check out a local indoor rock climbing gym
- Sign up for a trial martial arts class
- Yoga class – they’re harder than they look!
- Pilates class – again, way harder than it looks
- Spinning class – these are so popular that spinning “gyms” are on the rise
Quantify Your Progress
When we say “quantify your progress”, we mean track your exercise somehow. Once you start keeping track of your exercise – be it how many workouts you complete weekly, how many kilometres you run, or how long it takes to bike 10 miles – you can see yourself improve over time. Once you start seeing you’re getting better at your chosen exercise on paper, your brain’s neurochemical reward system will kick in and encourage you to exercise more.
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