The Fitness Glow-Get glowing!

November 4th, 2011 | Posted by Gail in Uncategorized

Have you ever taken a look at someone with great skin and wanted to know their secret? I know I have and often it has nothing to do with expensive products and facials and more to do with their lifestyle and diet.

There are essential ingredients that contribute to fab glowing skin and the main one is free and around us all the time!

Stay well hydrated and the whole body will benefit, look at any ‘super fast diet of the century’ it will list water as the main factor.It transports all waste/ toxins products through the system and leaves the body cleansed allowing the metabolism to race at top speed. The big eye opener for me on hydration and the complexion was when my father was in hospital and became dehydrated.At 80 he had always had good skin and looked a good 10 years younger all his life. Dehydrated he looked tired, pale and flat complexion. After 24 hours of a intravenous drip to hydrate I walked in the ward to find him glowing pink and skin ‘like a babies bottom’ as they say!

Vitamin A
Found in dairy products, love Greek total yoghurt with fruits for breakfast, dark orange and dark green fruits.
Side salads or vegetables with every meal which also helps satisfy the appetite, antioxidants in all berries, plums and prunes, cherries, apples and dried beans, and essential fatty acid (EFA) in cold water fish, flaxseed, safflower oil, and nuts.
Vitamin A protects the body’s inner and outer linings, antioxidants inhibit chemicals that damage cell membranes, and EFA is a component of the cell membrane itself.

All this with a balanced unprocessed diet should get you glowing.

Get Glowing!
We know that exercise does wonders for our body.Physical activity strengthens our heart, muscles, overall health, and keeps us looking toned and in shape.
Any increase to the body’s circulation will improve the look of the skin, as well as boost detoxification and cell renewal.During exercise, your heart and lungs are responsible for delivering oxygen-rich blood to your muscles as well as to your skin. That’s the physiology behind that flushed skin you experience after a workout. Improved blood flow also carries nutrients to the skin. The added blood, oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin improves collagen production. Collagen keeps the skin smooth and plump.
The natural oils of the skin are produced when you exercise. That helps the skin look healthy and supple. Those natural oils can also moisturize the skin. Exercise can help regulate sebum production levels which can minimize excess oil and clogged pores on the skin leaving you with a rosy complexion you sport after a workout is indicative of health and a level of attractiveness.

Which exercise is best?

Yoga and more stress-relieving exercises help to smooth lines (as the muscles are contracted in the face) and lower stress hormone levels, which could be seen as helpful for our skin.
However any moderate exercise will be good for you.
As the Greek philosopher Kleovoulos (and my father) once said ‘all things in moderation. (chic!)
Kleovoulos was a Greek philosopher and came from Lindos…which is where I hold my fitness holidays..

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