Glowy. Clear. Bright. Radiant. All things we want our skin to be, but don’t always put in the effort. I’ve certainly fallen victim to the lazy mindset that all my lifestyle sins can be counteracted with fancy skin care products. You can try to achieve good looking skin from the outside alone, but there’s one piece of the puzzle that many people miss.
By now we all know the benefits that regular exercise has on our bodies and minds, but have you heard of the positive impact it can have on skin? What we do on the surface can only do so much, but exercise goes far deeper.
If you live with a mental health condition like anxiety or depression, it’s probably not unusual for you to feel like you can’t, or don’t want to leave the house sometimes.
Tell me if this is familiar:
You go to bed determined tomorrow will be productive. But, when you wake up, you feel different. It’s one of those days. No matter how much you tell yourself to get up, get on with it, this is silly, you have so much to do; you just can’t seem to. It’s like there’s something physically stopping you. The thought of going outside is overwhelming.
Before I came travelling, I had a pretty good routine when it comes to exercise. I was at the gym for about an hour every week day, just after breakfast, and I was doing really well.
Life is quite unpredictable when travelling, so it makes exercise quite difficult. For someone who was a fairly habitual gym-dweller, not having access to a gym meant that I pretty much just stopped doing intentional exercise.
On most days, I was walking a ton but, now that we’re kind of settled in one place, that’s stopped too.
I know that exercising has a positive effect on my mental and physical health. I shouldn’t have been surprised that I noticed changes in those areas when I stopped exercising.
So, for people wondering if it really makes that much difference if you skip the workout for a few weeks, here’s what happens to you when you stop exercising.