In today’s post, you’re going to discover that exercise can do more than build your bones: it can actually make your skin look younger. And this is not hearsay… it’s been scientifically proven!
You see, exercise has a hugely beneficial effect on collagen, a flexible, connective protein that forms the “scaffold” of the bone matrix. Collagen is also a major component of your skin.
Let’s take a closer look at how exercise improves your bones, your skin, and your overall health, and what you can do to take advantage of this information right away.
What Is Collagen?
As mentioned earlier, collagen is a protein. It is strong and flexible, and found primarily in connective tissue such as tendons and ligaments. It’s also a component of cartilage, such as the tip of your nose and tops of your ears, and it surrounds the root of each hair on your head where it delivers nutrients to the hair. The collagen present in your skin is responsible for its elasticity and smoothness.
Because it is directly responsible for bone’s flexibility, collagen plays a significant role in fracture prevention.
Interestingly, research indicates that exercise promotes collagen integrity, yet another way that exercise is good for your bones…but there’s more it can do for you.
Study Reveals Another “Perk” Of Regular Exercise
As so often happens with natural health solutions, the benefits extend beyond the specific area of the body you’re seeking to improve. A natural approach includes the whole body (in fact, the whole person!).
This is exactly the case with exercising for your bone health.
A small but insightful study conducted by researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, showed that exercise has an amazingly youthful effect on skin and hair.
Building on past studies involving mice, researchers studied the impact of regular exercise on 29 volunteers, men and women, aged 20 to 84.
Previous studies at McMaster had shown that mice that regularly ran in exercise wheels had healthier brains, hearts, and reproductive organs than non-exercising mice. Amazingly, the exercising mice also kept their fur much longer (it did not turn grey, either) and were stronger overall. The sedentary mice experienced balding, weakness, and illness.1
Scientists wanted to find out if exercise had a similar youth-preserving effect on humans.
They examined participants’ skin every week for several months, both in the exercising group and the sedentary group. They found that the over-40 exercisers had the skin of someone in their 20s or 30s after exercising just three hours a week.2
Those in the sedentary group who were over the age of 65 then got the chance to exercise regularly, and their skin showed similar improvement. Astonishingly, these older exercisers developed skin characteristic of people in their 30s and 40s.2
Isn’t that amazing?
In Addition To Building Bone, Exercise Is Crucial For Your Overall Health
Study after study confirms that exercise (especially weight-bearing exercise) is crucial for increasing bone density. When bones bear weight, it stimulates them to grow and increase in density.
While the minerals in bone are responsible for hardness, collagen is responsible for bone’s tensile strength. Research has shown that exercise actually influences the collagen matrix in bone.3
If you have the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, you already know about all the other bone-health effects of exercise. Let’s take a quick look at the most important ones.
- Improves mood by reducing cortisol and stimulating endorphin production.
- Enhances cardiovascular health.
- Actually prevents the expression of the genes that make you more susceptible to developing osteoporosis.
- Boosts your immune system.
- Enhances balance, strength, and flexibility.
- Prevents fractures.
What Kind Of Exercise Is Best For Your Bones And Your Health?
Now that you know the amazing benefits of exercise, you probably want to get moving! But where to start?
If you need inspiration, motivation, and step-by-step instructions on how to get started with exercises that are designed to increase your bone density, and if you’re looking to reap the additional benefits mentioned today, then I encourage you to look into the Densercise™ Epidensity Training System.
It only takes 15 minutes a day, three times a week, and thanks to the varied exercises, you’ll never get bored. Because the Densercise™ Epidensity Training System walks you though a complete four-week exercise schedule that’s different every day. Plus you can do them in the privacy of your own home with no special equipment.
So if you haven’t yet, please take a look at Densercise™ today!
Till next time,
1 Sadfar, Adeel, et al. “Endurance exercise rescues progeroid aging and induces systemic mitochondrial rejuvenation in mtDNA mutator mice.” PNAS. January 2011. Doi: 10. 1073/pnas. 1019581108. Web. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2011/02/18/1019581108.abstract
3 Brama PA, Bank RA, Tekoppele JM, Van Weeren PR (2001) “Training affects the collagen framework of subchondral bone in foals.” Vet J 162:24–32