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. https://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
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Thank you so much Vivian for making clear that we can help ourselves and how to. You cheer me up and give me hope everytime I drop in to see you.
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Vivian, My sense of balance is bad. I can do walking tho. Is that enough?Or do you have a book to recommend of those seated in a chair exercise? Is to keep moving enough or it has to be more intense? Louise
Love the information you bring to us. Quick question concerning; “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.” Where can we read the most up-to-date studies???? Many thanks, Michele
I have had 2 stress fractures in the past. I was most interested in your recommendations for exercise. I have been told by my doctor and physiotherapist that I should not do any normal exercises and not even pilates. However, tai chi was acceptable as long as I stopped any activity that caused pain Thus, I try to get to tai chi at least 3 times a week.
Thank you for the information which is so valuable to so many of us.
Good Evening Vivian,
Thank You Very Much For All These Wonderful And Very Helpful Articles. They Are Very Interesting.
Keep Up The Wonderful Work You Are Doing, Trying To SAVEOURBONES!
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I been doing everything you said to do and I fell and I fracture my pelvic on 3 places I guess I have no choice but to take those shots
Good morning Vivian,
Thank you very much for this excellent information.
I truly believe what you sent because, it is proven from
my own life. Your emails as well as from others are all
encouraging. Have a wonderful day and take care always. Marlene
How come when I do research on the internet regarding acidifying and alkalizing foods it says that almond milk, soy milk and rice milk are acidifying. I drink vanilla almond milk unsweetened. Your program says they are alkalizing. It also says that yogurt is acidifying on the internet. I use the greek yogurt and thought this is alkalizing. I need to know as I follow your program as close as I can and don’t want to be doing something daily that is really not the best for me. Please advise. Thank you.
Hi, Jackie. I hope you discover answers to all your questions. I find many answers to my questions from Vivian’s articles by clicking inside the search bar at the top of the page and posing my query. Vivian is diligent to provide us the information we need to take control of our own health and I look forward to her emails every week.
Much success to you!
Hello All, More great information. I’m ordering Densercise to add to my routine. I’ve been in the community for a few years now and never stop learning. The beginning of this year I experienced compression fractures caused by an “anti-cancer” med I had been taking for 3 yrs. All my work with the community had been to no avail and I was puzzled as to the why.It was the poison working against everything I was doing. Threw that stuff in the trash right quick. Now I’m making good progress but have some catching up to do. Will be 68 in the Fall and want to be better than in several years by my 2015 Bday. Keep the information flowing Vivian, we all need you… Thanks very much…
Aha, Yes! I have been exercising since I turned 40. I was just told the other day by a young man (age 42) that he thought I was around 49 or 50 Tops. I hear this quite often. I am 71, turning 72 on Oct. 7th. I cannot possibly agree with your more about exercise. I also applaud you for describing exercises here that are new to me. an inveterate exerciser. I love it! Carole ,
I thoroughly enjoy your e-mails,Vivian,and find the information in them very interesting and helpful.
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Thank you for helping us regain our bone mass. I am having a few balance problems too, even taking yoga. I am not as good about the diet. I am tryingto use Greek yogurt, as many greens as possible. This article is about collagen, is ther a collagen pill we can take? Please submit more recipes.