Exercise – the Poor Man's (and Women's) Plastic Surgery

by DavalosMcCormack on February 6, 2008

I was going to subtitle this “Why moving your buttocks could help you avoid botox” but I thought that a tad crude. Even so, it’s not far off the mark. There’s a lot of evidence that the cheapest way to get a face lift, is to do some arm lifts and leg lifts and generally run around a bit.

Let’s start with the most obvious reason why exercise is the cheap man’s plastic surgery. First, you just look better if you are a healthy weight, with a firm body and face. Let’s face it, droopy hanging jowls look cute on a bloodhound but not on a person.

But there are many other reasons too, among them the fact that exercise is really good for your skin. First, sweating is a great way to unclog pores, clear out the toxins and slough off dead skin, leaving your face fresher and healthier looking. It also boosts circulation to the skin helping promote the making of collagen, those little fibers that plump up your skin and help keep wrinkles at bay. Because it helps regulate the production of hormones such as DHEA, exercise can help reduce your risk of getting acne.

And that’s not all. Exercise is a great stress reliever and, as anyone who has ever been under a tight deadline can tell you, stress can cause your skin to breakout in a hurry. It can even cause your hair to fall out. Not fun. So anything that reduces stress has to be good.

At this point most articles would throw in quotes from academic figures with impressive sounding credentials, such as Dr. Ernest Crumpenfelter PhD, Professor of Exercise Physiology and Biodynamics at the Institute for Esoteric Studies in Cologne, Germany. But that just delays you reading the basic information and ultimately doesn’t mean anything. If it doesn’t work, having Dr. Crumpenfelter say it does won’t make it so. You really just have to get out there yourself and try it and see. There are lots of studies that prove this stuff, but the best study is the one you do on yourself.

OK, moving right along! Regular exercise means you are much less likely to be overweight, and less likely to develop those charming “love handles” or “beer bellies” that droop over the side of your pants or skirt when it’s buttoned up. If you don’t have those you won’t need liposuction to get rid of them.

Exercise is proven to be useful at helping reduce your risk of depression, or even of helping you recover from mild depression. Many runners talk about the “endorphin effect”, a kind of euphoria that washes over them during runs. Personally I hate running and the only time I experience euphoria is when I stop; however, there is a huge amount of evidence to show that regular exercise can help create feelings of well-being and happiness. And happy, confident looking people are much sexier than depressed folks.

And while you are doing all this don’t forget to drink plenty of water. That helps flush out all the toxins from your system, and increase blood flow to the skin.

With regular exercise you’ll look better, feel better, and best of all you won’t have that blank-expression-too-tight-smile look that so many botoxed-face-lifted folks have. And just think how much money you’ll save on cosmetic surgery bills.

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