Exercise – whether you are a seasoned marathon runner, or end up jumping into the car or on the bus to travel a mile (we’ve all been there!), there is one thing we can all agree on; with the long evenings and warmer weather, it’s a fabulous time to be outside! And if you can combine your time spent outdoors with a little bit of light exercise, we’re sure you’ll be able to see and feel the results this summer.
Exercise is a great way to help you feel and look better, on the inside as well as the outside! As you exercise, blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. Exercise can also help to reduce stress – an issue which has been linked to flare-ups of acne, eczema and rosacea. The NHS recommend 150 minutes of moderate activity (i.e. fast walking) per week to help maintain a positive and healthy lifestyle . You’ll be pleased to know that pushing a lawnmower counts as ‘moderate activity’, so just keeping on top of the fast-growing grass at this time of year could all contribute to a healthier and more active lifestyle!
Do you suffer from anxiety or low self-esteem that manifests in feelings of dissatisfaction with your physical appearance or in other aspects of your day-to-day life? If so, exercise has been proven to help improve mood . This is due to the fact that when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins which can reduce your perception of pain, trigger positive feelings and can help to improve sleep. However, if you have a pre-existing medical condition, including Depression or Anxiety, it is important to seek the advice of your GP prior to embarking on an exercise regime so that they can ensure your condition is being managed appropriately.
The other thing to be aware of if you are planning on getting out and about and active in the lovely weather is to ensure that you are wearing an appropriate SPF and reapplying regularly if you are perspiring. Wearing a hat, sunglasses and long sleeved, loose and breathable clothing should also help to protect your skin and keep you cool in the warmer weather. Adequate hydration is also a must, so don’t forget to pack a large water bottle in your sports bag and to stop regularly to take on water!
Whatever you do this summer, we hope you enjoy being out and about and active!
Have a lovely June,
Clare McLoughlin RGN INP and the Appearance Based Medicine Team.