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Exercise & Healthy Hair

by Evenes Ruth Mafupa

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For most people, the day entails spending six hours or more seated in front of a computer and driving home after work and quickly passing by the shops to grab what may be needed at home. Most people are walking a lot less these days and this obviously has an impact on the general well being of the body. This is when the need to make an effort to exercise and stay fit comes in. Exercise has an impact on maintaining healthy hair.

It is said, intense cardio where you are actually able to break into a sweat helps your body to get rid of toxins and this impacts on your production of sebum resulting in it becoming more and healthier. Sebum is the oil produced by our skin/scalp which in turn oils the hair shaft and prevents it from becoming dry and brittle.

Exercises like walking, running, rowing, cycling etc, you know what I mean, those exercises that increase your heart rate, improve the blood circulation in your body including your scalp thereby delivering the much needed nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles giving you healthy hair full of luster.

There are so many ways to increase your activity everyday even at work or in the comfort of your home. At work you can try doing lunch time walks, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to a person’s desk instead of phoning them etc. At home, there are a number of exercises that you can do like sit-ups, leg-ups, jogging on one spot, lunges and more. You can just look up home exercises on the internet and you do not even need equipment to get started. You can also try walking to the shops instead of driving if you can. Get creative and find ways to increase your activity level. You however need to start easy and work your way up to avoid muscle strain or burn-out.

If your man is becoming bald despite going to the gym and all, especially considering the fact that exercising or being healthy prevents hair loss, then, shifting emphasis of his workouts from heavy weight lifting designed to build bulky muscle to vigorous cardio will help so says Belgraviacentre.com. Apparently, the most cause of hair loss in men is androgen alopecia which is caused by the action of male hormones (androgens) on genetically predisposed hair follicles to convert testosterone into the androgen DHT (dihydrotestosterone) by and enzyme called 5-alpha . This DHT prevents new hair cells growth causing the follicles to shrink with each growth cycle until they become dysfunctional. Therefore, short intense workout designed to raise androgen levels in order to bulk up and achieve the body builder look will also raise testosterone levels and the free testosterone will be converted into DHT resulting in accelerated hair loss or balding in genetically programmed individuals. Source belgraviacentre.com

A really good workout, walk or run really works wonders in alleviating stress. You know most people are stressing about something or another and wonder why their hair is falling out and then they start stressing about their hair as well. Why not give yourself a break and go for a walk. Do this regularly and you may soon not need all those tablets to keep you sane and going.

Now there is no excuse for skipping a workout, jog or aerobic class because of a hairstyle you want to preserve. You can employ the use of a thick hair band around your hair line to trap all the sweat so it does not soak your hair. You can also just weigh what is more important, the hairstyle or a healthy body. I will choose a healthy body and try and style my hair in a way that compliments my healthy lifestyle so that I can really sweat it out when I exercise and still manage to go for an interview or meeting soon after without looking unkempt.

So come on. Get off that couch and get moving. Your whole body will really thank you.

See you later, I’m going for a walk. Yey!!!!!!!!!!


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