Benefits of Summer Exercise for Your Hair
- 1. Exercise increases blood flow to the scalp.
- 2. Sweating from the scalp helps unclog the pores.
- 3. The stress hormone cortisol is reduced, so more hair follicles resume growing.
- 4. Moderate to high level cardio workout gets blood/oxygen circulating.
Let’s look at number 1. Getting the body moving means that your head is also active. Dr. Minaz Ratey, a professor at Harvard Medical School, says that “Exercise is one of the most important ingredients for beautiful hair.” Even beginning with five minutes of brisk walking is helpful. Ratey believes that physical activity with a healthy diet creates an effective nutrients exchange for the muscles, skin and scalp.
As far as sweating, listed in number 2, this is also a key factor for healthy hair growth. The activity nourishes the hair roots. Sweat from our scalp helps us to flush out toxins and unclog the follicles. This enables enough space for the new hair to begin growing. Working out also increases blood flow to our muscles, skin and scalp. The extra blood flow carries with it more nutrients and more oxygen.
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo is the founder and medical director of North Atlanta Hair Restoration, specializing in treating hair loss in both men and women. He is one of only 300 people in the world certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is a member of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, American Hair Loss Association, and The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
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