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7 Ways Diet and Exercise Improve Your Appearance

Avoid Toxic Things

Regular exercise and a healthy, well balanced diet have been scientifically proven to have a positive impact on not only our health, but also our overall appearance. Although you can’t expect to see results overnight, ensuring that you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle, through making the right dietary choices as well as exercising regularly, over time you can expect to see a difference (hopefully positive!) with your appearance.

Nowadays there are an abundance of toxic substances that people are willing to ingest into their bodies. From cigarettes and alcohol, to fast food and energy drinks, each of these things can be not only highly addictive, but also really bad for your general health and well being. In particular, tobacco and abusive drugs can be detrimental to your health, and should you have an addiction to either or both of these, then your diet and exercise are the least of your worries. However, as mentioned previously, junk food and energy drinks are a far more common issue facing the general population nowadays, with more than 2 billion people being classified as overweight worldwide. Minimising the consumption of these food and drinks is critical if you are looking to optimise your general health and well being, starting by limiting the number of process foods you consume. As convenient and tasty as they may be, avoiding them will be beneficial to your appearance in the long run, as the added sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, and sucrose can negatively impact your metabolism.

Intake food rich in Vitamin C

Our bodies do not naturally store of produce the water-soluble vitamin C. This means that everyday, we need to replenish our supply of vitamin C, which is most commonly found within fruit and vegetables. Citrus fruits are some of the best vitamin C food sources, such as kiwis, lemons, guavas and oranges. Vegetables that are high in vitamin C include broccoli and brussel sprouts. There are a number of benefits to having a diet that’s rich in foods containing vitamin C, such as healthier skin. Vitamin C is vital for the synthesis of collagen, which is needed to support the growth of new tissue. Not only does it help with your skin, it is also found in the connective tissues of healthy gums, bones and muscles. It also improves iron absorption.

Lift things and move around

Ensuring that you are constantly engaging all of your different muscles groups is extremely important for your health. Whilst lifting weights and exercising may seem like the most common ways to ‘quickly’ improve your appearance, however there is much more to it than that. Exercising your body, brain and hormones will help your appearance also, and needs to be considered. Lifting weights will lower your blood sugars, and insulin levels. It also improves cholesterol. General exercise and activity can help reduce depression, and the risk of some chronic diseases, such as the aforementioned obesity, as well as heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Not only lifting weights and intense exercise will help with your appearance, just going for brisk walks will help as well, due to the increased vitamin D intake from the sun.

Don’t skip strength training

As mentioned already, lifting weights can be highly beneficial to your appearance. Not only will it help to lower your cholesterol, it will also firm up your muscle groups, strengthen bones, which will then lead to increased self-confidence and better general moods. Gym Equipment have put together a list of 55 exercises that you can try, these target your whole body and can be performed both at home and in the gym.

Use antioxidants

A plant-based diet is generally filled with inflammation-fighting antioxidants, which generally help with the stabilisation and deactivation of free radicals before they start to attack healthy cells, and help to maintain a healthy balance within our body. Antioxidants are not only important for good nutrition, but they also help with the repair of damaged tissue, so are essential when considering how a diet can impact your appearance.

Reduce Stress

A healthy lifestyle is not only based around your diet and physical traits, but also your mental state. Being stressed all the time can be detrimental to your mental health, which can then impact your sleep and therefore your overall health. Excess stress can also raise cortisol levels, which have a severe negative impact on your metabolism, and therefore a negative impact on your appearance.

Get more sleep

It is a well-known fact that sleep is a common factor contributing to our overall health and well being, and there have been numerous studies outlining the correlation between sleep deprivation and many diseases, such as obesity and heart disease. Therefore, it is extremely important to ensure you are doing all that you can to ensure not only more time sleeping, but better quality sleep. There are several ways you can do this, such as sleeping in complete darkness, getting yourself into a regular sleeping pattern, and avoiding any caffeine or energy stimulants directly before bed.