Exercise, particularly cardio (that is, the kind that makes your heart really pump) is known to help relieve stress, boost spirits, fight symptoms of depression, and increase your brain's production of those feel-good endorphins. Endorphins are responsible for what's known as the "runner's high," but any vigorous activity promotes this same response, be it cycling, dancing, swimming, or playing sports.

Not all exercise needs to be strenuous, however—something like a 30-minute walk, especially outdoors, can give you a very healthy payoff. In fact, when I see people in my clinic who are clearly in a funk and can't seem to muster the energy to get out of it, I always say that the best thing is to go for a walk. That alone can change how you feel about yourself.

I try to exercise every morning. Like deep breathing, I know that physical activity also helps my lymphatic fluid get moving through my body, sweeping out cellular debris and toxins and boosting my immune system.

The incredible health benefits of exercise that will convince you to get moving.

Beauty bonus: Exercise does more than just lift your spirits. It gets your blood flowing and increases oxygen flow throughout your body, including to your skin. Researchers have recently found a direct link between moderate exercise and decreased inflammation of damaged skin tissue, and they think that it might have something to do with this increased blood and oxygen. Studies also show that the skin of those who exercise is physically thicker than those who don't.
Excerpted from Complexion Perfection! by Kate Somerville. Copyright © 2010 by Kate Somerville. Excerpted by permission of Hay House.


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