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A lesser-known tool for better hair

“I can see the greys already. You are growing old now!”‍Have such comments got you feeling down? People who say these things will also have a long list of solutions to offer - apply onion juice, start using Ayurvedic hair oils, stop using shampoo loaded with chemicals, drink green juice, and so on.
Dr. Bhavika M
October 19, 2023

Have you ever heard comments like, "Your hair is thinning!" or "The greys are coming in – you must be getting old!"  These remarks can be discouraging, and the unsolicited advice that follows (onion juice, anyone?) often lacks scientific backing.

Hair loss can have multiple causes, including stress, poor diet, and frequent chemical treatments. While many women focus on fruits, vegetables, supplements, and stress reduction (all great steps!), one crucial factor often gets overlooked: exercise.

Exercise: Beyond Weight Loss for Healthy Hair

Exercise isn't just about shedding pounds. It can improve your skin's radiance and keep your hair thick and healthy. But there's a strategic approach to reap the full benefits:

  • Cardiovascular Exercise: Activities like walking, running, swimming, or dancing get your heart pumping, improving blood flow throughout your body, including your scalp. This increased circulation delivers vital nutrients to your hair follicles, promoting healthy hair growth.
  • Stress Reduction: Ever feel fantastic after a Zumba class or a refreshing swim? Exercise reduces stress hormones like cortisol, which can contribute to hair loss. It also elevates endorphins, natural mood-boosters that promote better sleep and pain management.

Listen to Your Body: Start Slow and Gradually Increase Intensity

Don't jump straight into a 5km run! Pushing yourself too hard initially can cause injuries. Begin with a comfortable pace and gradually increase intensity as your fitness level improves.

Yoga: More Than Just Flexibility

Yoga isn't just about contortions or complex poses. It can be adapted to your comfort level. You can choose basic "asanas" (postures) and gradually increase difficulty. Consider consulting a yoga instructor to learn postures that enhance blood flow to the scalp. Improved circulation nourishes hair follicles and revitalizes dull hair. Yoga can also improve digestion, leading to better nutrient absorption, another factor crucial for healthy hair.

Does Exercise Stop Hair Loss Completely?

Exercise, when combined with a healthy diet, good sleep, and overall lifestyle improvements, can significantly improve hair health. However, it's not a one-time fix. Consistent effort over several months is key to see noticeable results.

Embrace exercise as a journey to a healthier, calmer you – and enjoy the bonus of a natural glow and thicker, stronger hair!

Ready to get started? Share your favorite exercise routines or tips in the comments below! Let's inspire each other to incorporate exercise into our hair care routines.