We have covered the ways in which exercise is good for you.  The benefits it has on your joints and the ways you could harm yourself if you don’t follow the necessary precautions.  We have seen how sweat can affect your hair health, if not washed out.

But what happens when there is a lack of exercise?  Can this affect your thinning hair?  It seems like you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t!!!  No, I’m only kidding.  Exercise has many benefits — let’s look at this issue in more detail…

How is exercise beneficial for you?

Exercise lifts your spirits and makes you feel happier.  That means that you are not stressing as much.  So, if you are not stressing, it helps with both hair thinning and hair loss.  Stress is a contributing factor to hair loss.  Stress is the cause of many ailments.

Exercise lifts the spirits and lowers stress levels.

Exercise can improve overall wellbeing by lifting your spirits and lowering stress levels.

Exercise helps with weight management self-image.  Exercise is excellent for the muscles, joints, and bones.  It increases your energy levels and also increases blood flow to the scalp, skin, and muscles.  This means your circulation is improved and you have more oxygen and nutrients flowing to the organs.  When you exercise you sweat.  Sweating is good in that it opens the pores and releases the toxins.  This will help with hair growth as long as you wash out the sweat when you are done exercising.

Regular exercise also improves your sleep.  Quality sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and exercise will improve the quantity and quality of your sleep.  This allows the body to produce new cells and allows for cell regeneration.  As hair is mostly protein, this will lead to healthier hair and help reduce thinning hair.

There are many reasons for hair loss.  Poor lifestyle choices are one of the leading causes, as well as an aging population.  Exercise, however, is one way to combat this problem.  Provided it is done correctly, that is.

Negative side-effects of a lack of exercise

If exercise has all these benefits for the way you look and feel, then what happens when there is a lack of exercise, and how will this affect your hair thinning or hair loss?  We have said before that stress is a big cause of hair loss / thinning hair.  If your activity levels are low you may not have the stress relief that exercise brings. This can affect your hair and your health.

Stress can lead to hair loss.

Stress is a major contributor to poor overall health.

If you lack exercise you may have poor circulation, and this will result in your hair not having the proper nutrients it needs to be strong and healthy.  This can cause hair thinning and breakage.  Poor blood flow is also why people with hair transplants lose their transplanted hair.

Exercise Tips for Everyday Living

If you are not able to exercise, try to at least keep the blood flow going.  Try massaging your scalp with oils.  This increases the blood flow.  At work, take the stairs instead of the elevator.  While sitting at your desk, try rolling your shoulders, your neck, your wrists, and your feet.  During your breaks take a walk in the office block or a park nearby.  Wake up 5 minutes earlier and do some morning stretches.  Go hiking on the weekends.  Being in nature exploring new places can be great for your body, mind, and spirit.

Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated.  Eat a well -balanced diet and take multivitamins.  Try less strenuous exercises. To relieve stress, try meditation or some form of active relaxation.  No, I don’t mean sit like a yogi for hours, but try to sit quietly for 5 to 10 minutes a day and enjoy the sunrise and sunset, without going through your to-do list in your mind.  Pay attention to your breathing.  Take deeper breaths. When we are stressed, we forget to breathe properly and take quick short breaths.  While these suggestions are not a replacement for a workout, it can help in some of the areas.  Exercise and hair loss are definitely related.

It’s never a good idea to overdo it, but regular exercise will slow the hair thinning process and give you healthier hair.

Yoga is an excellent form of active relaxation.

Yoga is a mild form of exercise and an excellent way to reduce stress.

What’s your story?  Have you seen real results from simply improving your exercise routines?  We’d love to hear from you, let us know in the comments below.