When we think of ‘Tis the season to be doing something, we don’t usually think of exercising. Aren’t Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve a glorious time for celebrations, gift exchanges, eating, relaxing and traveling to see family? Sure, but there are plenty of reasons why you may want to include a quick daily walk or jog around the neighborhood in the upcoming holiday season – and that includes hair regrowth.
How does Exercise Affect Hair Growth?
Very little research has been done on the effects of exercise on hair growth cycle. Exercise is an essential component of an overall healthy lifestyle. But it can only indirectly influence hair growth and the health of your hair. Here are some ways in which exercise can impact your hair:
1) Improved Blood Circulation and Hormonal Balance
Do you know that exercise increases blood circulation throughout the body including your scalp? Improved blood flow to the hair follicles can potentially support hair growth by delivering more nutrients and oxygen essential for healthy hair.
Exercise also helps in regulating hormone levels in the body including those related to hair health. Hormone imbalances especially involving androgens like testosterone and its derivatives, can also contribute to hair loss and other hair-related issues.
2) Kick stress to the curb!
There’s no denying that holidays are a time for happiness and celebration. And there’s no denying that they can bring on a ton of stress. Whether you’re hosting loved ones at your house, traveling across the country to visit family, or planning the New Year’s Eve bash of the century, a plethora of problems can arise. Think, flight delays, weather inconveniences, packing complications and cooking accidents. Your stress levels are bound to rise.
Stress isn’t good for your health. Who hasn’t heard this before? Probably no one. Over time, stress can lead to various medical conditions, including depression, anxiety disorders, heart disease, and, yes – hair loss on top of everything else!
While having a glass of wine or spiked eggnog may seem like the quickest way to reduce stress levels during the holidays, exercise will be much more effective in the long run. Here’s a little secret: breaking out a sweat increases levels of endorphins, otherwise known as your “feel-good” hormones. Endorphins reduce tension and anxiety, block pain, decrease appetite and bring on feelings of euphoria. You’ll feel better and have more energy, all the while protecting your health (and your hair as you spare it from the dangers of stress).
Exercise also boosts your epinephrine levels. This hormone augments blood circulation and directs blood (and its nutrients) to wherever it’s needed. Extra epinephrine means extra nutrients are delivered to your hair roots so that they can stay healthy during stressful times.
Some women may associate hair regrowth treatments as stressful – after all, who wants to spend a surplus of time and money for results that may not do much when all is said and done? But here’s a tip. Using laser hair loss devices, such as the Theradome LH80 PRO, actually turns out to be a relaxing experience. All you need to do is click on a button, sit back and relax for 20 minutes as you carry on wrapping presents, chatting with the family or watching your favorite holiday movie.
3) Keep those extra pounds off!
We all know the holidays are a time that we all usually put on a bit of weight. The stakes are higher than you think. It’s not just a matter of fitting in our Christmas and New Year’s Eve dresses: a high Body Mass Index can also mean bad news for our luscious tresses. And that doesn’t only happen during the holidays. It’s often easier to swing by a drive-through or order take-out than to plan out nutritious family meals.
To make matters worse, our metabolism slows down with age and these “few extra pounds” can become a lot harder to shed. Excess weight causes serious health conditions, including type II diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis, diseases. These all jeopardize the amount of energy dedicated to keeping your hair healthy and strong.
So why not take precautions (or get a head start on your New Year resolutions) and start organizing engaging and fun family activities that make everyone break a sweat?
While you fight back against holiday weight gain, exercise can improve your hair growth!
Don’t forget it goes both ways: being underweight can indicate nutritional deficiencies, which can lead to serious health problems. This underweight causes damage to your hair. So make sure to balance your diet and if your hair is beginning to thin, try including zinc, selenium, biotin, protein, fatty acids and iron in your diet. Not sure where to start? Try consulting a nutritionist or registered dietitian.
The bottom line: hair regrowth can’t occur if you don’t eat well, so take the right steps towards adopting a healthy lifestyle and incorporating exercise into your life. Never forget that you can prevent hair loss, strengthen hair and increase hair density with laser phototherapy devices such as the Theradome LH80 PRO.
4) Give your immune system a boost!
If you feel great, chances are you’ll look great too – and that includes your lustrous locks. Exercise fortifies the immune system, makes you healthier and less prone to getting sick. Illness can take a large toll on your body; if that’s the case, your hair will be the first thing to shed away.
Other Factors That Can Affect Hair Growth
Staying healthy and keeping your body fit helps in hair growth. Aside from exercise, various factors can contribute to promoting hair growth and maintaining healthy hair:
Good Hygiene: Keeping the scalp and hair clean is essential for a healthy hair growth environment. Regular washing and proper cleansing help remove excess oil, sweat, and product buildup, ensuring a healthy and clean scalp.
Gentle Hair Care: While washing, brushing, and styling your hair, always be gentle. Use a wide-toothed comb or a brush with soft bristles to avoid unnecessary pulling and breakage.
Avoid Overwashing: Keeping your scalp clean is important, but excessive washing can strip the scalp of its natural oils, which are essential for healthy hair.
Vitamin Supplements: Consider taking vitamin supplements like biotin, vitamins D and E, and other hair-friendly vitamins and minerals.
Proper Hair Products: Use hair products that are suitable for your hair type and concerns. Look for products that are free from harsh chemicals and sulfates, and consider using natural or organic options. Theradome can be the best option since it is a non-invasive treatment for hair loss. It stimulates hair growth using laser light therapy that stimulates hair follicles.
Scalp Exercises for Hair Growth
Some scalp massages and exercises might enhance blood circulation and relaxation, potentially benefiting hair health indirectly.
Scalp Massage: Gently massage your scalp in circular motions with your fingertips. Scalp massaging can stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles, promoting a healthy environment for hair growth.
Flip Your Head: Bend forward at the waist and let your head hang down towards the ground. Gently massage your scalp in this position to increase blood circulation.
Finger Tapping: Lightly tap your scalp with your fingertips. This can help stimulate blood flow and energize the scalp.
Scalp Stretches: Gently pull your hair in different directions to stretch the scalp. This might help release tension and improve blood circulation.
Yoga and Breathing Techniques: Certain yoga poses and deep breathing exercises can reduce stress, which indirectly impacts hair health. Stress is known to contribute to hair loss, so relaxation techniques may help.
Taking Care of Yourself and Your Hair
Don’t forget that your hair is tied health (emotional, psychological and physical). Taking care of yourself is the best way to keep your hair healthy for years to come! And for those moments when things might not go your way, reach for the Theradome hair regrowth helmet. It can ensure that your locks keep bouncing, growing and glowing!