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How much impact does fitness have on hair loss?

For some, fitness is one of the most important parts of their daily routine whether it’s going for a morning run or ensuring you get to the gym every evening for a weight session, a class or a swim – it just becomes part of your daily life. For others, hitting the gym is something you dread and is most defiantly not a part of our daily lives.

There is so much research on the benefits that regular exercise can have on our health and wellbeing. Today we’re looking at fitness and how much impact it has on the health of our hair

The rise in looking good

Many people are influenced by things they see on TV and social media and recently the rise in fitness based advertisement and influencers have had a huge impact on the UK. In 2017, a poll by Hammerson found that almost 70% of people living in London admitted to being ‘style conscious’ about how they looked when working out. The same poll also highlighted that 29% of the UK spend as much money on gym clothing as they do on regular clothing.

The poll highlights that we’re a style-conscious nation who always want to look as good as possible, even when we’re sweating in the gym. The number of people heading to the gym or opting for a morning run or yoga session is ever increasing.
Working out to look our best is something that is becoming second nature to most, but have you ever stopped to think about how your lifestyle might be affecting your hair? Today we’re discussing exercise and hair loss.

The benefits of exercise

Exercising on a regular basis has a number of different benefits, not just to help you look good – it will also make you feel good. Being physically active on a regular basis is proven to lower risk of type 2 diabetes, lower risk of depression, lower risk of breast cancer and lower risk of coronary heart disease and strokes (according to the NHS).

Exercise and our hair

Exercise is actually a form of stress, this is something that most people do not understand. When you first begin to exercise it can affect your body in a negative way and over time your body will adapt positively to the stress and your body will become fitter and stronger.

As with mental stress, if your body is put through physical stress it can take some time to adapt and you might notice some changes in your hair, such as hair loss. Stress is one of the most common causes of hair loss. Given that exercise is a form of stress that is controllable, if you’re going through other types of mental or physical stress it is recommended to cut down the number of days that you work out.

If you’re currently experiencing stress in your life it might be a good idea to take somewhat of a back seat when it comes to your fitness. Taking it easy with light cardio and weightlifting for a few days a week will ensure no extra stress is put onto your body.

How much should I really be exercising?

As mentioned above, exercise is good for us for a number of different reasons and it is something we should all be doing, but as with anything, moderation is key. It is so important that you do not overdo it, but at the same time, you must ensure you’re exercising enough for it to make an impact on your own individual lifestyle.

The NHS recommend 150 minutes of exercise per week, which could be broken down to 5 30 minute sessions in the gym, or at home. This is a rough guide to keep you fit and healthy but to ensure you do not push yourself too much. However, this is just a guide and it is important to listen to your body and either slow it down, or kick things up a bit if you feel like you can.

If you would like more information on the health of your hair or how the Harley Street Hair Clinic could help you today, please contact us for a no obligation consultation.

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