It's a new year and what better time than now to get in tip-top shape? We all know that exercise can slim you down and tone you up, but did you know that you can also reap a bunch of beauty benefits from breaking a sweat? Think about it: Ever notice your skin looking brighter and flushed after a few minutes on the treadmill? That's because regular exercise can do everything from improve your posture, promote healthy hair, to even smooth skin. I did a little digging to help you discover how working out can affect your overall appearance. Check out the breakdown below!

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Healthy you beautiful you

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If you’re exercising regularly and eating properly you’re improving your overall health which can leave you with a healthy, more youthful appearance. So get running chicas!

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Sweating is good for your hair and skin

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Believe it or not sweat doesn’t just do your body good, but it can do your beauty good too. Since sweat is released through the pores it helps to clear pores of dirt, trapped oils, dead skin cells, and even bacteria. Wait, there’s more! Our sweat also contains a natural antibiotic that fights acne-causing bacteria, meaning sweat can actually work to clear your skin. Who would have known?!

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Radiant skin

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Exercising regularly improves blood and oxygen circulation which leaves your skin tone more even and your complexion more radiant. HELLO, glowy skin!

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Reduces bloating

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When I first started struggling with gastritis (a stomach disease that causes lower abdominal pain and bloating) my doctor recommend I exercise more often. That’s because working out helps to reduce water retention in our bodies that causes bloating and also helps rid your body of any excess gas.

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Healthy hair

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Just like it does with your skin, when you exercise it increases the blood flow that floods not only our cells but our hair follicles. This not only promotes healthy, shiner hair but it can also stimulate hair growth. Many women experience hair loss due to DHT, a hormone that prevents hair growth. Exercise can help lower levels of this hormone that causes shedding and loss.

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Improve posture

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Exercise can help correct bad posture and make you appear longer, and leaner. Try activities that help stretch and strengthen muscles like yoga or pilates. You’ll notice in time that you’ll look thinner, toner and stand a lot taller.

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Greater self-confidence

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Many studies have found that when people exercise, they feel better about themselves overall. Self-worth many times is tied to our energy, so if you’re feeling energetic you automatically feel better. And let’s face it, nothing more beautiful than a woman comfortable in her own skin!