Running is an incredible form of exercise. But while it makes you stonger, healthier and feel younger, could it leave you looking older? Some people believe that high impact cardiovascular exercise such as running, jogging and jumping can lead to premature wrinkles and sagging. They put this down to the high-impact nature of running – the repeated pounding of the pavement. However, something else is actually going on.
Firstly, many runners weren’t always runners and may have lost weight when they started exercising. When you lose weight, you also lose weight from the face, which can make wrinkles more pronouced. It also makes the hollows of the face, such as the cheeks, more noticeable. Therefore, premature aging is associated with weight loss, not not running per se. In other words, running did not make the skin any less elastic.
Secondly, runners tend to spend a lot of time outdoors – running. This is where running really is likely to cause wrinkles. Most of us don’t use enough sun protection. And spending time outdoors without proper sun proctection will cause wrinkles and fine lines, as well as hyperpigmentation. So while running may cause wrinkles prematurely, the real culprit is sun exposure. However, wearing proper sun protection such as sun block, hat or visor, sunglasses, and running clothing with ultraviolet protection factor (UPF), will help prevent sun damage.
SIMPLE WAYS TO BEAT AGING
- Avoid the sun when it is at is strongest.
- Use a high SPF on your neck, as well as face. Wrinkles running across the neck are an easy way to recognize a sun-worshiper. Neck skin can show sun damage early on because it’s much thinner than facial skins, thus good protection is vital.
- Avoid severe weight fluctuations. Try to keep within 5- 10 pounds of your ideal weight and avoid fad or crash diets.
- Stay hydrated —hydrated skin looks plumper and is much less susceptible to wrinkling.
- Don’t smoke!
- Several studies suggest that eating organic whole foods are beneficial for the skin and that “good fats” such as those found in salmon, avocados, olive oil and almonds are packed with skin-friendly ingredients, which improve your skin’s condition. A diet lacking these healthy fats can lead to dull and dehydrated skin.