Warmer temperatures and shorter hemlines are upon us, which probably has you hitting the gym more often! A great workout can put you on cloud nine and feeling your best. And don’t you just love that post-workout glow? Here’s how to keep that glow going all day.
Start with exercise
Exercise is, of course, the first step in reaching that post-workout glow, but what is it about working out that makes you feel so darned fabulous? Endorphins! Any type of exercise releases hormones that numb the pain you experience from working your muscles. Endorphins give you a feeling of euphoria and a natural high long after your workout!
If you’re looking to up the glow factor, you can trade in your traditional moderate-intensity, steady-state cardio for high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which is made up of short intervals of intensive exercise followed by a short period of lighter activity as a break. HIIT trainings also cause your body to produce excess oxygen to restore your body to its normal resting level. So you’re burning more calories post-workout, and you have a nice little glow through the day from your body working overtime!
Keep in mind, because of the intensity and the longer recovery period, HIIT workouts should not be done every day. Take a day or so off by doing a walk or a little yoga instead.
Now that you’re glowing, moisturize
Keep your healthy glow going by using products that promote soft, smooth and radiant skin in your post-workout shower. We love to #ShowerAwayDrySkin with Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash and Dove Dry Oil Beauty Bar for not only the invigorating scent but the soft, smooth skin we are left with after only one shower!
The new Dove Dry Oil range of products has a blend of Moroccan Argan Oil and gentle cleansers that wash your skin without stripping its protective layer. The same way you protect yourself on the inside with a great workout, you should take care of yourself on the outside with nourishing products.
You are what you eat (and drink)
What you eat and drink plays a big part in the appearance of skin. If what you are consuming is heavily processed, greasy, high in sugar and lacking in essential nutrients, that is likely to show on your face.
The most basic thing you can do for your skin to keep it glowing and fresh is drink plenty of water, especially after a heart-pumping workout when a lot fluids are lost through sweat.
Another very important component is the food you choose to eat. For example, according to recent research, protein from foods — such as lean meats, beans, nuts and quinoa — is the building block for collagen and elastin, which are what give skin its strength and elasticity. We’ve all heard that the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables help to minimize damage to skin caused by free-radical sources like the sun and have been shown to have a positive effect on skin-aging.
Now, doesn’t that sound like a delicious way to maintain your post-workout glow? We think so! Unleash the healthy, happy, and confident you with these three steps toward radiant, glowing skin! We promise, you’re going to look and feel like your best self!
This post is part of a sponsored collaboration between Dove and SheKnows