Working out is supposed to be healthy, and not only extend your life…but the quality of your life, right? Experts all agree that exercise is a great and necessary thing, but they also caution that there are certain bad, and very common, exercise habits that can increase your risk for serious injury.
Not only that, but some of these bad habits can even do the reverse of what they’re supposed to do…and make you look older!
So which exercise habits are best avoided?
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Not Enough Stress-Relieving Workouts…
Kicking and punching your stress away will make you feel better for a little while, but incorporating yoga into your fitness routine regularly may help you look younger and prevent breakouts while blasting stress much more long-term than that kickboxing class.
“Yoga moves like Child’s Pose, Downward-Facing Dog, and Sun Salutations improve circulation—the boost of oxygen is what gives skin that lovely yoga glow,” says Hema Sundaram, MD, a Washington, DC–area dermatologist.
Also, new research finds regular yoga practice may reduce the inflammation and stress that speed skin aging. If you need another reason to break out your yoga mat: High levels of tension can spike hormone production that leads to breakouts or aggravates conditions like psoriasis.