Fitness for Your Skin

While skin may not be the sexiest topic in the fitness world, it is certainly one of the most important in my personal opinion. It’s also something I get asked about quite a bit, so let’s dive in shall we?

Can you tighten loose skin after weight loss?

Real answer: NO.

Keep reading! I say no if you are trying to tighten up loose skin after significant weight loss. The skin tightening process MUST be performed DURING weight loss in order to be most effective. That’s why I harbor hatred (yeah, I said it!) for “fat doctors” that inject patients and minimize workouts. Did they lose weight? You bet! Mostly muscle. Then they’re left with a floppy mess of skin that they expect me to tighten up like a skin wizard. No can do. So IF you are one that is serious about HEALTH and not just WEIGHT, read on….

Your skin can be worked (so to speak) just like any other body part. I have even recently fallen for face yoga. This stuff works! But that’s another post. Tightening the skin and ensuring it stays tight depends of different factors in your life:

  1. AGE. As we grow wiser ;) we produce less collagen naturally. So, if you have  a considerable amount of weight to lose and you’re still young (under 35 for a guideline age) then stop putting it off and do it right.
  2. WORKOUT. Weight training, utilizing both small and large muscle groups as well as a variety of workouts, helps the body to make more of its own collagen.
  3. DIET. OK, when it comes to skin, diet plays a 90% role and I try to stick to a clean, green diet 90% of the time. This means LOTS of fresh veggies, with the fruit to veggie ratio being 1:5 respectively. Your lean meats are also important and 4-5 meals should include fish (fatty salmon is great for the skin). The more colorful the veggies, the better the health of the skin will be overall.
  4. HYDRATION. Yes, I’m bringing this up again. Drink your water if you want tight skin. If you want to see the definition you work so hard for, drink your water. Want your skin to be clearer and glowing? Drink water. Got it?
  5. SLEEP. The body needs 7-9 hours of good rest (that does NOT include TV and couch time) every night. This enables a steady environment for repair and the release of our own HGH (human growth hormone) which keeps the lean muscles burning and the skin tight.

So, if you’re 50 and have over 150 pounds to lose should you give up? NO. You can still lose the weight and tighten the skin. Your diet will simply need to be tighter. We get what we put the work in for, so it’s imperative to know your true goals. Do you want to strut around in a string bikini? Don’t answer out loud…. OR do you simply want your arm to stop waving when you do? Set realistic goals and work towards that.

What needs to happen to begin bringing the skin in?

  1. Eliminate sugar from your diet. Bid it farewell and let it go! Sugar feeds loose skin, so lose it.
  2. Up your water intake. One. Gallon. A. Day. Seriously.
  3. Add more veggies to your diet. Consider juicing or smoothies to get them in.
  4. Add variety to your workouts. Don’t stay with just cardio! Cardio alone will not draw the skin inward. Add in weight training to target both big (high weight/low rep) muscles and small (low weight/high rep) muscles.
  5. Get a good night’s sleep. Try some herbal tea at night and start shutting down electronics by 9 p.m.

All of this will begin to make small changes. Small changes lead to big results. Oh, and if you want nice arms……HIT SOMETHING!

Have a healthy day!

Michelle

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