When we think of ‘Tis the season to be doing something, we don’t usually think of exercising. Aren’t Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve a glorious time of cheers, celebration, gift exchange, eating, relaxing and traveling to see family? Sure, but there are plenty of reasons why you may want to include a quick daily walk or jog around the neighborhood in the upcoming holiday season – and that includes hair regrowth. Here’s how your locks can reap the benefits of working out during the holiday season.
1) Kick stress to the curb!
There’s no denying that holidays are a time for happiness and celebration. And there’s no denying that they can bring on a ton of stress. Whether you’re hosting Hanukkah or Christmas at your house, traveling across the country with your family to visit your parents, or planning the New Year’s Eve bash of the century, a plethora of problems can arise: flight delays, weather inconveniences, packing complications and cooking accidents. Your stress levels are bound to rise.
Stress isn’t good for your health. Who hasn’t heard this before? Probably no one. Over time, stress can induce various medical conditions, including heart disease, depression, anxiety disorders and yes – hair loss on top of everything else!
While having a glass of wine or spiked eggnog may seem like the quickest way to reduce stress levels during the holidays, exercise will be much more effective in the long run. Here’s a little secret: breaking out a sweat increases levels of endorphins, otherwise known as your “feel-good” hormones. Endorphins are proven to reduce tension and anxiety, block pain, decrease appetite and bring on feelings of euphoria. You’ll feel better and have more energy, all the while protecting your health (and your hair as you spare it from the dangers of stress).
In addition to this, exercise boosts levels of epinephrine, a hormone that augments blood circulation and directs blood (and its nutrients) to wherever it’s needed. Extra epinephrine means extra nutrients are delivered to your hair roots so that they can stay healthy during stressful times.
Some women may associate hair regrowth treatments as stressful – after all, who wants to spend a surplus of time and money for results that may not do much when all is said and done? But here’s a tip. Using laser hair loss devices, such as the Theradome LH80 PRO, actually turns out to be a relaxing experience. All you need to do is click on a button, sit back and relax for 20 minutes as you carry on wrapping presents, chatting with the family or watching your favorite holiday movie.
2) Keep those extra pounds off!
Holidays are infamously known for the time that we all put on a bit of weight. The stakes are higher than you think. It’s not just a matter of fitting in our Christmas and New Year’s Eve dresses: a high Body Mass Index can also mean bad news for our luscious tresses. And that doesn’t only happen during the holidays. You know the drill: your life is fast-paced, you don’t have time to multitask, and it’s often easier to swing by a drive-through or order take-out than to plan out nutritious family meals.
To make matters worse, our metabolism slows down with age and these “few extra pounds” can become a lot harder to shed. Being overweight has been linked to serious health conditions, including type II diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis, diseases that all jeopardize the amount of energy dedicated to keeping your locks healthy and strong.
So why not take precautions (or get a head start on your New Year resolutions) and start organizing engaging and fun family activities that make everyone break a sweat?
Don’t forget it goes both ways: being underweight can indicate nutritional deficiencies, which can lead to serious health problems. When this happens, your locks are first on the chopping block – no pun intended. So make sure your diet is properly balanced and if your hair is beginning to thin, try including zinc, selenium, biotin, protein, fatty acids and iron in your diet. Not sure where to start? Try consulting a nutritionist or registered dietitian.
The bottom line: hair regrowth can’t occur if you don’t eat well, so take the right steps towards adopting a healthy lifestyle and incorporating exercise into your life. Never forget that you can prevent hair loss, strengthen hair and increase hair density with laser phototherapy devices such as the Theradome LH80 PRO.
3) Give your immune system a boost!
If you feel great, chances are you’ll look great too – and that includes your lustrous locks. Exercise fortifies the immune system, makes you healthier and less prone to getting sick. Illness can take a large toll on your body; if that’s the case, your hair will be the first thing to shed away.
Taking Care of Yourself and Your Hair
Don’t forget that your health (emotional, psychological and physical) will always be tied to your hair. So taking care of yourself is really the best thing you can do to guarantee that your hair stays thick, healthy and sexy for years to come! And for those moments when things might not go your way, the Theradome hair regrowth helmet can ensure that your locks keep bouncing, growing and glowing!