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The Secret to Healthier Skin, Hair and Nails

Want to know the secret to having flawless skin, healthy hair and strong nails? It's not a new product, magic pill or ancient secret.

It's exercise.

Some people might not be too happy to hear this, but it's true. There are people who love to exercise, whether its at the gym, outside in a park or at home in front of the tv. However, for some, going to a gym seems worse than Chinese water torture. If you're one of those people, you're not alone. There are great ways to exercise without feeling bored or frustrated.


Dust off that old bike and take it for a spin around the block. Get your legs and your heart pumping. Not only will you burn calories, you'll increase your circulation, which is excellent for heart health. You don't have to be Lance Armstrong or attempt the Tour de France. Simply riding your bike a few minutes a day will promote hair growth, clearer skin and firmer nails.

Biking increases circulation. Increased circulation=more blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles. More blood flow=hair growth.



Another form of exercise that promotes healthy hair, skin and nail growth is running. Running requires the work of all of the body's major systems and promotes overall health. Maybe you've never run a day in your life. Start slowly. Run for 15 minutes a day and gradually increase your time by 15 minutes a month. Participate in short 5K runs along the way. Invite your friends and family to attend and cheer you along.

Running=release of endorphins. Release of endorphins=reduced stress. Reduced stress=less incidence of hair loss.


You don't have to study classical ballet or be a backup dancer for Britney Spears to reap the benefits of dancing. Not only does dancing build muscle and burn fat, it keeps you energy levels up for hours. It also makes your body crave healthy foods, which are essential for healthy skin, hair and nails. Recruit some of your buddies and host a dance party. Or check out your local Zumba or belly dance class.

Dancing=increased metabolism. Increased metabolism=healthy food cravings. Healthy eating=thicker hair, clearer skin and stronger nails.


Looking for those perfect locks? Get moving. Your body will thank you.

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