Exercise gives you endorphins, which subsequently make you not commit murder (#LegallyBlondeLogic), but TBH, the big draw of physical activity is what it can do for your skin. Here, we give you step-by-step instructions for four moves designed to clear your complexion.
The thinking here, as explained by Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom, creators of the POUND Rockout Results System, is that "full-body, dynamic movements that target large muscle groups like the thighs, buttocks and back" increase the heart rate and thus blood flow to the cells. Which equals *glow.*
Start in a deep squat position with your feet together, your hips back, chest lifted, and your arms in a triceps extension. Activate your buttocks, thighs, and back muscles to keep your upper body lifted and shoulder blades together. (FYI, you can do this exercise without the Ripstix.)
Rise out of the squat position, while reaching your arms overhead. Overhead movements increase demand on your heart, which ups the intensity of this technique.
Step your right foot to the side in a deep squat position while opening your arms into a chest press. Your feet should be greater than hip-width apart, which activates more of your inner thighs. Your body weight should be evenly distributed between both feet, and your chest should be lifted. This position tones your shoulders too as you hold your arms up to 90 degrees for the chest press.
Push off your right foot to bring your feet back together while extending your arms overhead.
Return to a narrow squat (or chair position) before repeating the sequence on the left. Complete 10 rounds on each side for a full-body burn.
For extra *extra* blood flow (and oxygen and nutrients to feed your skin cells), tack on Skis to a round of Alternating Tom Squats.
Start in a lunge position with your right foot forward and your left foot back. Reach your left arm toward the ground while striking your Ripstick near the inside of your right foot. (If you're doing the exercise without Ripstix, aim to touch the ground with your left fingertips.) Most of your body weight should be over your right foot in this position. Remember to keep your shoulders down and pulled back.
In one quick, explosive movement, drive your left knee forward as you hop on your right foot. Extend your arms high overhead and be sure to exhale on this big ski jump. Complete the movement by returning to the deep lunge with a left-hand floor touch.
Perform 12 Skis on the right leg before switching to the left leg.
You know the feeling after you haven't eaten anything that used to be alive for a few days and your skin looks congested? This pose boosts blood flow and digestion, which equals a healthy-person glow, says Dempsey Marks, founder of DempseyFit.com.
1. Lie on your stomach.
2. Inhale and exhale, then lift your chest and grab your feet from the outside of your ankles.
3. Kick your feet into your hands and pull your shoulders away from your ears.
4. Engage your core by drawing your belly button into your spine.
5. Keep your gaze forward and remember to breathe.
6. Hold for 6–8 breaths.
Dempsey says this twist helps wring out your internal organs, which aids digestion and circulation.
1. Begin standing with your feet together, big toes touching
2. Inhale. Lift your arms up until they are perpendicular to the floor. Rotate your pinkies in.
3. Exhale. Sit your hips back. Bring your thighs as parallel with the floor as you can.
4. Bring your hands together at your heart's center.
5. Shift your torso slightly forward
6. Connect your left elbow with the outside of your right thigh.
7. Bring your weight into your heels and align your knees.
8. Deepen the twist by pressing your elbow into your leg and your leg into your elbow. Hold for 8–10 breaths and repeat on the other side.