Have you ever noticed that the absolutely jacked dude at the gym seems to have a great head of hair? This may actually be due to his workout lifestyle. While it’s a tricky connection, those that are working out like crazy are also ones that are accelerating their hair loss. Don’t overwork yourself and think you’re going to get a beautiful head of hair the next day, as you may do more harm than good when stressing over it.
If you don’t get enough exercise, you may experience an increase in hair loss, as well. As we mentioned, this is where it may get a bit tricky. When you are using fitness in your daily routine, or weekly routine, you can improve cortisol production and reduce stress, which can encourage hair growth by an immense amount.
It’s worth noting that excessive exercise can actually inhibit your hair growth, as your body goes into a stressful state. I’m jumping back and forth, I know, but the information I’ve found on Grooming Adepts website is actually fantastic information that’s helped me learn more a bit about our bodies and hair loss/growth. Continue reading if you want to learn more about what makes your hair loss recoil, or what helps encourage your hair growth. Finding that happy medium can help you look great and feel great.
Why does too much exercising lead to hair loss?
When you’re overworking yourself in intense cardio sessions, or HIIT programs, you sort of place your body and your mind in this chronic stress state that promotes hair loss and has adverse effects on your hair.
Did you know that your body can also suffer from leaky gut syndrome, and not just hair loss? When working out too much, this severe condition can actually harm you in ways where you’re wishing that hair loss was your only problem. When you develop leaky gut syndrome, the toxins in your body basically go wherever and cause havoc on your system. Beyond this, you can suffer from crazy diarrhea, nutrient absorption, and the development of other auto immune diseases.
Now, I’m not telling you to stay on the couch and eat chips all day, although that would be my dream, but getting a regular schedule, and not working out for more than 2 hours a day will help you combat hair loss, while avoiding the more serious issues.
The Environment Has Impact on Our Hair
Did you know that your workout environment also plays a role in your hair? When you sweat too much, expose your hair to too much keratin or lactic acid, you may see a decrease in hair growth. While sweating and exercise put together are inevitable, you won’t lose too much hair from exposure to lactic acid; however, the same can’t be said for keratin. When you don’t get enough keratin, your hair dries up since it’s not getting enough nutrients, leading to hair loss.
Chlorine is another huge culprit in hair loss, as too much is interrupting your growth cycle. When you have too much chlorine exposure, the PH level of your scalp is altered immensely. While I’m not a huge fan of swimming, people similar to the likes of Michael Phelps may need to wear some sort of hair “hider” or cap when swimming.
Working Out and Our Hormones
Most men know, “testosterone good” “estrogen girl”, in a type of caveman way, but when you don’t have enough estrogen, your hair may suffer; however, when you have too much, this can be bad news. Those that are suffering from hair loss may want to try reducing estrogen levels within their body. You only need a little bit of the female hormone to encourage healthy hair growth, and this is generally why women have better hair than us men – although, this isn’t always the case. (yes, I’m looking at you Brock O’Hurn).
When you work out the proper amount, you reduce estrogen, while encouraging them to play around with various processes in our body. It’s worth noting that as you workout, you naturally raise your testosterone levels, and our bodies usually try and compensate for this. When our bodies aren’t able to handle anymore balance, you may see a decrease in hair growth.
If you want to find the right balance between testosterone and estrogen levels, you don’t need to have a degree in rocket science. According to researchers, like the Mayo Clinic, you may only need around a half hour per day to really help make an impact on your weight loss, while keeping your beautiful hair (or to encourage better hair growth).
After reading this article, you may be correlating your hair loss with your over excessive working out. Finding the perfect balance is something many of us – including myself, have trouble with. We want to be lazy and eat what we want, but we also want to be in shape with great hair. Finding that perfect balance may take a bit of work, but it will be worth it in the end.