Are you worried about thinning hair as well as the thickness of your biceps? You don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.
Many fitness gurus don’t understand the relationship between health, fitness, and overall good looks that come with healthy hair and skin.
Before you sabotage your efforts with bad information, take a look at these fitness and hair growth myths.
You’re sure to learn something valuable to help you continue to look good and feel great.
Myth #1: Weight Lifting and Hair Loss Go Hand in Hand
There is a common myth out there that tells people that exercise and hair loss go hand in hand. So the assumption is that bulking up your muscles can make you go bald. This is not true at all, but a lot of people believe it.
Maybe this myth was created by haters who just couldn’t stand to watch another guy succeed with his program and get fit.
While it’s true that testosterone is converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) when we work out, which can shrink hair follicles in genetically susceptible individuals, our hair growth cycle takes place over 3 to 5 years — and you would see that extra (temporary) shedding many years into your program.
If you’ve started a program recently, and you’re worried you’ve lost hair, it’s highly unlikely that it has to do with your weight lifting program.
Myth #2: The More Nutrients You Take, the Thicker Hair You’ll Have
Health nuts love to supplement their foods and workouts, and many do so with the mistaken belief that the more nutrients and nutrition you put into your body, the better your overall health. This isn’t the way to go about fitness or nutrition.
There are limits to how much you should get of certain nutrients, especially those meant to help you bulk up. You absolutely need to know what you’re putting in your body, especially when it comes to weight loss supplements.
Many supplements meant for building muscle have nutrients that can affect testosterone hormones, which in turn can shrink your hair follicles causing premature male-pattern baldness or even disrupt your hair cycle.
Even too much Vitamin A can make you lose hair, and cause as other troubling symptoms such as cardiovascular problems.
Myth #3: Sweat Causes Baldness. (Can Sweat Really Damage Your Hair?)
This is a myth that may have been created by haters or jealous types.
There is absolutely nothing harmful about sweating if you’re healthy, and sweat, in and of itself, is a good thing for your body.
It’s actually rid toxins from all of your pores, including your hair. For example, if you quit smoking or drinking sugary drinks, sweat is a way to rid yourself of the harmful toxins in your body.
Why does this work? Increased blood flow from exercise improves circulation, which in turn promotes healing and even thicker hair.
These are all great things.
One thing to know: Sweat is great, but a clean scalp is even better. Sweat is only a problem when you let it build up and dry on your scalp — which can clog your hair follicles, leading to irritation and even, at times, fungal infections.
Always shower after your gym regime, and always use shampoo on your scalp.
After workouts, massage your scalp gently with shampoo to help your hair grow faster, and rinse with cool water.
Myth #4: Stress Makes Your Hair Fall Out, and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It
While it’s true that a high-stress life can force your hair to enter telogen effluvium, a “resting phase” in which hair follicles pause during their hair cycle, that doesn’t mean that you’re destined to live with thin hair forever.
It’s important to recognize that when we’re talking about this type of stress, it’s not just your everyday commute or exams that cause it. Stress this high often has to do with trauma or loss, and rarely has to do with your everyday life.
However, hair loss from stress can absolutely be real, and you really can’t really prevent it.
If you suspect that your new job is so stressful that your emotions are bordering on trauma, or your move to the big city has caused you to sink into a deep, anxious and stressful depression, it’s time to seek help or make a change in your life.
There’s no secret formula to helping your adjust to a new life, especially if you’re suffering from a loss in your family or other life event. Time is often the best healer in these cases.
Myth #5: There’s Nothing You Can Do To Promote Hair Growth
Male pattern baldness may seem like a fact of life as you get older, but you don’t have to suffer in silence.
Can exercise help thin hair grow back? It doesn’t hurt, especially because it can help promote better circulation. Cardio workouts are especially recommended to get the blood flowing and stimulate your hair follicles.
Take these a step further by always showering with a gentle shampoo post-workout.
Massage your scalp gently and rinse with cool water to help stimulate new hair. Getting enough of the right vitamins and nutrients promotes hair growth as well – make sure that you’re getting enough Biotin, iron and protein.
Without these nutrients, a difficult workout can wreak havoc on your body and deplete your defenses, as well as cause breakage with your hair, skin and nails.
Don’t rely solely on supplements to get your nutrition, either.
Eating a health diet, complete with some important superfoods, is an important aspect of overall wellness.
Not sure if you’re getting what you need? Your health insurer will probably cover visits to a nutritionist, and it’s worth the copay in most cases.
Healthy Hair Tips for Everyone
Health, nutrition and even aging are all worries of the health-conscious, After all, what’s the point of feeling good if you can’t look good, too?
Living a consciously healthy lifestyle has a lot of benefits, and if you’re taking a few moments daily to take care of your hair, you’re sure to see at least a bit of success just by following some of our tips here.
If you’re still seeing significant hair thinning, have a checkup at your doctor to have your blood levels tested to make sure it’s not the result of any diseases or hormonal disorders.
Make sure that you get proper nutrition, but make sure you take the time to properly groom yourself daily.
Try to stay away from harsh hair sprays (they clog pores and break hair) and comb your hair gently when it’s wet.
A bit of gel can go a long way, so keep it simple. Always massage your scalp in the shower, and use conditioner on the hair itself, not the roots.
And finally, eat the right things in the right amounts. A little health consciousness goes a long way. So take care of your health and be gentle with your hair..