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We all know the importance of following a healthy lifestyle: We’re happier, we have more energy and we look good. But in addition to healthy eating, regular exercise is also the key to not only feeling good but looking our best. That’s right, those A.M. workouts do more than put you in a tranquil mindset and keep your bod tight—they also benefit your hair, nails and skin. Read on to discover why working out may be the best way to get the hair, skin and nails of your dreams.

Exercise promotes blood circulation

Moving and shaking gets your blood flowing to all the right places, carrying oxygen and nutrients to the parts of your body that need it most, including your scalp, skin and nails in order to reduce inflammation and promote growth.

Exercise gets rids of toxins

It may not feel pretty, but sweating is key to maintaining your beauty. When you perspire, your body eliminates toxins that may otherwise hinder regular functions of the body (i.e. hair growth) or cause acne. Working out also helps your body burn off stress hormones and produce feel-good endorphins. Another benefit of sweating? Your pores dilate and the sweat draws impurities such as excess sebum and dirt to the surface. (Note: Always remember to wash your face after your workout so the grime doesn't get trapped inside your pores, resulting in blemishes.)

Exercise encourages healthy eating habits

If you’ve just successfully completed a rigorous boot camp workout, then you’re not as inclined to order a cheeseburger and fries. Instead, you want to fuel your body and give it the nutrients it needs, such as protein and good carbs. Eating a nutrient-rich diet is essentials for healthy hair, nails, and skin.

Exercise boosts self-confidence

When you feel good, you look good—end of story. Moving your body regularly, taking in some much-needed vitamin D and eating right not only positivity impacts your physical appearance, but also makes you appreciate your body. Working out will make you feel unstoppable, and will have you loving your features, whether it's your flawless complexion, voluminous locks or gorgeous nail beds.

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