Maybe you never thought about this, because any sport is considered as being generally health promoting. Even though this is true most of the time, there are exceptions, especially when it comes to acne. I even had patients report to me that a certain kind of sport would trigger their inflammation!
So there are two broad categories of sport and one can promote inflammation and the other has anti-inflammatory effects:
Type 1: “fight and flight sport” – activating sympathetic nervous system
- weight lifting, running, competitive sports, high intensity interval training (HIIT)
- they elevate adrenaline and cortisol and are therefore stressful for the body
Type 2: “rest and repair sport” – activating parasympathetic nervous system
- yoga, tai chi, walking, swimming
- they have immediate stress relief capacities and strengthen the parasympathetic nervous system, which makes you more stress-resistant
So the goal would be to increase your amount of “type 2” sports and do less of “type 1”sports or do those in a more relaxed manner (less intensity, less weight etc.).
About the author:
Dr. Julia Laemmerhirt is a dermatologist and acne expert in Vienna, Austria. She supports people who want to holistically gain control of their skin complications and acne. Ayurveda - the traditional Indian practice of medicine - plays a decisive role for her because of its particular focus on one’s nutrition and lifestyle.
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