Can Stretch Marks Go Away With Exercise?

Exercise For Stretch Marks
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Stretch marks result from collagen damage and low synthesis. They are located in the dermis and are responsible for giving our skin its elasticity. Stretch marks are unappealing linear streaks that appear red or purplish pink when new. They later fade into silvery-white or brown many months or years later. There is no known method that removes* stretch marks. However, there are a number ways that minimize their appearance. One method is by toning the skin where stretch marks are located. Loose skin only makes the stretch marks more obvious and pronounced. Hence, when you the skin’s tone is firm, the visibility of stretch marks is reduced*.

Get Rid of Stretch Marks

With the right exercise, you can get rid of stretch marks. Regular exercise promotes* better blood circulation, hence improving* the nourishment that the skin receives. On top of that, the skin is toned and becomes taut. Aim for at least 30-minute exercise every day for consistency

1. Leg Lifts:

Leg lifts work around the muscles of the legs. When the core muscles of the legs are tightened and firmed, the stretch marks located in the legs are visibly reduced*. Leg lifts also provide the benefit of strengthening and toning the abdominal region.

2. Crunches and Sit Ups:

Crunches and Sit Ups

Crunches and sit ups are extremely beneficial in reducing* the appearance of stretch marks on your tummy. When you do crunches, you have to lie down on your back with bent knees and clasped hands behind your neck or head, whichever you are comfortable. Then, you need to raise your shoulders 4-5 inches above the floor. As for sit ups, it requires you to lift your chest to your knees as close as possible. If you have just started on your regimen, you can do crunches and sit ups alternately.

3. The Squat:

Squats intensify the muscles located on your thighs, hips, and buttocks. To do the squat properly, you need to stand on your both feet, with hands placed on your hips. Then, sit on your heel (squat) perpendicular to the floor and go up to a standing position. Double check that your knees do not go over your toes while doing squats.

4. The Triceps Extension:

Doing the triceps extension is not easy because you are working exclusively on your triceps. This is one of the best exercises in removing* stretch arms on your arms because it tightens the loose triceps. To do this, hold the barbell behind your head, with your elbows shaping a 90-degree angle. Slowly flex your triceps muscles and lift the barbell until your arms are completely extended. Pause for a half a minute then lowers the barbell again, back to the starting position. If you are new to exercise, you can use substitute barbells for a more lightweight dumbbell or ropes. This can be done either in a standing or sitting position.

5. Side Leg Lifts:

Side Leg Lifts

Side leg lifts are just leg lifts that are performed with the lateral movement of the legs. In addition to the thigh muscles, you are also working on the hip and butt muscles, and side muscles of your stomach.

6. Thigh Exercises:

Walking, running and cycling are just sample exercises that firm your thighs. Experts say that the thighs are one of the most stubborn parts in our body. In effect, you have to be double your effort in order to tighten your thighs. One exercise that tones your inner thigh is by moving your raised legs in opposite directions while lying down.

Summary

Getting rid of stretch marks has always been a problem, so better is to prevent stretch marks from forming. Since they are formed, they can go from angry red or purple to tone down silvery white or brown. The intensity of their appearance depends on your skin tone and the severity of your stretch marks. Exercise is a great method of cutting down their visibility. By regularly exercising the body part marred by stretch marks, you are increasing* the blood circulation and tightening the involved muscles, which results to firmer, tighter skin.

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Expert Author : Kelly Everson (Consumer Health Digest)

Kelly Everson is an independent editor, an award-winning writer and an editorial consultant in the health and fitness industries. Currently, she is a contributing editor at Consumer Health Digest.