Hair Loss

Exercise And Hair Loss Are They Connected?

Exercise can help hair loss when dealing with stressful or sad situations in our lives. Depression and stress hormone levels can cause hair loss. Exercise can fight these feelings and stop hair loss if stress is your cause of hair loss.

Endorphins are hormone chemicals that interact with your brain that help reduce your perception of pain. These hormones make you feel positive, similar to the drug morphine without the side effects!  

That is why it is great to exercise when you are feeling sad or depressed. Exercising will help make you feel better in your brain due to these higher hormone levels of endorphins. 

What Happens When Women Work Out Too Much?

Yet too much exercise can cause your testosterone levels to rise up more and that can cause the hormone DHT which causes hair loss in women. 

This is why people who take steroids can get hair loss because too much muscle mass means testosterone levels rise up and DHT levels can cause hair loss on the scalp. That is what links exercise and hair loss together. 

My Story About Too Much Exercise

Another side effect of too much excessive exercise is that women can  have periods that are missed or extra light (barely there). 

This can also happen to women who are bodybuilders, they might not get their periods for a long periods of time due to getting higher levels of testosterone when working out from lifting heavier weights.

When your period is not regular this means you can have a hormonal imbalance. 

I for one started to body build and lift weights although I was not using any kind of steroids, I did notice that my hormones were still off and unbalanced because of how I felt and mostly because my period was irregular.

I knew it was because I was lifting weights because that was the only thing I had done differently.

I track my period every month because I want to make sure my hormone levels are always balanced so all my tracking paid off when my period days were off more than normal. 

I immediately knew if I continued to body build and lift heavy weights I was going to experience possibly hair loss down the line and other hormonal imbalance issues such as the following:

Female hormone imbalance symptoms

I was already staring to experience feeling shaky with anxiety, so I knew what I had to do, I had to stop working out as hard. So I did just that. 

I, like you right now looked online for answers and discovered that it will take a few months for my period to get back on track and become normal again and sure enough a few months later my period was no longer barely there and irregular, it became normal again.

Since then I found a lighter work out regimen for women using just my body weight and no weights. I feel alot better now and am healthy again! 

In fact here is the exercise routine I did just this morning: 

Woman laying down on her side on the floor doing a Pilates exercise move.Pilates

I have been doing her different exercise routines for a few months now and I have noticed stronger toned body results without getting irregular period episodes.

Because her workouts tend to keep my hormones regulated compared to doing other ones. Just wanted to share that with you.

I can only do 5 minutes of Pam’s workouts and will work up to more as I progress as time goes on, but I also drink a bit of water and rest my heart rate at times.

I can do them at home every other day and I love that!

I only recommend her full body workouts if you are a beginner because her targeted body part workouts are a bit too concentrated in one area and may be too difficult to perform them, so I find her full body workouts to work best for me.

Everyone is different so if her workouts are still too much for your body I recommend:

  • walking
  • swimming 
  • bicycling

These workouts are low impact and easier for your body to handle while keeping your hormones more balanced.

In fact doing 30 minute nature walks daily can help keep anxiety and depression hormones down, as well as help keep the happy endorphin hormones up.

These low impact exercises will help make you feel great mentally, physically and emotionally!

People riding their bikes at the park.Low impact workouts such as swimming, walking or bicycling are best to help keep hormones balanced.

Exercise And Hair Loss: Hormonal Imbalance Causes

A woman can get a hormonal imbalance for a number of reason such as from:

One of the symptoms of a hormonal imbalance can cause hair loss for women, so make sure your hormones are balanced for healthy hair growth. 

Tip: Drinking water and staying hydrated before your workouts plus sipping on water during your workout’s will help hormones stay more balanced while working out.

Exercise And Hair Loss Options To Recover Safely

Here are my top tips to avoid hair loss due to exercise:

A sweaty scalp may cause an itchy scalp which may lead to fungus and bacteria on the scalp later on as time persists and that can cause hair loss.

So its best to rinse your hair after a sweaty work out. If your hair is itchy please shampoo and condition your hair using a biotin natural shampoo & conditioner I like to use the one by avalon organics. 

Although it’s best not to shampoo & conditioner your hair on an every day basis because doing so can cause dryness and split end breakage hair loss.

Washing hair 2 – 3 times a week is best!

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Exercise and hair loss hair styles: When putting your hair out of your face for a workout try to do a loose braid or two loose braids that is what I always do for my workouts.

If your hair is too short for that you can use bobby pins to pin your hair away from your face.

If you use a head band make sure it is loose to avoid constricted scalp blood circulation. A tight headband can cause hair loss over time if used constantly this is called traction alopecia hair loss. 

Braiding your hair too tight or wearing any kind of hairstyle too tightly such as wearing a tight pony tail can also cause traction alopecia hair loss, so please avoid tight hairstyles that can pull the hair too tightly and cause hair loss.

Wearing a bandanna during a work out regimen might not be the best idea either because you do not want to trap your sweat as stated above that can cause itchy scalp and hair loss fungus issues. 

If you are exercising outside try to remember to use a UV ray hair protector basically it’s essentially sunscreen for the hair. Doing so will help protect your hair from getting sun damaged and prevent split ends and breakage as well. 

Diet:

Remember to eat the right diet with the proper proteins, nutrition and vitamins to get healthy hair growth by checking with your doctor first.

If you choose to practice in some unhealthy fad diets, that can cause much needed nutrition in your body and that can cause hair loss too.

So please make sure to eat the right proteins and omega fatty acids for healthy hair growth solutions. 

I hope these exercise and hair loss tips helped!

-Margarite xo 🙂


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You can follow a few hair hygiene tips to make your hair less likely to fall out: Avoid hairstyles that pull on the hair - Avoid high-heat hair styling tools - Don't chemically treat or bleach your hair - Use a shampoo that's mild and suited for your hair - Use a soft brush made from natural fibers - Try low-level light therapy.

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