Can you tighten loose skin with exercise?

Can you tighten loose skin with exercise?

 There is a misconception about the effectiveness of exercise for tightening loose skin. The claim that you can “pull the skin to the muscle” through exercise is, unfortunately, baseless. It’s just not possible. “It would be nice, but exercise cannot actually cause the skin to pull into the muscle and shrink or tighten up,” says Michele Olson, Ph.D., principle researcher at the Auburn University Montgomery Kinesiology Laboratory.

But it is not a good idea to give up on exercise. In fact, there are a few things you can do to help reduce the appearance of sagging skin.

Weight lifting is one of the effective forms of exercise to improve the appearance of your skin. “Weight lifting can develop the shape of your muscles and fill out into the skin from the underside, helping the skin appear tighter because a more developed muscle balloons out into the skin, much like what happens to a flat, saggy inner tube: when being filled up with air, the deflated, saggy inner tube smoothes out and firms up,” says Olson.

Though exercise can not cause muscles to pull skin tighter or shrink it back to size, it can work in another way. As your muscles grow and develop, they can eventually fill the excess skin left from weight loss, stretching and smoothing the outermost layers of skin for a more even, youthful and healthy look.

For muscle growth, you can try toning exercises. Toning exercises include high-repetition weight training, plyometric exercises and resistance exercises such as leg lifts with resistance bands. You can also try cardiovascular exercises.

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