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Can Excessive Exercise Cause Hair Loss?


Our bodies were meant to move — they actually crave exercise. Regular exercise is necessary for physical fitness and good health. It reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. It can improve your appearance and delay the aging process. But can too much exercise cause hair loss?

Exercise prevents disease, improves stamina, and strengthens and improves your muscles. It also allows you to enhance your flexibility and control your weight, not to mention, it improves and helps you to maintain a good quality of life.

Can Excessive Exercise Harm You?

Excessive exercise, however, places enormous energy demands on the body which may result in hair loss. It’s possible that your hair may come under intense stress during physical exertion.

Exercising heavily without addressing nutrition needs or exercising too much can lead to problems that cause hair loss. Other factors that can lead to hair loss include using steroids to boost physical performance and a lack of proper hair care, such as leaving chlorinated water on hair after swimming or allowing sweat to build-up on the scalp for too many days.

During high-intensity exercise or sport, muscles consume a huge amount of energy, draining the rest of the body of energy, including the hair. Given that hair is a high-performance organ requiring lots of energy, this causes hair to suffer and may result in hair loss. There is also an increased release of the male hormone testosterone which impacts hair loss.

How Can You Prevent Damage to Your Body?

Regular exercise can prevent some forms of hair loss because it boosts general health as well as circulation. The condition of your hair is often a reflection of the overall health of your body. Use exercising, eating well, getting enough sleep, drinking lots of water and reducing stress to promote scalp health. Exercise also is a key component of improving health in people who have peripheral artery disease, which can cause hair loss on the legs.