Colors and body feelings first thing in the morning after a workout can say a lot about how you approach a fit lifestyle. In fact, exercise impacts your body in ways you probably haven’t though much about. It isn’t just about the scale. Most everything, from how you sleep to how smoothly your digestive system runs, is impacted. Here are some things to look out for.


Smooth move

Exercise promotes regularity. This is especially a plus if you struggle with constipation. Normal stool is easy to pass and is medium to dark brown. It should be somewhat firm (not too hard or soft) and come out in one long piece or a few small ones. Most people have bowel movements once or twice daily. Some exercise, such as running and yoga, can bring on the unexpected urge to have a bowel movement. That’s because of changes in blood flow and anxiety levels. Especially if you’re a newbie, it’s a good idea to plan for the unexpected until you learn how your body responds.


Your bladder

Stay hydrated when you exercise to improve performance and feel your best. When you are properly hydrated, your urine will be pale yellow or gold in color.  You will probably urinate more because of extra fluid intake and stress on the bladder. There is no need to be concerned unless you have pain or discolored urine that can’t be attributed to food (some foods and food dye can color urine) or medicine.

The scale

Take in fluids during long or heavy exercise sessions. Use the scale to monitor fluid loss if you sweat a lot. Weigh yourself before and after exercise to determine appropriate replacement levels. A loss of 2 or 3 pounds signals significant dehydration. You’ll need a day or two of adequate fluids to recover, so staying hydrated is important for effective back-to-back training days.


The scale (part 2)

Don’t be alarmed if the numbers seem to stall or climb. As you exercise you will build muscle, which weighs more than fat. Although the scale may not be moving, you may be leaner, and your clothes may fit more comfortably. Use a tape measure to note progress.


The mirror

Exercise helps promote healthy circulation. A nice side effect of this is better looking skin. That’s because exercise reduces stress which can lead to skin eruptions and promotes a healthy, glowing complexion because of better blood flow. Exercise helps you sleep better so you’ll look more refreshed, too.


Exercise provides countless benefits you can see and feel. Your morning bathroom routine will definitely be impacted in a positive way by your sweat session, so keep up the good work for good overall health.