If you’ve been around enough African American females, then you’ve probably heard the dismay expressed over sweating too much and ruining one’s hair. In fact, you may have been the one to share this particular sentiment ( I know I have!).
No, it’s no secret that many of us avoid swimming and working out because of our hair. Most people would associate this with just relaxed heads but I’ve heard many a natural lady complain about a twistout going awry because of an intense workout.
Though I still think everyone should get out there and workout even if you’ve got freshly a freshly flat ironed ‘do, I’m not going to sit here and pretend that it’s easy to maintain such a style when you’re sweating like a hog.
Having said that, there’s no reason to sit there like a lump on log either. So, here are a few ways to keep active with less possibility of ruining your ‘do.
No, not a trip to the zoo. It’s a trip to a relaxed and toned body!
Yoga can be for anyone. Whether you’re old or young, healthy or sick, yoga can be incorporated to fit your needs. No, you don’t have to look like old dude in the picture above. There are some very simple poses that don’t require you to turn into a human pretzel.
Here are some benefits of yoga:
- In some individuals,it improves blood circulation, heart rate, respiratory rate, and cardiac endurance.
- It can improve your posture
- More vigorous forms of yoga can improve muscle tone
Even though yoga has seeds in Buddhism and Hinduism, many other religions have found it to expand prayer and meditation as well. If you’ve never tried mediation, please do. On a stressful day, it really helps me to pull things together.
Most gyms that I’ve been to usually offer yoga classes, but you can do it at home. There are plenty of resources online and at the bookstore.
Have you ever wanted to say that you are practiced in martial arts? Well, ta chi might be for you! (Do I sound like an informercial?)
It’s a soft martial art but still good for your body. I’ll admit, that most people I see doing it are older but I’ve tried it and found it to be very relaxing as well as a good stretch for my body. You basically perform a series of poses while moving gracefully…I’m not graceful, but even I felt my gracefulness boost a bit
Even though you usually see people moving slowly when doing these poses, there are some faster paced forms of tai chi as well.
- Reducing anxiety and depression
- Improving balance, flexibility and muscle strength
- Reducing falls in older adults
- Improving sleep quality
- Lowering blood pressure
- Improving cardiovascular fitness in older adult
- Relieving chronic pain
- Increasing energy, endurance and agility
- Improving overall feelings of well-being
We all know that there is a big difference between being flabby skinny:
and being toned skinny:
Even if you do have a lot of fat still, having some toned muscle under it can make it appear firmer. Other benefits of strength training:
- Improves muscle tone (for both appearance and functional reasons like posture)
- Protects bone health
- Disease prevention (strength training can be as helpful as medication for arthritis)
- Improves mood
- Boost energy levels
- Burns calories both during and after (you burn more calories at rest)
This site is so cool because it not only shows you different strength training exercises, but it gives you a video short (some with both male and female versions) of each exercise. I love it!
If the above ideas don’t work for you, you can try:
- toning down your usual workout. Take a stroll outside for pleasure.
- working out indoors
- For other tips on working out while wearing your hair straight, click here. There you will find how I keep up my natural flat ironed hair and still stay in my workout routine.
I want to add that this is one reason I could never go back to relaxers or wearing my hair pressed all the time. Even though I understand the sentiment, I think it’s ridiculous to lose the benefits of exercise simply for hair.