Have you ever thought about getting in a good cardio exercise at the gym and quickly remembered you just got your hair done 2 days ago? You might have said, "It's too soon to sweat out my fresh press."
Or maybe you plan your workout schedule around your hair style? "Let's see, I get my hair done on Friday so I won't work out until the following Friday."
You're not alone.
I decided to write this blog because often times we (as black women) let our hair affect certain aspects of our healthy lifestyle.
With an increasing number of diabetes and hypertension, it is imperitive that we exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Choosing a hairstyle like a weave can allow you to become more active. However, you still have to style, curl and keep your weave looking fresh. Especially if it is not a full head weave. Even with weaves, cleaning your scalp can become a daunting task. When you exercise, you sweat in your hair and if you are not cleansing your scalp throughly it can lead to various scalp issues.
So what do you do? Do you get a weave so you can work out more often? Do you stop working out completely? Do you choose to work out once every 2 weeks (the day before you get your hair done)?
My simple suggestion is, don't let your hair make you overweight. Choose a hairstyle that works for all aspects of your life.
I want to hear your thoughts!
I know it is hard to find that balance for some individuals. Choosing a style that will help you work out will often times cause you to lean towards natural hair styles (locs, twists, braids, afros, etc.).
How do you find balance?
What do you do to maintain your healthy lifestyle while keeping those beautiful tresses pretty and free?
As we are nearing Valentine's Day and stuffing our faces with sugar filled treats :-), I encourage all women to choose a hairstyle that will allow them the freedom to work out and get active while still feeling comfortable and beautiful during the day at work.
Remember, happy is the hair that is loved!