Your Hair & Exercise: Can They Ever Be Friends?

A woman wearing a scarf at the gymWhen it comes to Black women and exercise, one of the most asked questions is, “How can I get a good workout and not have a bad hair day?”

At the end of a good workout you may find your roots are puffy and your style is gone.  What’s a girl to do? Should we sacrifice our health to preserve our hair style?

Black Women: Sacrificing Fitness For The Sake Of Style?

According to a recent study conducted by the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C., 31% of the 103 African-American women surveyed admitted that they exercise less because it may harm their hairstyle.

All of the women studied agreed that it is important to lead a healthy life, which includes exercise. Exercise is especially important in the African American community because we are more prone to diabetes, hypertension, and complications due to obesity, including heart disease. Though we face many health concerns that exercise will combat, African American women have a different deterrent from working out – their hair.

Where The Problem Lies…