Maintaining your hair while working out

I can’t count the many times I decided NOT to workout because I just got my hair done didn’t want my new hairstyle to sweat out. Especially my edges and we all know those are the first to lose in the battle with hair and exercising. Take a note of the tips that will help your edges win a victory over sweating exercising.

Protect your hair from the sweat!

Protecting your hair as much as possible is a must. If you have long hair try placing it in a high ponytail or bun it the best method. If your hair isn’t long enough to pull back, protective styles such as twists and braids are strongly advised. Use a scarf or headband around the edges of your hair. Use stay dry athletic gear around your edges or hair because the more you sweat the puffier your edges will become.

Allow your hair to dry after workout.

To avoid getting extremely frizzy hair allow your hair to completely dry before taking off the scarf and head-gear. If you are in a rush use the blow dryer on cool setting to help seed the process.

Make a schedule.

Washing your hair everyday as well as sweating everyday from workouts can be detrimental to your hair. IT can become very brittle and will dry it out. Make a schedule of your workout days and appoint a day for a wash. You should wash your hair once a week. If you feel you may need more, a good dry shampoo is simple, fast, effective solution.

Workout in cooler climates.

Working out in cooler climates will help reduce the amount that your sweat into your hair. Refrain from running outdoors during midday in the summer because the heat intensity can be too much for your hair. Try to go running earlier in the day just before the sun sets.

Health before hair.

You should never sacrifice a good workout and staying healthy because of your hair. Keeping a good routine can allow you to have a healthy mind. Working out also promotes hair growth. So make sure your maintain a good diet.

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What’s your body type?

Here is the thing I have against people just picking ANY workout video or regimen. Are you picking them out because a friend tried them and the results turned out great for her, you see the infomercials all the time or do you pick them based off of your body shape.

As we can all see we as women come in many different sizes. Although we all like to be the “perfect” hour glass figure we are not, so doing the same workout as a friend who is clearly built different from you will not come out with beneficial results. You should try picking exercises based on your body shape. Different body shapes gain weight in different areas. For example I have the straight body shape. (Yes, yes, I am a black woman with no curves. 😦 ) When I gain weight it goes straight to my stomach and I get the “potbelly”. Trust me it is not cute. I have a curvy friend who has a “dunk,” so with me trying to add curves to my shape would not benefit her because she is already a curvy woman. With my body shape I would focus more on adding curves by working on my core. Get those abs burning. It will pull the belly and obliques in the sides of the waist. I would also focus on increase weight training to add lean muscle mass to my butt.

I read an article called “Best Workout For Your Body Type” at womenshealthmag.com and it asks you your body type then recommends exercises based off of whichever one you choose. This is an awesome website that I think will help a lot of us get on track with what exercises actually fit the goals we are trying to achieve.

Cardio! Cardio! Cardio!

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To lose body fat it use to be that all you had to do was do some sit ups and crunches and you could watch the fat burn off. The reality of that is people were not losing inches, particularity around the stomach area. Cardio is the key to burning that body fat. If this is your first time exercising or the first time doing it in a while don’t just jump in and start advanced training. Doing so could discourage you to get to your goal or you could cause serious injury to your body. Start off at beginner level like low impact workout video, walking at a park, joining a local gym, etc. Just set a realistic goal and STICK TO IT! You will love your end results. :)