Why Black Women Dont Exercise
Have you ever heard one of your girlfriends say “I don’t workout because I don’t like to sweat” or “I just got my hair done”? Yeah! Me too. Both excuses are pitiful and it’s shameful that one would be more willing to live an unhealthy life, for the sake of a blow out! Now, I have been a black woman for 28 years and understand the time and money put into getting a fresh silk wrap or up do, but is it really worth it when you look at the statistics? Did you know that Obesity is more common in African Americans than any other ethnic group? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that from 2007 – 2010 the percentage of black women over the age of 20 years old, who were obese was 54.2 percent. That number is alarming considering the fact in 2011 the Black Population in the United States was only 14.1 percent. You do the math!!!!
Diabetes: 77 percent higher in African-Americans.
High Blood Pressure: 36 percent of the African American population fall victim, when compared to 20 percent of the Caucasian, Native American, and Hispanic populations.
Heart Disease: Incidents of death resulting from heart disease is 30 percent higher in African Americans.
A columnist Alice Randall for the Huffington Post wrote “Too many experts who are involved in the discussion of obesity don’t understand something crucial about black women and fat: many black women are fat because we want to be,” . This statement struck a nerve and not a very good one, when I read it. Black women, we have to do better, be better and live better lives, for the sakes of our families and ourselves. Enough is enough!!! Quit trying to be cute and get your butt in somebody’s gym or on somebody’s track.
It’s really NOT that hard to find 30 minutes out of your day to workout. If you are worried about your hair, find styles that will accommodate an active lifestyle:
There are even ponytail headbands that were specifically made to aid African American Women manage their hair while working out. Nicole Ari Parker (married to Boris Kodjoe) created a head wrap that saves your hair from sweating during workouts. NO MORE EXCUSES!!!! GET UP, GET OUT AND GET MOVING.