As a fitness trainer, I come across a lot of people that ask, “Is there any way to work out without messing up my hair and sweating?” Is your hair stopping you? Here’s 5 tips that make the process to begin working out much smoother.
The first tip is to find an absorbent, cute head band that allows you to keep your hair out of your face. You could also opt for a beautiful scarf to place around your head to hold your hair down. Once your hair is wrapped and tight, your hair can maintain it’s form during workouts. Most of the time you are not going to be pouring buckets of sweat anyway.
There are so many fashionable designs available. It is easier than ever to look cute, fashionably athletic, and in style.
Tip #2 – Replenish Your Body
You should begin drinking water when you first wake up and eat something within an hour of your waking up. Depending on when your last meal was, your body is in a starvation and a dehydration state.
Well, your body is made up of 70% water. Our organs and limbs use a lot of water just to function. We also lose water when we excrete sweat or go to the bathroom. Your body is craving this essential of life. You must have water for survival. If you don’t replenish what gets used by drinking more water, where will your body get what it needs to survive?
You should try to consume a DIET of at least 70% water. I know it sounds like a lot of water, but you don’t have to just drink water. You can also get water from your fruits and vegetables.
If you don’t like eating anything heavy in the morning, treat your body to a piece of fruit.
I suggest you just begin. Just do it. Sometimes when we put so much thought into something, we can talk ourselves right out of getting started. If you’re trying to find the perfect time to workout; or you think you have to get your diet right; or have to lose weight before you begin, you’re guilty. Stop telling yourself little lies. I’ll share a little secret–there is no perfect time to start. The best time is now.
Tip #4 – Take it Slow
Start the process of working out slowly. Ummm what’s slowly?? Well, slowly would be starting with the small things. Commit to carving out time in your schedule each day. Try to keep yourself moving for at least 25 minutes a day. (This will help you to become heart healthy.) Start with little things within the comfort of your home. If you have a jump rope, you can try jumping rope for a minute on and one minute off, for a total of 5 minutes.
You can walk around your neighborhood, at the park, jump rope, or do push ups off the wall.
Work within your current schedule, but get up and move for at least 25 minutes a day.
Tip 5: Challenge Yourself
It is important to stay consistent in your workouts. Sometimes you may not feel like doing anything. Sometimes your emotions try to stop you, or maybe you just feel too tired. If you challenge yourself to workout you may start off initially being tired, but as you work out this will change.
Working out will stimulate endorphins that ignite throughout your body and begin to make you feel good. These endorphins give you a little more energy to help you push through. Before you know it, you will be feeling great. You’ll sleep a lot better after your workout too.
Challenge yourself to push through and before you know it, you won’t worry about sweating out your hair.
LaTanya Settles is a certified group and personal trainer, who trains out of Next Level Fitness in Gahanna, Ohio.