African American Women's Fitness Tips

Your health is important, so make exercise a priority.  Set aside 30 minutes for exercise everyday.  In that little bit of time, you will rev up your metabolism and slash your odds for a number of diseases.

It’s time to make a few changes to your diet and adopt a healthier lifestyle! Eat five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  They’re heart healthy, nutritious and will help whittle down your waistline. 

When planning your workout routines, remember to incorporate the three different kinds of exercise: flexibility exercises, aerobic exercise, and strength training.

Make sure you drink plenty of water before you exercise.  If you wait until you’re in the middle of a work out to sip on some H2O, you could already be dehydrated. 

Find a friend to work out with– or make fitness a family affair.  It’s easier to stay committed to a work out plan when it’s a team effort!

It’s important to get about 7-8 hours of sleep a night.  You’ll be well-rested and more energetic!  Plus, depriving yourself of shut-eye may promote serious illnesses like diabetes and hypertension.

Don’t let your hair stop you from working out.  Choose a cute and easy-to-maintain hairstyle so you can enjoy the benefits of exercising.

Don’t forget to drink at least eight glasses of water a day!  Water keeps you hydrated, detoxifies the body, and helps control your weight and appetite!

If you’re busy with a job, kids, projects, goals, obligations and commitments, it’s time to simplify your life!  Eliminate responsibilities that aren’t necessary, and make time to eat right and exercise.

If you need more energy to get you through the day, eat well and eat often.  Have 4-6 mini-meals a day that are balanced with protein, fruits and veggies.

If you’re dedicated to living a healthier lifestyle, remember, you’ll have your good days and bad days.  Meditate, pray and maintain a positive attitude.   Visualize yourself in optimal health and reaching your fitness goals.

To stay healthy, take a multi-vitamin every day.  It gives your body a lot of the nutrition it craves to build stronger bones, boost energy, feed muscles and boost your metabolism.

If you’re trying to lose weight, having that first meal of the day is important!  Don’t skip breakfast thinking it will help you drop some pounds.  Studies show that people who skip breakfast burn less calories during the day than those who eat a healthy breakfast.

Snacking can be good for you if you choose the right kind of snacks.  Choose foods like dried fruit, almonds, low fat cheese or yogurt.

Don’t have a whole hour to set aside and exercise?  Sometimes it’s the little things that count.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park your car further away than usual so you can get in a little extra walking.

Variety is the spice of life!  If you’re tired of going to the gym… mix it up!  Go walking, play tennis or ride a bike – it’s all physical activity.

If you’re working out and the scale isn’t budging, don’t get down on yourself - you’re still making progress!  Think about it this way - you have more energy, you can think more clearly, and can work out longer without getting exhausted!

Pat yourself on the back for exercising and making healthier food choices. Stay motivated by deciding on a goal and a reward, and work toward it.  Nothing will keep you more focused than a new pair of shoes or a pretty new dress!