Running is a great way to get fit and lose weight, just look at the body on Shelly Anne Fraser, Jamaican gold medalist 100 meters Beijing 2008 and World champion 2009 Berlin, see what hard food can do and I bet she never misses the bus, in fact I think she's probably faster than the bus, and if anyone has ever ridden a bus in the Caribbean you know they can shift!
It's a great way to maintain weight, some of us know we ain't ready to lose weight, cause we're not quite ready to deal our issues, but we don't want to put any more weight on, well you could take up running, eat the same way and your weight will become stable and halt the weight gain until your ready to deal with what ever needs to be dealt with, to get you on the right path to losing weight.
Caribbean, African food and American soul food can be unhealthy depending on how we cook it. Food plays a big part in our family lives, fried chicken, macaroni cheese, coleslaw, plantain, dumplings fried and boiled,need I carry on! And you know some relatives be getting very upset if we refuse to eat their food! Running can be the perfect way of controlling this.
Candace Parker WNBA star who plays for the LA SPARKS, she's not a small girl she's strong, powerful, six foot 4 and a mum. It's not all about being a size zero, bun size zero, look how big she is compared to David Beckham, she makes him look like a damn Hobbit, but she is unapologetic about about her size and thats the way it should be. Fitness and health should always be our first concern as women, not how skinny we are... now the microphone stand is really Posh Spice in a black dress... I know who I think is more attractive!
There are some of us in our thirties and beyond who have not had any children yet. Now I don't know about you but I ain't getting any younger and sadly you can't fight nature (I really should've frozen some eggs ten years ago), so I figure the fitter I am the better chance I'll have of getting pregnant if I decide that is what I want one day. Once I'm pregnant, the healthier the pregnancy will hopefully be due to my fitness. I don't want to get pregnant and start off overweight and unhealthy, that's just asking for trouble. Plus our bodies are not going to bounce back like they would've if we had had children young, so running has to be part of the plan to help the body stay in shape, and to keep up with them once they arrive!
Those of you who are young and not thinking about children yet, cool but you should still take care of your bodies so when the time comes, bam, you can just push out them kid's one time, bam, bam, no problem. Jokes aside we all know the fitter a woman goes into pregnancy the better it is for her and her child, especially those of us carrying extra weight so if your looking to get pregnant and you know you need to lose some pounds you must know what I'm going to say by now....you got it, get running.
I talk to my eggs, ovary and womb everyday: " I love you egg's, I love you ovaries, womb how you doing today, hope your feeling fine, no I haven't forgotten about you, you are always on my mind, don't worry I promise one day that I will put you to good use, I just need you to hold tight for a little bit longer, can you do that for me?"
Big breasts, yes I am going to go there, and yes I am a small tittie girl so what right do I have to comment? Well your right I don't know what it's like to walk around with two big mounds strapped to my chest, or have to hold them down as I run for a bus or tube, no I don't know what it's like to have to fling them over my shoulders to wash underneath, no I don't know what it's like to run around with two footballls strapped to my chest, or have to wear scaffolding for a bra, but I do know that sports bras have come a long way, so strap those bouncing breadfruits down and get running and stop complaining about a blessing that some of us would love to have! Plus if you really think you got too much, running can help you loose some.
The change in my shape has been great, my bottom is at least two inches higher than before and hard like rock, my stomach is flatter, arms more muscular, I am fitting into clothes that over 18 months ago would beg me not to try and squeeze them on. “No Kat, no please don’t hurt us.” I have still got a way to go, but I ain’t trying to be a microphone stand, just look good in my clothes and feel good about myself and yes you guessed it, running is helping me to achieve my goal. I ain’t perfect... there are times when I back slide, but everyday I keep trying and most days the trying works.
We live in a world which does not uphold our kind of beauty so we need to do that for ourselves. Running can give you a healthy body image and make you realize it's not just about how you look, but how you feel... are you healthy, do you feel good, can you chase after your kids, catch that bus, run after the mugger that stole your purse and beat him down, carry the buggy and the shopping up to the 10th floor, catch the traffic warden just about to ticket your car, grab that last bag of weave like a ninja that some girl was about to get her hands on, win the parents race on sports day and leave everyone else in the dust?
Running for me has been a great way to jump off the band wagon of faddy diets that never work and find a permanent solution to health and fitness. Of course I still struggle like everyone else, and an achilles injury last July when I had to stop running for a few months saw me gain a bit of weight, but that has almost gone now, and well no one is perfect, all we can do is try and enjoy the journey on the way, so dig out your old gym clothes and start running. Now if you feel inspired to run have a look at the link at the bottom of this page which gives you a comprehensive list of things you can do to get started.
What you waiting for? There’s a whole new healthy world waiting for you.
Now I know how particular we can be about our hair so here are some tips, those of you who are short and natural, you're in one of the best positions when it comes to exercise, cause you can just wash and go. Extensions, and weave, yep yep that can work nicely as well when it comes to exercising. Wig's well no worries at all, when you get back from your run, just bust a new one. Locks, yes they can sweat out a little bit but I tend to wear a bandana to soak up some of the sweat and wash and condition my hair more than I would if I was not running. Relaxed hair, well I'm not an expert having never relaxed my hair before, but I see plenty of sisters with relaxer exercising so it must be possible. If anyone wants to add any tips or comments on how to maintain hair whilst exercising feel free, cause you know if their hair is okay, then everything is okay.
The link below is from a great blog called "Black girls run." and has some great hair care tips for sisters who exercise.
Kerron Stewart another kick-arse Jamaican sprinter who specializes in the 100 and 200 meters. She won a silver medal in the 100 meters and a bronze in the 200 at the Beijing Olympics, again a great example of African athletisicm... look at her body, toned muscular and athletic. I truly believe if we work with our natural shape and ancestry we can do great things, so throw away those scales and get exercising.
Happy running my sisters.