RE-EVALUATE| Making our health a priority

RE-EVALUATE| Making our health a priority

By: Timoshanae Wellmaker (@GoldGoldGirl)

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Black women, it’s time. If you are "twenty-something" and black, then you most likely can find one thing on this list you can relate to. Below is a list of things many of us, far too many times, have allowed getting in the way of our well-being. And before we go any further, it’s important we address, and re-evaluate, how important our health is to us.

Our Hair

We have to get away from allowing our hair to be a hindrance (and an excuse) for us not to work out. This is not okay. Using your style as an excuse to stop you from going to the gym due to sweating out your blowout, and/or messing up your edges, is not putting your health first. This has got to change. If you can’t work out with your hair then you’ve got to find a new solution (i.e. a new style).

Our Money

If you have the money to subscribe to iTunes, Tidal, or Netflix, then congratulations, you have money for a gym membership instead. A Planet Fitness membership is the cheaper than Netflix now, so if you haven’t made it to the gym in the last few weeks, then maybe it’s time for you to make some changes to your budget.

If you still can’t find the money for a gym membership, re-evaluate where you are making your dollars a priority. Check the following your budget and see what you can cut out (lashes, full sets, pedicures, coffee runs, bundles, new shoes, etc.). If you really want to make it work, you can. It’s important to know where your money is going each month before thinking you can’t truly afford a membership to your closest gym.

Our Time 

Far too often, it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to go to work, class, run errands and then make it to the gym. The truth of the matter is if you make it a priority in your life there is a way to make it work. Have you ever spent three hours in the mall? You could’ve easily fit in a 30-minute workout. If you can wake up Saturday mornings or find the time and energy for your nail/hair appointments after a long day, know you can also carve out time to make it to the gym. Start small and work your way up. You don’t have to commit to hour-long workouts. Do 30 minutes and then move on.

Our Excuses

This is a big one that comes out in so many ways.

“I’m too tired.”

“I don’t live close to the gym.”

“I don’t have workout clothes.”

Well, guess what? Making excuses will not get that body right! The thing is, you don’t even have to go to the gym – find what works for you (workout at home or outside). In regard to making excuses for your diet, you don’t have to cut out all of your favorite. You just have to make you a priority; so, put the excuses down, and do what you need to do. If it helps, find an accountability partner to keep you on track as well.

I want to reinforce to you that your health is what you make it. It is a journey, it is a process. Remember, it’s all about you! Forget what anyone else is doing via real life or Instagram and take control of your well-being. Don’t do it for the likes, do it so you can feel and live better. You’ve got this!