There are some stereotypes about black women that I find very hurtful, such as the notion that we’re all loud, angry gold diggers. Then there are others that I simply think are hilarious, such as the myth that we don’t exercise. Let me say that people outside the black race are not the ones who seem to think this. I’ll never forget the time I mentioned to one of the black teen girls I worked with at my old church that I like yoga. Her reply: “Yoga! Black people don’t do yoga!”And I remember when I became a certified aerobics instructor in college, members of my own family were surprised because “black girls just don’t do that.”
Well, this week I spent as much, if not more, time at the gym as I did when I was getting paid to be there.
I mentioned last week that I’ve decided to try to burn 3,500 every seven days and… I did it! Here’s how:
Wednesday I went to Body Jam, a dance-based aerobics class, and burned about 533 calories according to one of Glamour.com’s health calculators.
Thursday I tried my gym’s new kickboxing class. It kicked my butt and melted about 762 calories.
Friday I burned 495 calories on the elliptical.
Saturday and Monday I hit Body Step (a step aerobics class) to burn about 533 calories each of those days.
And yesterday I did some weight lifting for about 45 minutes and put in an hour on the elliptical for a total of 667 calories.
That put me at a grand total of 3,523 calories! And I’d like to add that whether I was on the elliptical or in a group fitness class, when I looked to my left and right, I was surrounded by brown-skinned beauties.
Another misconception about exercise is that it’s something you only do if you’re trying to lose weight. While that is currently my goal, I have loved working out since I was (a very thin) adolescent. I remember doing jumping jacks, push ups and sit ups at home as a teen and my parents asking, “Why are you exercising? You aren’t fat!” But exercise can give you this amazing natural high and make you feel incredibly strong and proud. That’s why I plan to stick to this 3,500 plan even after I’ve reached my goal weight.
What’s your exercise regimen?