Preserve That Sexy

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We all know how hard it is. Choosing between the couch and a run after a long busy day. But we also know that if we actually do go for that run, that booty is going to keep sitting where it belongs!

“Preserve the sexy” is the punch line of Black Girls Run (BGR), an organization focused on encouraging and inspiring African-American woman to live a healthy life. “According to the centers for Disease Control 80 percent of African-American woman are overweight”. In 2009 BGR was created to fight this tendency. Through an online community and local running groups provide support and encouragement for both new and veteran runners. The organization provides training programs, health and nutrition advice, as well as, the opportunity to follow stories of other runners who have made great healthy changes to their lives. Additionally, BGR tours the US with free running, health, and fitness clinics visiting cities with the highest obesity rates. Since their launch in 2009, BGR has had tremendous success, supporting 52,000 members across the country.

For every member and runner they help prevent obesity and the chronic diseases that follow an unhealthy lifestyle. They also help woman preserve the sexy. – Are you ready to go for a run?

by Lise White

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  1. Black Girls Run is a fantastic initiative. As an individual who used to be morbidly obese, I can attest to the fact that we have serious issues in the African American community with health and wellness. There are plenty of great exercise and nutrition programs out there, but the fact that BGR is targeting African American woman is innovative and socially important. We need more programs like BGR to raise the awareness among African American woman of the health risks they are facing by being overweight.

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  2. Kelsey

     /  May 4, 2014

    “We all know how hard it is. Choosing between the couch and a run after a long busy day. But we also know that if we actually do go for that run, that booty is going to keep sitting where it belongs!” SO TRUE!!!

    I have to be honest. The 80% number shocked me but it did not surprise me. There are a host of reasons (*cough cough excuses) that African American women use when making the decision to be healthy or opting for an unhealthy lifestyle. “I don’t want to sweat my hair out,” “I’m just big boned,” “My partner likes me ‘thick,'” “I don’t have time,”. All of these things may be true, but they can be countered with stronger arguments that encourage exercise, a balanced diet, and a healthy lifestyle. It’s not just about appearance either! Exercise makes our emotional, mental, and spiritual lives a lot easier. Running may not be your first choice, but how about something with less impact to build up your endurance like walking, yoga, or core exercises. We need to take back our health as Black women and reverse the statistics!

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