Running While Black

It’s important for Black people to find or create their own spaces in the world. We often have issues finding spaces where we enjoy unique experiences such as anime, cosplay, and science fiction. With all of these spaces created, we have found it difficult to find spaces in the running world. We did some digging and found a few groups specifically for Black men and women to be a part of.

RunGrl.Co

RunGrl Co is a digital media and event platform for Black women to experience wellness in the form of running. Founded by Ashlee Lawson, Natalie Robinson, Dominique Burton, Jasmine Nesi, Stephani Franklin, and Na’Tasha Jones. RunGrl offers support and information for Black distance runners through their website and community events. Recently, their campaign #MyRunningHair embraced Black women’s versatile natural hair. Check them out on Instagram at @rungrlco or their website rungrl.co to learn more about attending an event.

Black Girls Run

BGR is a running group that aims to tackle the obesity epidemic in the Black community. Their mission is to make health and wellness a priority for Black women and break the stigma that Black women are unhealthy and unfit. The best thing about BGR is there is a bunch of subgroups in multiple cities. Whether you’re in Atlanta, Charlotte, or Philadelphia, there is a BGR chapter in your town. Find out more on their website and join your local chapter for free at blackgirlsrun.com and follow them on Instagram at @officialblackgirlsrun.

Black Men Run

Photo: @blackmenrun Instagram

Similar to their women counterparts, BMR is an all Black male running group. Fighting to tackle the heart disease and obesity in Black men, BMR encourages men to come together to run and jog for their health and in the name of brotherhood. Similar to Black Girls Run, BMR has various chapters in different cities that host running events. To stay up to date on Black Men Run, check out their site blkmenrun.com or follow them on Instagram at @blackmenrun.

National Black Marathoners Association

Photo: @blackmarathoners Instagram

NBMA is a nonprofit organization that supports Black distance runners. NBMA has been successful in awarding over $10,000 in scholarships to high school students for college. Founded in 2004 by Tiny Reed and Charlotte Simmons, NBMA is the longest standing running nonprofit for Black people. Stay up to date with NBMA on Instagram at @blackmarathoners and their website at blackmarathoners.org.

5 Ways To Get Fit Without The Gym

Going to the gym isn’t always the best option when you want to work out. In fact, sometimes it just doesn’t make sense at all. Hitting the gym can be costly; both for your bank account and your precious free-time.

Personal trainers can get expensive, and even basic gym memberships can easily amount to hundreds of dollars a year. For those who are fortunate enough to be able to pay for professional assistance, PT’s are great and can definitely be worth the money, but there are many ways to get fit for much less!

Getting to the gym can also cut into your time. It can take several hours a week to get to and from the gym, especially if you tend to go after work, doing rush-hour. And wouldn’t it be great to have the option to just work out in the convenience of your home?

If you’re trying to save time and money, or you’re simply more comfortable working out at home, get fit without a gym by using these tips:

Workout Videos.  Whether a trainer offers these services through an app, or videos on youtube, this is a great subsitiute for the gym. You can do them virtually anywhere, which makes for a great convience. It’s best to purchase small home work out equipment like resistance bands, dumbells, and/or an exercise ball for better results.

Take the stairs. Elevators are great when you’re going to the 10th floor, but taking the stairs whenever it’s possible can make a big difference on your health. Did you know that climbing stairs burns more calories per minute than jogging?

Do bodyweight exercises. Planks, push-ups, squats, jumping jacks and step-ups are all great ways to get moving!

Walk more. Taking walks in the afternoon with the dog or your small children can make for both great bonding time and help to increase a healthy blood flow.

Make housework exercise time. Cleaning the house is actually a great way to get moving. Check out how many calories you can burn by doing housework with this calculator.

3 Powerful Tips To Help You Stick To This Year’s Fitness Resolutions

Happy 2019! It’s that time of year again. You’ve entered a new year and made new fitness goals. While it’s great to create goals that’ll help you become the best version of yourself, many times we don’t carry it out past the first few months. According to researchers at the University of Scranton, only 50% of people are able to keep their resolutions past three months. So here are 3 great tips you can use to help you stick to your fitness resolutions.

1 Create S.M.A.R.T Goals For Yourself.

Set realistic goals for yourself using the S.M.A.R.T method. S.M.A.R.T stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. So instead of setting goals that are too lofty or ambiguous to attain such as “lose 50 pounds”, be more specific. Using the S.M.A.R.T method a goal could be, “lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks by doing cardio exercise so I can feel my best for my birthday”. The closer and attainable the goals are, the more likely you will be to achieve them. And once you knock those goals out, you can set new ones. Also, don’t aim for the impossible. If you know you really only have time to take a dance class twice a week, stick to that. Don’t overextend yourself because that may lead to negative thoughts and emotions when you aren’t able to follow through.

2. Find Ways To Hold Yourself Accountable.

You can find ways to be held accountable through yourself and others. How does your body and mind feel when you don’t make responsible choices? How does it feel when you do make the right choices? Honor yourself by continuing the habits that serve your body and letting go of the ones that don’t. Discipline is key. Another option is to have someone trustworthy and dependable do check ups on your progress. Someone who will encourage you to stay consistent and cheer you on.

3. Forgive Yourself. Every time.

While it’s okay to feel discouraged, don’t beat yourself down. If you happened to skip a gym day or eat a meal you weren’t supposed to, let it go. Self-loathing and self-hate are not helpful or healthful. And remember, your overall health is of utmost importance. According to Psychology Today, “researchers found that people who were successful at keeping their New Year’s resolutions slipped, or made mistakes. In fact, 71 percent of people who were successful in their resolutions slipped in the first month”. Each day, each second is filled with opportunity to start again. No one gets it right every single time. So just acknowledge it and carry on.