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Beauty Routines a Reason Why Women Don't Exercise

Does Your Beauty Routine Prevent You From Working Out?

Some women wash and go, but others take their time to get ready. Those post-workout long beauty routines are a reason why some women don't exercise, says the US surgeon general, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin.

Dr. Benjamin recently spoke at a hair convention to try to encourage women to stop using their beauty routines as an excuse to skip exercise. "Oftentimes you get women saying, 'I can't exercise today because I don't want to sweat my hair back or get my hair wet," she said. "When you're starting to exercise, you look for reasons not to, and sometimes the hair is one of those reasons." Her message to women concerned? Your health is more important than your beauty routine, so stop worrying about the threat of a bad hair day.

Many women spend a lot of time on their beauty routine, whether it's applying the perfect amount of makeup or making sure every hair is in place. For me, early morning or midday workouts mean taking that extra step to make sure I've de-frizzed, blow-dried, and hairsprayed my way to an office-presentable look. So instead, I usually go after work — I can power through a sweaty workout and go home (and shower there if I have any evening plans). While I don't skip a workout because of my temperamental hair, I definitely think about it when I am scheduling when to exercise, and I can understand how frustrating post-gym hair can be. If you can relate, our beauty tips for getting in and out of the gym quickly may help!

How about you; does your beauty routine ever prevent you from working out?

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yogarunlive yogarunlive 5 years
Sometimes I like to wash my hair every other day, but when I work out I wash it that night. I try to work out at night (right before my shower; doesn't matter if I get messy) or in the morning (can shower after I work out).
ThinToBeGirl ThinToBeGirl 5 years
my hair only affects my workouts in the winter when I like to wash my hair every other day, but if I workout daily which I usually do, and I get really sweatty, I have to wash my hair everyday..but otherwise beauty routines don't affect my workouts :)
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
I prefer to work out after work, but most days my schedule doesn't allow it. I set my hair in pin curls while I work out, which leaves then in pretty curls when I'm done. I keep oil absorbing sheets at my desk for afterwards, as well as q-tips, concealer and eyeliner at my desk to get rid of racoon eyes. The one thing I just can't bounce back from without a full shower is bikram yoga!
amber512 amber512 5 years
I don't have a beauty routine except for moisturizer so it doesn't affect me!
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
i work out either in the evenings or first thing in the mornings, but i prefer first thing in the morning because then i don't have to worry about removing my makeup in the afternoon before my workout, i can just keep it on for the rest of the day. what i can't do is exercise with makeup on
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