As the waistlines of Americans continue to grow, and many in the health and fitness communities discuss ways to combat this growing epidemic, one groups is always at the center of the debate: black women.

If you listened to the media, you’d think all black women were lazy, comfortable being overweight, and more concerned about their hair than their BMI. But we know better.

Like many Americans, some black women are indeed struggling with their weight, but despite the idea that we are allergic to physical activities, black women DO work out. Countless examples like Black Girls Run, GirlTrek, and A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss show that black women—like all women—are concerned about our health. And while we may not be perfect (who is?) we are not sitting idly by while our health declines.

Enter, Black Women DO Work Out, a Facebook group with over 200,000 subscribers that champion health and fitness for black women. Although they are at various stages of their journeys, the women (and some men) who contribute to the group prove that black women are not only concerned about their health, but they are taking steps to improve it.

Black Women DO Work Out is a grassroots movement created by Crystal Adell to push back against the media’s attack on black women. Instead of shaming women because they may be overweight, Adell’s mission is to inundate them with “praise and encouragement in the way of nurturing sisterhood” which “will ultimately help keep others motivated in their own objectives.”

Brimming with countless examples of amazing weight loss stories, women taking the first steps to living a healthier life, and an overwhelming outpouring of support, Black Women DO Work Out is a welcomed reprieve for sistas looking to make healthy life choices.

What are your favorite web destinations for black women and fitness? 

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  • E.M.S.

    YES indeed. I’ve always been in decent shape but this year I decided to get my butt in gear and start working out every other day for real (I used to believe all the walking I did around campus was enough, but it’s not! lol). I watch what I eat, count my calories, and do dance/aerobics/kickboxing. I’ve only been serious for two weeks but I’m already seeing results.

    As for where to go, I read tips on fitness from a lot of different sources. If it applies to the goals I’m trying to reach, I look into it.

    The biggest stigma people need to move away from is black women don’t like to workout because of our hair. If you put it up in a bun or high ponytail & get yourself a good headband, a little sweat won’t ruin it. And even if it’s moist, just hit it with a blowdryer and oil right after your work out.

  • gmarie

    maybe it’s a geographical thing…I see lots of black women at my local gym in all age ranges and fitness levels. it probably helps that the regulars are friendly and helpful if you seem stuck or lost. I see us in the classes, I see us on cardio machines and I see us in the weight room. We’re there

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