Women avoid exercise over hair worries

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  • A study has found women use their hair as an excuse to get out of going to the gym

    Dragging yourself to the gym after a tiring working day is never easy, and we often have a multitude of excuses to get out of it.

    And now a new study has shown that 40 per cent of women use their hair as a way to avoid exercise.

    The study was conducted in North Carolina by Dr Amy McMichael, of Wakeforest University. She said: ‘As an African-American woman, I have that problem, and my friends have that problem. So I wondered if my patients had that problem.’

    To discover if this was a common phenomenon, she surveyed 103 black women at the university’s clinic. The results showed that more than half exercised for less than 75 minutes a week, with one in four doing no exercise at all.

    Those women who did not exercise because sweating would ruin the effects of hair straightening treatment were almost three times as likely to not meet government recommended health guidelines.

    McMichael believes that the often expensive and time consuming hair care regimes of African- American women result in the aversion to exercise.

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