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Does Your Hair Keep You Out of the Gym?

Turn heads for your biceps and your bouncy curls! (Photo courtesy of Sarah Kehoe)

Turn heads for your biceps and your bouncy curls! (Photo courtesy of Sarah Kehoe)

When it comes to excuses to miss a workout, we've heard them all. But here's a reason every woman has probably used at least once  -- skipping the gym so you don't mess up your hair.

According to this CNN article, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin stopped by the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show this past weekend to talk about the belief that ethnic women don't exercise because it might ruin their hair.

Benjamin said in her conference that she's talked to a number of women of all ethnic groups who admit that after spending anywhere from $50 or more on their hair, the last thing they want to do is get sweaty and muss up their 'do. According to the American Journal of Public Health, less than 30 percent of minority women in the U.S. get the recommended level of exercise. Reasons cited were lack of time, economic constraints, and the hassle of personal care, such as their hair.

"I don’t think it’s limited to African American women," Benjamin said. "Other ethnic groups would come up and say the same thing. I’ve heard it from Hispanics.  I’ve heard it from a couple of my older white patients that I have at home.  They’re saying I get my hair done every weekend -- I don’t want to be exercising after I get my hair done."

So, what's the solution to this hairy situation? Benjamin recommends working out at night and asking your stylist for help. They often have products and recommendations that will make your style last longer, even after a exercising. Need more advice? Check in with our Beauty on the Go blog, for the latest tricks and must-have products from our beauty editors.

Now tell us: Have you ever skipped a workout because of your beauty routine?