Why don’t I see you at the pool?

Sistah SwimmingIn the quest for low-impact, high-energy exercise, I’ve rediscovered my love for swimming. I’ve been going to the community pool several times each week, swimming laps and doing water aerobics. After I’m done, I always feel peaceful and relaxed.¬†Despite the fact that I swim at Medgar Evers Pool in the heart of the Black community, it never fails that I’m the only sistah in the pool. What gives?

Is it a hair thing? Is getting your hair wet holding you back? Swimming is a cheap aerobic exercise that’s easy on the joints, and a powerful stress-reducer. And even if you can’t swim, there are water aerobic classes that you can do in just waist-deep water. Come on in, my sistah. The water is fine! Talk with your hairdresser. There are some water-friendly styles and products for our hair that can make managing wet tresses much easier. And if you’re a do-it-yourself hairstylist, there are clarifying shampoos and conditioners now available for you to choose from.

Maybe you’re self-conscious in a swim suit. Okay, I get it. But no matter what your size, there are figure-flattering swim suits to be had. Investing is a pareo–a sarong-sized body scarf–and a colorful beach towel can do wonders cameflauging any body imperfections.

Or maybe you¬†think swimming is just something black folks don’t do. Hey ladies, yes we do! Try it! Many local community centers and the YWCA have pools that are under-utilized. Use them! Your body, mind, and spirit will be happy that you did!

Question: What keeps you from heading to the pool?

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