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The 81-year-old bodybuilder that’s defying all odds

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpBo2dl3PBc[/embed] When we think of bodybuilders, we often think of men and women who are young, athletic and ripped. One never thinks about an 81-year old black woman fighting the odds and becoming a record-holding world’s oldest bodybuilder. Well meet Ernestine Shepherd, she is motivating women around the world to become healthy and fit. At the age of 70, she started training to become a bodybuilder. Shepherd trains more than 30 hours a week in the gym and runs ten miles a day. Aside from participating in bodybuilding competitions, she conducts a workout class with a group of women every morning at her local gym. And here’s a secret - Shepherd works out in heels! If she can do it, why can’t we? This woman is the...

BGH Live! Making Better Food Choices & Socanomics

To kick off BGH Live! we’re chatting with a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor to get the best of both of worlds to learn how to optimize our gut health. And because a good diet goes hand in hand with a good fitness routine, we had to include a Socanomics dance break! To start us off right, Dr. Robinson schooled us on what exactly gut health is and why is it so important. To keep it simple: Gut health is thinking about the diseases that affect your gut like diabetes and making better food choices. The best way to do this is by eating foods that are good for gut and avoiding those that aren’t. Ready to know which is which? AVOID LIST: High cholesterol, high...

Working Out at KICKSTART: Pound, Zoombalicious, & Spin

We've been talking about it for months but the day has arrived! KICKSTART, our health & wellness expo empowering minority women to take charge of their health is going down today! If you aren't able to join us, don't worry we'll be documenting it all here and on our social media accounts! When it comes to the conversation surrounding health & wellness, fitness plays a huge role. With this in mind, at KICKSTART we have multiple workouts and fitness sessions to kickoff the expo. And when we say "workout" we don't mean those boring, outdated sessions. We're talking about workouts they get you up, get you moving, and get you sweating with some of the best experts in the industry. Walking down halls dancing to the music coming out of each workshop alone...

Selena Watkins

Move Your Body in Shape with Selena Watkins

This week our #wcw is the gorgeous Selena Watkins. Creator of the caribbean inspired dance fitness program Socanomics, SoulCycle instructor, and Women's Health Next Fitness Star. Get to know about her and how she uses movement--and dance in particular--to stay fit and in shape. Fitness workouts inspired by dance aren't anything new. But for Selena Watkins, her passion for movement, caribbean flavor, and a career in dance that spans over a decade, she was able to carve a space in the dance fitness space that changed the game. From Selena's dance choreography to her love for fitness, it's all rooted in her belief in movement. In order to succeed in life, she believes we must all be active participants. And the "active" part is literally infused into...

Benefits of Partner Workouts

Good news for gal time! Instead of heading to happy hour head to the gym with your girls. Multiple studies show there are benefits to buddying up in the gym. On the list of statistically proven benefits: enjoyment, post-workout calmness, and a 200% increase in the intensity of your sweat session! The more obvious benefits of working out with a partner: It’s fun, you’ve got someone to check your form, take your flex photos for the ‘gram and you can reach your health goals together. Whether you’re looking for a way to get back on track with your fitness goals or push it to the next level, grab a friend or your bae and hit the gym together! While you’re there, snap a pic of the...

Breathe And Discover Your True Self With Yoga

Kick off your shoes, grab a mat, and find a spot on the floor. Today is International Yoga Day and a great opportunity to learn the benefits of the ancient practice that has benefited millions around the world. Whether you are a devoted yogi or you don't know the first thing about yoga, watch a short video from BlackGirlHealth contributor Candice Elise as she talks you through a couple poses and gives guided instruction that is sure to leave you relaxed and more self-aware. You may even discover your new passion. Namaste!  ...

EXERCISE LINKED TO PREVENTING CANCER

Need motivation to get to the gym, well a new study may be all the motivation you need to burn a sweat. It shows that exercise can reduce the risk of developing 13 different varieties of cancers. The study involved the National Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and collaborating researchers in the U.S collected data from 1.44 million men and women .The researchers found a reduced risk of breast, lung and colon cancers, which has been reported before, but they also found a lower risk of tumors in the liver, esophagus, kidney, stomach, endometrium, blood, bone marrow, head and neck, rectum and bladder. As a part of the study researchers looked at the intensity of exercise and calculated how that effected a person’s' cancer risks over...

GREAT TURNOUT AT KICKSTART

Women came out to Reservoir Park on Saturday ready for a workout and that’s exactly what they got and more. KICKSTART was a day NOT about competition, but motivating and supporting women to kick in gear their workout plan as the warmer months are ahead. [gallery size="medium" ids="2637,2638,2639"] This event was aimed at encouraging women to take control of their health by making better choices, not just with fitness and nutrition, but with relationships, and behaviors that affect your mental, physical, and emotional health. Gaudenzia New Option was our primary partner to promote women’s health at Kickstart.   This event was an extension of the partnership between Gaudenzia and BGH to mobilize minority women to advocates women’s health by spreading HIV awareness sponsored by the National...

Kickstart Your Healthy Spring and Summer

Kickstart is geared to motivate women to kick in gear their workout plan as the warmer months are ahead. This event is aimed at encouraging women to take control of their health by making better choices, not just with fitness and nutrition, but with relationships, and behaviors that affect your mental, physical, and emotional health. Gaudenzia New Options Partners with BGH to advocate women's health by spreading HIV awareness and the impact on minority women. Let us know if you can attend by clicking on the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1525074834467286/ #Teamfitthursdays...

LET BGH BE YOUR MOTIVATION TO WORKOUT!

You want to lose weight to prepare for summer, but you have completely neglected your New Year’s Resolution and DARN its spring already. If this is you, don’t be ashamed because you are like the most of us. We know all the excuses as to why you can’t seem to workout, this includes: I’m too busy, I go to work early and get off too late, I don’t have money for a gym membership, there isn’t a gym that’s close by, I have kids to take care of, I have too much school work, and then for those who are really honest with themselves “ I’M JUST LAZY, I DON’T HAVE THE MOTIVATION TO JUST DO IT.” BELOW ARE BLACKGIRLHEALTH’S TOP TRICKS TO KEEP YOU...