Thursday, 9 August 2012

Fitness for hair growth

Just like with growing your hair, getting fit is a matter of doing a little bit the right way instead of overdoing it or doing it wrong.
I find one of the best arguments for working out is that it’s good for your hair. Such a simple but understandable reason to get off your ass and move!

Do something you enjoy
It doesn’t matter what your thing is. Walking the dog or training for an ultra marathon. As long as you get some air and blood flowing through your body, it’s good for your hair. Increased circulation and release of happy-hormones is all good for your body and good for your hair growth.
I like this motivational picture:

Get gadget-y
Even though you would wish the endorphins and general wellbeing after working out should be reward enough and motivating enough to get you going, we all know that’s not how it works.
“Silly” gadgets and tools can really help with the motivation. In the end, who cares what motivates you as long as it gets you moving?
Depending on what works for you, look into mini trampolines, the various Wii fit’s or the Nike+ fuelband.
Personally I use fitocracy.I find it has a lot of problems but it still motivates me to work out for my points. (My problems with fitocracy are that I find it extremely free-weight-centric, not always obvious or user friendly and it seems to me they’re not actually improving on the things that has been missing or not working for ages)
I downloaded the apps Runkeeper and Zombies, run! mainly for my Hubby to use on my new phone for when he runs. I recommend Runkeeper but not Zombies, run! I found Zombies, run! To be too expensive for something that will only be a supplement for running (I think the huge minus with it is that you can’t plan your runs or pick one for a length that fits your time schedule. It seems the app itself decides how long your run should be based on your playlist, which I can see is a good way to push yourself to run fast and run longer. But it seems incredibly stupid that you have to fail missions because you’re simply tired or run out of time to actually run in. Also, as my hubby put it: “So I’m just supposed to run around in circles until the program is over once I get to the end of my usual running track??” I would also really have liked to see a history or compare-option so you can see if you’re getting better or not. )

I will probably only repeat what you already know, but to make it short: Lifting builds muscles which burns more calories, lifting enhances your performance at every other sport you do, you gain strength without becoming bulkier (Unless you start *really* bodybuilding and even then you probably need some more or less illegal stuff anyways to get really big) Lifting decreases your risk of suffering from osteoporosis, reduce your risk of heart diseases, diabetes, arthritis and joint pains.
Also, and I say this as a woman: I find a feeling of comfort in knowing I’m a lot stronger than people assume when they first see me.

People, even in the longhair circuit tend to treat sweat as an enemy to their hair. The reasoning given is that since sweat contains salts, it is drying on the scalp and hair. Of course that is true, but as long as you don’t leave the sweaty residue on for a full day, it shouldn’t be worse than being in a dry climate for some hours. It certainly isn’t a reason to not work out!
But let’s take a look at some numbers:
  • Normal pH of sweat is 4.3 to 4.7.
  • Human skins pH value is somewhere between 4.5 and 6.2 with the average pH being 5.5
  • The pH of the scalp is normally between 4.5 and 5.5

Sweat lands pretty accurately in the middle of the range for skin and scalp pH, so that is just fine.
Some shampoos however will be either alkali or very close to a neutral pH. Every time you use a high pH shampoo, you push your scalps natural balance a little further away from its natural and beneficial low pH value that protects it from fungi and malign bacteria.
Conditioners on the other hand are almost all acidic and will not interfere with the natural pH as much. (On a geeky note: The low pH value in conditioners will add a proton to the amino acids they contain which results in a positive charge that will form more hydrogen bonds in the keratin scales. This is the basic “flattening of the hair scale” that is desirable to people who care for their hair.)
I found a couple of links to nice lists that have pH values listed for shampoos and conditioners for those curious:
To make a simple conclusion here: Don’t shampoo your hair after working out (Unless you finish with an ACV rinse) Go for either a simple WO or if you must, use conditioner.


If you’re growing or maintaining long hair, chances are you are already obsessed with getting protein in your diet. When you are working out (At least if you lift as well) recommendations for protein intake seems to be between 1 gram of protein per kg of bodyweight and 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight.
But even if you’re not on a diet, you probably don’t want to add a bunch of extra calories to your diet just for extra protein. The easiest way to get extra protein is simply taking protein drinks. Divide the calorie content with the protein content to get an idea how many calories your protein will “cost” you.
As a general rule of thumb, it seems to me the protein drinks that are clear are lower in calories than those that are opaque. Avoid anything that boast of “recovery” as they will contain lots of carbohydrates.

And finally, a picture that really speaks to me:


  1. Ur no nonsense posts are so awesome :3 going for a run now!

  2. Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou

    Do you know how many years I've been looking for a list of Ph Balanced shampoos?!?!

    And, hey, shocking--the top 2 are the two that my hair and scalp love.

    Another fact: the body was meant to move. Our lives being so busy as desks and computers and add to that fast food of high fat/sugar/carbs, is it a wonder many people are unhealthy.

    I still need to shed 50 pounds, but I'm fitter than I've ever been. Exercise is what you make it and I want to live a healthy life and be happy, not get to an age where I have to stop living because I didn't take care of my body sooner :)

  3. One of the best quotes (I didn't save it and forgot where I read it) went something like this:
    "I don't see running as a chore or as something that I have to do. For me, running is like brushing my teeth, it's something that I just do. It's routine."

    One that also really hit home for me was this:
    "skinny people look good in clothes. Fit people look good naked"
    Before that I didn't even realize that my problem was not about body fat or weight, it never was. My friends always tell me that I look great, but deep down I never fully agreed... And then it hit me =p I'm not fat, I was a chubby child and lost a lot of that fat in my late teens, and since I'm out of shape, everything seems a little bit flabby and I have tons of cellulite =/

    Working on it, though! Fit is the new black =D
    Love that last picture too!

  4. Just getting around to reading this today - this is a really good post- informative and great graphics/pics too! :)
    A-1 all around.