How to Dress Up Activewear for Date Night

Women wear activewear beyond just working out in the gym now a days.

Activewear has become a major fashion statement as celebs have been spotted out and about wearing cute activewear while shopping and running errands. The comfort and versatility of activewear make it a great go-to for any occasion, but what about date night?

Karrueche Tran, Model/Host
Beyoncé, Singer/Song-writer


Ayesha Curry, Chef



I have asked one of my very good friends (aka BIG SISTER) @reginaamarie_ to share a few looks on ‘How to Dress Up Activewear for Date Night.’ Her and her boyfriend are always going on fun dates from Dallas Maverick games to the State Fair of Texas. Her keen sense for fashion allows her to dress up any attire even if it is activewear. Below are some FUN looks that even you can put together when going out with bae!



This look says fierce! Pairing a quilted jacket with color-block workout tights is a quick way to dress up a dull T-shirt. Olive seems to be the new black, which is great because it can be worn with pretty much anything. Did I mention the Christmas Kobe’s? These shoes give this outfit that extra oomph to make this ensemble not look like your typical activewear.



Can you say fire? That’s the first thing that comes to mind with this look and get this.. the pants are Nike joggers. Taking an oversized blazer paired with a bodysuit makes this look a show stopper; it’s kind of like when casual meets chic. The accessories and shoes accent the look and are sure to have you turning heads while on date night.



This last look is great for bowling or even driving a race car at Speed Zone because it’s a comfy, yet stylish. Pairing Nike spandex with an oversized sweatshirt (IVY PARK) creates just the right balance for being out & about. The best part is if you’re going to be doing an activity and your hair isn’t to your liking, you can throw on a Nike cap to save any “bad hair day.”

There are many more ways to dress up activewear on date night, but these three looks are a great starting point for you. Don’t be afraid to wear your workout tights, yet alone your T-shirts & caps. It shows you can be sporty chic because you’re able to switch it up from time to time. Putting your own twist to any activewear makes the look all the wild, so if you’ve got date night tonight go into your closet and have a blast creating different outfits.

-Rach (:

Post-workout selfie w/Bae



Benefits of Pineapple

Most people know that eating fruit is essential to a healthy diet. With so many fruit options at the grocery store it can be hard to choose which fruits are best to purchase. Between the apples, grapes, oranges and bananas it’s easy to overlook other fruits, such as pineapples. With its juicy taste, pineapples are recognized as America’s 2nd favorite tropical fruit after bananas. Having originated overseas, pineapples have a short growth season; from late spring to early summer, but available year round at your local market. Pineapples can be eaten fresh, juiced or cooked and the best part is their health benefits that they can provide you. Below is a list of the top 10 health benefits of pineapples:

top-10-health-benefits-of-pineapples-opt1. Aids Digestion

Can’t seem to get your food down? Pineapples contain both soluble and insoluble fibers. These fibers contain, bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein ultimately aiding digestion. Intestinal tract infections are cured with pineapples because its juices work as a natural laxative, which treats constipation.

2. Boosts Immunity

Loaded with lots of Vitamin C, pineapples helps with protecting your body from various viruses.

3. Relieves Morning Sickness

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but the nausea that comes along with it is no fun. Pineapple helps relieve nausea due to its high vitamin (B6) and mineral content.

4.Good for Weight Loss Diets

Need fruit to add to your weight loss diet? Adding pineapple to the list will improve weight loss because it fills you up, while providing your body with lots of energy.

5. Prevents Hypertension

Eating pineapples on a consistent basis helps with reducing  the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure due to its potassium.

6. Fights Inflammation

Pineapples ingredient of bromelain works as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. It can also soothe arthritis, gout pain and any inflammation.

7. Promotes Eye Health

Rich in vitamin A, pineapples are good for improving sight and protecting against macular degeneration, a primary cause of vision loss in elderly people.

8. Maintains Healthy Bones

Pineapples are a good source of the trace mineral manganese that is essential for bone health.

9. Gives Glowing Skin

Pineapple is a natural remedy for skin care due to its rich vitamin C content that helps repair damaged tissue and promotes skin lightening. Again, this antioxidant-rich fruit is also great for anti-aging care. Can you say “glow?”

10. Supports Oral Health

The high vitamin C content in pineapples helps prevent the formation of plaque. It should be noted that due to its acidic content, pineapples can soften tooth enamel, which leads to tooth damage. It’s important to rinse after eating or drinking pineapple to avoid that issue. Brush, floss and use mouthwash!


Lastly, one cannot discuss pineapples without discussing its link to hygiene. Rumor has it that if you eat pineapples then your vagina will taste better and vice versa for guys. To be fair, this myth isn’t completely inaccurate. Your bodily fluids, like sweat, saliva, and vaginal secretions can all be influenced by the food you eat and lifestyle habits, but you knew that. OB/GYN Dr. Jennifer Gunter chimed in on that topic and here’s what she had to say:

“The best way to have a healthy vagina is to eat healthy.”

-Jennifer Gunter

If your health is important to you than you should treat your body with care. Take out the time to eat good fruits, exercise daily and watch your body reward you as a result. After all, you’re only given one body, so take care of it the best way you can.


5 Hairstyles for Workouts

In my blog titled Black Girls Workout Too I briefly discussed that hair was a factor that kept 40% of Black women from wanting to workout. Sweating out your hair and having to style it for hours after working out is a hassle, especially when you are busy woman. As Black women our hair is our crown; it says so much about ourselves through the various hairstyles that we wear.

Most that know me understand that I like to change my hair every two months; from braids, to bobs, to dying my hair different colors I have literally done it all. Since fitness will forever be a part of my life I think it is important to wear hairstyles that can still look cute after going hard from a workout. HAIR is one thing that should never stop you from reaching your fitness goals, so myself and four of my friends shared how to wear fitness-friendly hairstyles while working out.

Rachel Scruggs, CPT/Owner of Fit 29

img_0768I love to change my hair. Sometimes I will wear a sew-in and a few weeks later I’m ready to take it down and wear my curls as I am a natural girl. Ultimately, when working out any hairstyle that is out of my face works for me. Currently, I’ve been wearing my hair in braids because they’re easy to manage. One thing I will note about braids is that whenever you’re squatting they can be annoying on your back, but other than that I love them. It is also important that whoever is doing your braids doesn’t pull your edges too tight when braiding the front part of your hair. That is one area where I have seen major breakage and you have to save your edges (LOL)! There are so many different ways to wear braids whether at the gym or work. You can wear them half up/half down, all down, braid your braids into a fish tail braid, or even put it all up into a high bun. The versatility with braids is a major reason why I wear them. Oiling your scalp and washing your hair once a week with help your braids to last a long time.

Alyssa Nichols, CPT/Owner of Eunoiafit

img_5304My favorite hairstyle for working out is a high bun or puff when training at Powerhouse DFW. I actually use shoelaces (Yep, you read that right) to secure my bun because I get tension headaches very easily. Using shoelaces helps me determine if I need to loosen or tighten it when securing my hair. This particular hairstyle is effective because it keeps my hair out of my face. There’s nothing worse than trying to workout with hair in your face and on your neck, especially when you’re sweaty. This is also a great hairstyle because it can be worn at work; just make sure to slick those edges down and you’re free to go about your day. Wearing a high puff is a great way to preserve your curls if you’re natural. It’s super easy and looks cute, too.

Mayorca Young, Former D1 Collegiate Runner

fullsizerender-jpgIf you exercise more than three times a week, wearing natural curly weave may be your best choice especially if you are natural. Wearing natural curly weave benefited me in many ways. I was able to moisturize my hair and pull it back without worrying about sweating it out. Additionally, my skin cleared up a lot because my hair wasn’t in my face all the time. Other styles to consider with natural hair are twists, braids, buns and ponytails. Another key factor is to make sure you wash your hair at least once a week and drink plenty of water.

Maiah Holbrook, Fitness Instructor/Nutritionist

imageHair isn’t just hair to black women, it is our crown. It’s an outlet to communicate and express, so there’s no surprise that our hair can take priority over many things like health and wellness, but how do we fix that? How can you have your health and your hair? The answer is through protective styling! I’ve been natural for about five years, but I grew up an athlete with relaxed hair. That was a major struggle for me and my mom. Thank goodness, however that we found that curls and roller sets were the way to go. As long as I had a headband to keep my edges laid, my curls would last. They would last through a week of track practice, church and whatever else I had going on. I started swimming my senior year of high school and that was the driving force behind me going natural. Now that I’m in charge of my own hair, I stick with a sleek low bun for my go to, for workouts. It keeps my hair out of my face and all of my cute headbands catch my sweat. After a workout it’s so easy to refresh in the shower. In the shower my hair is stretched and detangled, which makes cleansing my scalp a breeze. This allows me to throw on a hat for those days in the gym I’d rather not be bothered with having to do my hair. I have insanely thick hair and go through a lot of gel, so slicking that down and prayers get the job done!

Shahira Ehiemua, Former D1 Collegiate Runner/Teacher

img_4006Protective styles can be a girls bestfriend when it comes to working out, regardless if you’re natural or not. Protective styles help you maintain length retention and decrease the chances of your hair coming in contact with your clothing, which causes friction. Friction will then cause your hair to break off. Having a protective style helps you maintain healthy hair that matches your lifestyle. Taking care of your hair while it is in a protective style is an easy process. If your protective style consists of braids, twist, sew-in, etc., an oil applicator will work perfectly to keep your hair moisturized.  If your protective style consist of a wig, due to the flexibility of being able to take it on and off, keeping your hair moisturized and clean is even easier. Also, your hair will not fall off with protective styles while working out. Your hair is actually being protected from falling out in that style.

With that being said, braids, a puff, bun, natural curly weave or a wig make for great hairstyles while working out. No one wants to be bothered with their hair when they’re trying to get a workout in, especially when you’re trying to be “summer-time fine.” You don’t have time to brush your hair out of your face 24/7, so find styles that are easy to manage, protect your hair and most importantly make you look great post-workout.


Hollywood Trail

What is the Hollywood Trail?

The ‘Hollywood Trail’ is a lengthy trail full of people, paws and even hooves. Enclosed by a beautiful view of downtown L.A. and the Hollywood sign the Hollywood trail makes for a great workout. Tourists from all over the place travel to see the Hollywood sign and experience the natural wonders of the trail. Words cannot express the beauty you’ll see on the trail, so that’s something you’ll definitely have to experience on your own.

Recently, I took a trip with some friends to L.A. and we visited the Hollywood Trail. This stop was very exciting for me because I like to workout outside. I feel like I get more out of a workout when I’m outdoors and L.A. has some of the best weather for outdoor workouts, so hiking the trail was going to be quite an experience. Thankfully, my friend had an extra water bottle in their bag for me to drink because 10 minutes into the trail I was so dehydrated. We ran, walked and did lunges up the trail until we finally reached the closest we could get to the Hollywood sign. Having a photo shoot was probably my second favorite part of the trip. The lighting was on point and made every photo come out nice.

Anytime I visit L.A. I always know to make a stop at the Hollywood trail and you should too.



Black Girls Workout Too

Two out of five African-American women said they avoided exercise because of hairdo concerns

-Huffington Post

I have seen this statistic on every website there is on the Internet. For articles to say ‘hair concerns’ keep 40% of African-American women from working out I cannot say I’m not surprised. You spend $60-$100 getting your hair done at the salon every two weeks and don’t want to sweat it out. However, hair has got to stop being a factor when discussing African-American women and fitness. A special report on ‘Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obesity’ stated that compared to White adults, African-American adults are nearly 1.5 times as likely to be obese. Approximately 47.8% of African Americans are obese and of that percentage 56.6% are women while 371.% are men. With these statistics why aren’t African-American taking their fitness life more serious? Here are a few reasons that further explain the inequities of obesity and other health related issues in African-American women..access to affordable and healthy food, limited access to a safe place to workout and knowledge of living a healthy lifestyle. In addition, being provided resources that educate African-American women on how to be healthy on a budget and how to workout with a busy schedule are areas that many fitness professionals seek to conquer. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER and once we instill that into our communities, African-American can be equipped to alter statistics that reflect poor health and fitness choices.
I have invited Maiah Holbrook, a Dallas based fitness instructor and nutritionist to weigh in on African-American women and working out. Below is what she said:
Black Women? What is the first thing that comes to mind? For me it’s my mom and my grandmothers, its hard-work, love and dedication. But working out or exercising wouldn’t be the first, second, third or fourth thing that comes to my mind. Was it yours?  More than likely it wasn’t, and that’s a major problem. Honestly, why though? Why do exercise and black women seem to not go together?  I can only answer for myself and from my experiences. Growing up I had many amazing black women in my life who taught a plethora of things that didn’t include exercise or health. All of the black women I knew were too busy with work, family, church and maintaining their hair between visits to the salon. There would be new health fads or workouts I would see my mom and her friends try together and then slowly stop. Growing up I only saw black women as athletes, not people who participated in a healthy lifestyle. There weren’t major campaigns for black women to be healthy, no avenues for them to follow to get healthy. The lack of a support system is why I believe black women don’t workout. As a health and wellness professional this is something I plan to change! Black women are the backbones of their families; they have the power to completely change the black community. I want to arm black women the knowledge of how to lead a healthy lifestyle through Nutrition and Exercise. I want them to know that self-care is just another way of loving and supporting their families by ensuring they are the best versions of themselves. As a young black woman I am genetically predisposed to diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. My workout focus is combat all three, I incorporate high intensity to burn fat and train my heart. I do 3-4 days of weight training to build muscle to keep my bones strong. I go to the gym not to look good, but to feel good and stay healthy for years to come. Movements like Black Girls Run and Black Girls Workout Too are the mainstream campaigns that were missing when I was growing up. These movements promote a healthy lifestyle specifically to black women. My mom joined a running club two years ago and has made amazing progress, just think of how different things will be as these movements grow. Black women are amazing but we can’t be expected to get fit and healthy on our own. These movements are the support we need to make Black Women and Exercise synonymous.

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 There are many young African-American fitness professionals like myself and Maiah that strive to influence others to learn how to be healthy and not just fit. There have been so many young African-American ladies getting into the fitness industry and I am certain that statistics that say hair keeps black women from working out or that black women don’t like to workout at all will become taboo. It is my hope to encourage all African-American women to develop healthy lifestyle habits that they can pass on to others, but it starts with themselves first.

We can soon let the world know that Black Girls Workout Too!


Keep Your 2017 New Year Resolutions

It’s 2017!

Time to put all your NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS to practice. One of the biggest things that people want to conquer in the new year is conquering their fitness goals. Whether you want to tone, lose weight or simply maintain your fitness levels it all starts with consistency and determination. I’ve mentioned in my previous blogs that you have to be the change that you see in your body. When you want better for yourself you’ll take the steps to make it happen and that goes beyond just fitness training.


Don’t let January go by without you having made any advancements to improve your fitness lifestyle. Let your failures from years past be your motivation to stick to your resolutions and actually follow through with them. Having accountability partners helps with keeping your goals because you’re surrounded by people who want the same things as you… a healthier lifestyle! Fit 29 offers daily fitness motivation to its members and friends that want encouragement as they strive to reach their fitness goals.

Some easy ways that can help you keep your fitness NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS include having an accountability partner, taking it one day at a time, and enjoying the process of becoming healthy and fit.

We’ve touched on the benefits of how an accountability partner can help you keep your fitness goals, but taking it one day at a time is super important, too. For starters, you cannot rush a fitness transformation as it takes time.


“It takes 4 weeks for you to see your body changing. It takes 8 weeks for your friends and family. It takes 12 weeks for the rest of the world, so keep going.”

Lastly, enjoying the process of becoming healthy and fit is something you cannot rush because it helps you develop patience and discipline, which are awesome character traits to have. Learn that only you can control the outcome of your fitness life, so begin to take the steps for a fitness transformation.

It’s 2017 now, so let’s get it!