Anna Danes was a lifelong runner, jogger and walker, but after giving birth to her daughter 12 years ago, she got busy and wasn’t able to keep up her regular exercise routine. She quickly noticed changes in her body, especially her weight beginning to creep up, and eventually went back to a cardio-heavy routine.
She wasn’t seeing results, though, and after successfully battling breast cancer, getting divorced and shaking off her old life as a lawyer to become a jazz singer (her sophomore album, Find Your Wings, topped iTunes jazz chart in 2016), she knew it was time for a change.
I’m not ready to look midlife, even though I am midlife, says the 47-year-old musician. I’ve got a new life post-divorce: dating and a new career that’s taking off.
So just three weeks ago she began lifting weights four times a week, and has already noticed major changes.
Aside from losing 8 pounds no small feat! Danes says, My energy is way up too old running speeds are now a breeze.
While everybody requires a different workout routine, and the exercise regimen that works best for you may involve all cardio or very little, fitness experts say that a mix of cardio and weight training can be important not only for aesthetic reasons but also to help prevent injuries and decrease the risk of osteoporosis, particularly in women.
I think the most important thing about any athletic pursuit for women … is the general sense of competence you get from knowing that your body can do whatever you need it to, says Karen Ko, a Toronto-based strength coach and personal trainer. This is huge for women. We’re socialized to defer to men in areas of physical activity; they are the experts, they are inherently stronger than us. Strength training challenges this narrative and is extremely empowering.
While some women, especially those facing illnesses or injuries that impede their ability to perform load-bearing exercise, do best with cardio only, most would benefit from adding some kind of weight training to their workout routine. Ko says its never too late to start, and adds that the bro culture of the weight room is changing and becoming more welcoming to people of all genders.
Need a little inspiration? Let the journeys of Danes and the other women below motivate you to try something new.
I feel in control more, that I can do this, I can get fit on my own just by doing the work and feel strong!
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