Danai Gurira on Empowering Fitness and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice – Women’s Health

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As you would expect, Women's Health August cover star, Danai Gurira, is something of a real-life superwoman. The playwright, actress and activistwho is best known for her roles in Black Panther, Avengers and The Walking Deadalso fights the good fight off-screen.

Indeed, as well as opening up about how she views fitness as a form of empowerment, the 42-year-old Hollywood star tells us in a new interview how she's pushing for lasting change against racism. 'Concerning the fight for racial justice, a fight that so many have devoted their lives to over so many years, a fight that has stubbornly refused to be won, Im daring to hope,' she says, shortly after George Floyd's death sparked mass global protests. 'This is a moment that could bring about some real change and honour the labour of those who have come before. I desire to help that change come to pass in any way I can. Thats what inspires me to keep going.'

Speaking about what that progress should look like, Danaiwho is currently working on adapting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichies bestselling novel Americanah into a ten-part series adds: 'We need sustainable reforms. Id like to see anti-racism popularised in our culture, our society, language, commonality and ultimately throughout the system. That would allow for true justice to be the norm and not the exception.

WH's cover star also lets us in on the secrets of her sculpted physique. In addition to following a nutritious pesca-vegan eating regime, she exercises up to four times a week with personal trainer AJ Fisher, focusing on evening out muscle imbalances while improving strength, mobility and cardiovascular function. Their intense sessions include circuit training and moves inspired by Pilates, in which she alternates high-intensity intervals and active rest.

While her workouts might primarily be for moments in front of the camera, they leave her feeling seriously good. [Women] arent encouraged to understand how powerful their bodies can be, Danai explains. I love it when women find their power. I love it when I find a different ability in my body that I didnt know I could find or I could learn I always encourage any young women I speak to to explore that part of yourselfFind the thing you enjoy and it might be lifting weights, it might be boxing. Of course, all the astounding martial arts there are to learn. Its an exciting kind of playground to play in and to find another part of yourself.

Read the full interview with Danai Gurira in the August 2020 issue of Womens Health on sale now. Pick up an issue OR why not get Women's Health delivered directly to your door. SUBSCRIBE NOW

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