On any given Sunday, you may find ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ star Danai Gurira carving out time for some much need self-care.
“There’s nothing more fun, more replenishing, than a Sunday of walking in nature, enjoying friends’ company, or having a great meal,” Gurira said.
Besides acting, Gurira is co-founder of a nonprofit, Almasi Arts, which supports and facilitates the dramatic arts in Zimbabwe.
Gurira is a woman on the go, but what keeps her sane in a busy world is sweating it out, a spiritual connection with herself, as she listens to what her body tells her.
For the past three years, the 40-year-old has been doing some intense training four times a week with trainer AJ Fisher, in which the two specializes in what she coins “Corectology,” which focus is to even out muscle imbalance while improving strength, mobility, and cardiovascular function.
“If I haven’t worked out, if I haven’t exercised and connected with my body in some way, it chips away at my feeling of well-being.”
According to Women’s Health, “A typical workout for Danai includes lots of circuit training and Pilates-inspired moves, in which she alternates high-intensity intervals and active rest (that’s when she’ll do the Pilates 100, a classic core move from the method). Fisher’s workouts also focus on paired muscle training—obliques and inner thighs, for example—“so you’re training your body to work together as a unit.” Every session, however, includes glutes work. “It’s the biggest muscle in the body and key for posture and balance,” says Fisher.”
Though self-care is essential to Danai, helping others is equally necessary for fulfilling her life’s journey. She’s on a “continual journey” to fight for gender equality, and with Almasi Arts, she explains, she’s “making sure unheard voices are heard and celebrated.”
Danai has won numerous awards as a playwright and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2016. What inspired her to start writing was not seeing or hearing the narrative that highlights the experiences of African women. The success of Black Panther helped put it all into perspective. “It kind of affirms that little African girl’s instinct that these stories would resonate if they were told with passion, integrity, and excellence.”