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How Achieving Strength and Wellness Empowers Women’s Lives Through Fitness

In today’s fast-paced world, women often find themselves juggling multiple responsibilities, leaving little time for self-care. However, prioritizing fitness is essential for overall well-being. Regular exercise not only improves physical health but also boosts mental and emotional well-being. This article explores the importance of women’s fitness and offers a comprehensive guide to workouts for strength and wellness, empowering women to take control of their health.

The Importance of Women’s Fitness

Women’s fitness is more than just a matter of aesthetics; it’s about empowerment and overall health. Here are some key reasons why women should prioritize their fitness:

Physical Health: Regular exercise helps women maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis, and enhance overall cardiovascular health.

Mental Health: Physical activity is linked to improved mood and reduced stress levels. Exercise releases endorphins, which act as natural mood lifters, helping combat anxiety and depression.

Emotional Well-being: Engaging in fitness activities provides a sense of accomplishment, confidence, and self-esteem, promoting a positive self-image.

Stronger Bones and Joints: Weight-bearing exercises like strength training can help women build stronger bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a condition more prevalent in women.

Increased Longevity: Regular exercise has been associated with a longer, healthier life, allowing women to enjoy their later years with vitality and independence.

Workouts for Strength and Wellness

Now that we understand the importance of women’s fitness, let’s delve into some effective workouts that can help women achieve both strength and wellness goals.

Strength Training

Strength training is a cornerstone of women’s fitness. It not only increases muscle mass but also boosts metabolism, which can aid in weight management. To start, consider these exercises:

a. Squats: Targeting the lower body, squats work the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. Proper form is crucial to

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Elaine LaLanne, the First Lady of Fitness, Is Still Shaping the Industry at 97

Elaine LaLanne’s morning exercises often begin before she’s even out of bed. Lying on top of the covers, she does two-dozen jackknifes. At the bathroom sink, she does incline push-ups. After she dresses and applies her makeup, she heads to her home gym, where she walks uphill on a treadmill for a few minutes and does lat pull-downs on a machine.

“Twenty minutes a day gets me on my way,” she said at her home on the Central Coast of California.

But her biggest daily feat of strength, she says, happens above her shoulders. At 97 years old, Ms. LaLanne reminds herself each morning, “You have to believe you can.” She said that belief had not only kept her physically active through injuries and emotional obstacles, it had also helped her to live the life of someone decades younger. “Everything starts in the mind,” she said.

Ms. LaLanne’s habit of speaking in aphorisms (“It’s not a problem, it’s an experience”; “You do the best you can with the equipment you have”) is a product of a lifetime of trying to inspire people to move more and better themselves. For nearly six decades, she was both wife and business partner to the television personality Jack LaLanne, who is widely considered the father of the modern fitness movement, and whose exercise show ran for 34 years, from 1951 to 1985.

“She was the guiding force behind Jack,” said Rick Hersh, Ms. LaLanne’s talent agent for more than 40 years.

While Jack was a natural showman — he rose to fame performing acrobatics on Santa Monica’s Muscle Beach in the 1930s — Elaine preferred to work behind the scenes, supporting him and managing their sprawling entertainment and entrepreneurial empire, which included not only a TV show but dozens of fitness gadgets, food

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Army Not Tweaking Fitness Test After Uncertainty Over Gender Standards

The Army is unlikely to change its new physical fitness test despite Congress recently passing a law pressing the service to establish gender-neutral standards, according to two sources with knowledge of the plans.

The annual defense authorization bill passed in December directed the Army to set the same fitness standards for men and women by June. Last month, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the service had already established gender-neutral expectations for troops, but was vague about the specific standards to which she referred.

The service won’t be making additional changes to the Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT, which was officially rolled out in October, the sources said.

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“The language in the bill talks about gender-neutral standards for military combat occupational specialties,” Wormuth said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. “We have standards in [an Army policy pamphlet] that lays out the requirements for all the combat [jobs] that are gender neutral.”

The defense law passed in December required the Army to “establish gender-neutral physical readiness standards that ensure soldiers can perform the duties of their respective military occupational specialties,” but did not specify the service had to make tweaks to the ACFT.

The Army fitness test was originally meant to have gender-neutral standards, but service leaders reversed course, setting different standards for men and women, as previous tests have done.

The ACFT became the Army’s official fitness test in October after going through a beta period that began in 2019, allowing the service to tweak specific events and standards. It’s widely considered to be an improvement in measuring a soldier’s fitness compared with the earlier Army Physical Fitness Test, or APFT, which had

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