KAREN BEREN­SON

Milwaukee Health - - NUTRITION ALCOHOL -

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Owner, RunFit MKE, Third Ward Age: 39

Af­ter 12 years in fi­nan­cial ser­vices, Karen Beren­son de­cided to fol­low her true pas­sion – health and well­ness – and be­come a per­sonal trainer. “Work­ing out my­self lit some­thing in­side of me; it made me feel more like my­self,” she re­calls. So she got cer­ti­fied. She opened her own gym last fall. There, she helps clients im­prove bal­ance, strength, flex­i­bil­ity and agility. For her own rou­tine, Beren­son does cir­cuit train­ing twice a week. And be­cause can­cer struck five close fam­ily mem­bers, she has run five marathons to raise money for can­cer re­search. Beren­son also says ex­er­cise is her emo­tional out­let. “It helps me stay emo­tion­ally and men­tally sta­ble,” she says.

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