Name: Alison Hay | Age: 62
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am 62 years old and have been married to my lovely husband David for 42 years. We have two children and five grandchildren.
For the past two years I have been my husband’s carer after he suffered a heart attack, this was swiftly followed by chronic depression and anxiety. Watching your loved one going through depression or any illness is difficult and heartbreaking for a partner, so I learned as much as I could to understand and gain knowledge and therefore support him in the best way possible.
It was during this difficult time I realised that I also had to take care of me too! Taking time out from my role as a carer, how could I take care of him if I didn’t take care of me too!
What made you take up resistance training?
One day I was reading an article about an American lady Ernestine Shepard who was in her 70s and had taken up weight training in her 50s, this inspired me to have a go. However living in the rural highlands of Scotland there’s not going to be a gym close to hand!
So I bought my own equipment and weights and I follow a few fitness gurus on Instagram. I workout 3-4 times a week, drank lots of water and ate healthily (though I am partial to a latte and a slice of cake).
Training with weights and seeing the results in the mirror along with comments from family and friends has boosted my confidence greatly.
I think more women should give weights a try or whatever sport they have an interest in, challenge yourself it’s never too late.
What’s your beauty routine like?
I use Liz Earle products as they only use natural ingredients, I exfoliate twice a week and use a good body cream to keep my skin soft and supple.
What is your life philosophy?
Take time for yourself be brave and try something new and make yourself proud. My attitude to life now is try and find your own unique purpose, or the world will fit you into whether you like it or not, and then you will have to live with it.
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