Name: Colette Pienaar
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am 45, a nutrition and exercise coach working specifically with women over 40, who feel older than they should. My online coaching programs help my clients feel young, sexy and fun again in the shortest time possible. I am a bikini competitor, something that helps me stay focused and continually learning about my body as I age.
Describe your health and beauty philosophy?
To eat well and exercise regularly, to drink enough water, to use clean products on your skin and hair and look after your body from the inside out and of course to have fun and laugh a lot!
Have you made any big changes to yourself to help you feel good?
Yes when I hit 40 I realised that my body was changing, nothing that worked in the past seemed to work for me and I felt exhausted, looked middle aged and was overweight. I went on holiday with friends and realised that something needed to change when I saw the holiday snaps. So I decided to get my act together, clean up my nutrition, exercise at the right intensity and I lost over 2 stone within my first year and have focused on building the body of my dreams and have continued to improve by competing over the last 3 years.
I’ve had permanent makeup to my eyebrows applied and I had my breasts enhanced. Best thing for me! I absolutely love the results.
Do you find any part of maturing tough?
I find the changes to my body, general mood or tolerance of things bemusing at times. I have always celebrated birthdays happily and never felt like I didn’t want to turn a year older, I have always viewed change as a positive thing, so not tough, just another chapter of my life to learn about, to be the best I can be and enjoy what life has to offer.
Is there any area of your beauty and well-being you would like to improve?
Continued progress on a physical level.
Who is your pro ageing icon?
Madonna !! I know she isn’t perfect, but growing up in the 80’s with her music made an impression on me. One of independence, freedom, strength and style.
How do you feel about your age now vs. your youth?
I have loved every year that has gone by, I have no regrets. My mantra is that the best is yet to come.
What’s are your favourite beauty products on your bathroom shelf?
These two are awesome !!
What lifestyle habits are most important to you?
Eating well, exercising regularly and taking time out for me.
What are the biggest health/beauty routines you follow?
Get up first thing and have a cup of rocket fuel to kick start my metabolism, juice of a lemon, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper in warm water – followed by an easily digestible meal before my workout, head to the gym and never skip my protein shake post workout, Collete’s Vanilla Protein Powder.
What’s the best piece of ageing well advice you’ve heard/you follow?
Look after yourself ! Eat well, get enough sleep and exercise regularly, laugh a lot and do what you love! End of.
What’s your must-have product/surgery/treatment/activity?
IPL and having a Precision Brows treatment.
What is your approach to diet and exercise?
What advice would you give your younger self?
To be consistent and commit 100% to everything even if you think you may fail.
Where’s your go-to place to relax?
Whistler – Canada.
What’s your best tip for ageing well?
Always take things in your stride, maintain your sense of humour and believe in yourself.