Exercise is the cure to all our ills apparently and particularly if we are moving through the midlife barrier. For my next Fabulous Female, exercise has been her salvation and she is now on a mission (quite literally) to convert as many as she can to her way of thinking.
Clare La Terriere is a formidable and inspirational force in the instagram exercise world. At 57 she has the abs of someone half her age and my guilty pleasure is to start my day with a cup of coffee and a digestive (in bed) being inspired to get up and move by Clare. She is a midlife force to be reckoned with.
We all approach midlife in different ways but I think it is safe to say that for many of us it presents many challenges and a downturn in mood and enthusiasm for life is universal to us all. Clare wasn’t any different, except whilst many of us may give up or succumb to midlife beneath a cloud, Clare was determined not to let that drag her down and fought back with exercise. Now she espouses the benefits not only of moving but HIIT as an easy and surefire way to manage your weight, boost your well-being and feel good about yourself – whatever your age.
Finding the inspiration to do something is always hard, particularly when it comes to exercise but I defy anyone to not be motivated by Clare. Here is her story…
- Who is your role model?
I don’t have anyone that naturally came to mind but this question really made me think! It has never occurred to me to have a role model in my life but I deeply admire individuals who have a goal no matter how silly or small and actually achieve it! (I’ve only got 4 more more years left of the 5 year date I set myself to appear on Strictly Come Dancing!)
- What motivates you?
My head motivates me… my radio crazy telling me that I know I’m one step away from a short workout that will change my mindset for the whole day!
- What are the values you hold dearest in life?
I value generosity in any shape or form and empathy.
- What has been your biggest challenge so far and how did you overcome it?
The ending of an 8 year relationship which I thought I would never recover from and the beginning of a newfound happiness and relationship with myself I didn’t know existed!
- What is your proudest moment?
My daughter telling me I was her role model!
- What motto do you live by?
You make your own happiness… you can never rely on other people for that!
- What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Exercise… if only I had started back then I could saved myself years of depression!
- Who gave you the best advice and what was it?
My identical twin once told me “you make your own happiness “ and I was like duh… why didn’t I think of that!
- How would your friends describe you?
Funny, I seem to make people laugh..generous, kind and VERY sensitive!
- What makes you laugh out loud?
Oh god – I have such a weird sense of humour… such a difficult question.. anything and everything which frankly is a hopeless answer!
- What would your autobiography be called?
Abs of steel and a heart of gold.
- What does midlife mean to you?
It’s just the best time EVER… happy, confident, fit, healthy, in love!
- What would be your desert island essential?
– FOAM ROLLER! True….
- What makes you feel fabulous?
Exercise- I know people will roll their eyes at this answer but exercise has been, is and always will be my salvation!
In your own words… A fabulous female is
A woman who is obviously but discreetly confident and happy with herself.. to me that’s all that matters!
In Clare’s world there are no excuses for not exercising. She is forever trying to find ways to make it seem more enticing and not something to dread. If you are inspired take a look and see what I mean.
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