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“When the body is active, the mind has no time to get depressed!”
If there was a mantra to define Lê Châu Nguyên, this would probably be it. At 67, this woman of Vietnamese descent does not look her age. To say that she is active would be a gross understatement. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
When she gets up, Ms. Nguyên does a 30-minute workout to wake up her joints. Her morning routine continues with a facial massage to activate blood circulation and a session of Qi Gong, an art that helps people find the relaxation and inner calm necessary for good mental equilibrium.
Three times a week, she goes to the Maxiforme weight room at Regina-Assumpta College to strengthen her thighs, biceps and arms and improve her sense of balance. And in the evening, the sixty-year-old relaxes with her multicolored pencils, felt-tip pens and brushes.
“I mix colours. It calms me down, I really enjoy colouring all kinds of drawings and painting miniature patterns on wood.”
But above all, Lê Châu Nguyên’s favorite activity is line dancing, which she says she loves.
“I count myself lucky because my husband is an excellent dance partner. Even though he is older than me, he is very fit.”
In the spring, she gets on her bike with her husband to tour Québec. Montréal, the circumnavigation of Lac Saint-Jean, the arduous coastline of Shawinigan, La Malbaie, the list goes on.
“The landscapes of our Québec are simply sublime. I like to have my breath taken away by this beauty.”
When she retired from Emploi-Québec nine years ago, Lê Châu Nguyên set herself the goal of taking care of herself. She was determined to enjoy life; sitting around doing nothing was out of the question.
Her secret to staying young: she does not drink, does not smoke, and she makes a point of eating well.