All change for trainer Gail

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Originally from Northern Ireland, Gail’s family moved to County Sligo where she spent much of her childhood.

The 46-year-old did a degree in engineering, leaving university to go into the technical side of the pharmaceutical industry.

However, she decided to switch tack: “I liked the HR side and moved into training because I liked the people part of it”, and so she became a training manager.

She and her husband Dave, who works at ProStrakan in Galashiels, have two children, daughter Kaitlin, 15, and son Alex, 13, and live near Morebattle.

“Fitness is a major part of my life. Becoming a personal trainer has been a big change for me. We moved to the Borders for my husband’s job five years ago, but I couldn’t find work.

“I had gone to the gym and run for years so I decided I would retrain and did my qualification (with Lifetime). It’s blossomed from there and I have got really into it.

“I’m doing personal training and working for Curves (a women’s gym in Galashiels) part-time and it’s great as I can fit things around it. I get my exercise, I’m helping other people and I’ve got time for my family.

“I have been going to the gym and doing classes since I was in my early 20s, before I decided to try running and I really enjoy it. I’m not a long-distance runner, I’ve done a half-marathon, but I like being outdoors and you can run anywhere. And running’s free, you don’t have to join a gym to run.

“I’m aware of ageing and trying to keep my body healthy. I love food and I know that if I didn’t keep exercising I wouldn’t be able to enjoy life as much.

“I try to eat healthily. You can almost justify treats when you know you are going to burn it off.

“I’m not fanatical, I’m not one of these people who has to exercise every day. If I’m on holiday I can do something every other day. I’m aware of keeping my fitness levels up over a holiday though because of my work.”

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