Borders is ideal playground for getting fit

Musician and fitness enthusiast, Cherie Vinter-Lindsay is a coach at Curves ladies fitness and weight loss centre in Galashiels.

Originally from London, the Kelso flautist and violinist played ice hockey for Newcastle University where she studied music. She was also the UK winner of a worldwide competition for a new flavour of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in 2009! Here she talks of her love of the Borders and a healthy lifestyle.

“The Borders is nature’s own personal trainer. Having lived in Kelso from the age of seven, it is only now (18 years later) I’ve discovered how versatile our surrounding terrain can be. Growing up, I would spend my Sundays perfecting three-turns and triple salchows at Kelso Ice Rink and summer holidays walking the stunning hills or battling against the driving winds of our beautiful coastline.

Having returned to the Borders after four (somewhat un-healthy) years at university I thought it was time to embark on a challenge to accelerate my healthier eating and training routine. And what better place to do it.

After a few months of struggling with salads and very short runs along the road where I live, you can now find me hiking the Cheviots on the windiest days, running up the Eildons for a pre-work energy boost, horse riding through the Bowmont Forest or wet and windburnt after a day’s surfing or sea-kayaking at Coldingham Bay.

As a weight management and circuit coach at Curves in Galashiels I spend my days encouraging and helping women realise the life and health benefits that exercise brings. With the ever increasing obesity statistics and health risks we now face it’s important that we do make an effort to take care of ourselves. Whether you’re a competitive gym bunny, an Olympics hopeful or if the thought of having to exercise makes you perspire, there are many enjoyable ways to spend your time improving your quality of life through many forms of activity 
happening on a daily basis in the Borders. We live in
 a region that’s constantly offering us a variety of fitness on our doorstep whether you want to spend money or not. It’s time to get outdoors and start exploring the many ways 
our beautiful land can 
help improve your quality of life.”