Meet Jill she helps people reach fitness goals.Creative Folk, Entrepreneurs | July 6, 2018
We are on the quest to interview business owners over the age of 60. This week we head to New South Wales to chat with Jill Healy-Quintard who is founder of Body and Balance.
Can you tell me a little bit about your business and what you do?
I run Body and Balance Fitness and Wellness and have been for 38 years, so now I am over 60 years old and still helping 1000’s of men, women and children to reach fitness goals, nutrition goals and live longer, healthier lives.
I teach kids in schools and have done for many years about mindset, mindfulness and meditation along with dance, cardio, core and strength. I am now teaching Department of Education Teachers Movement and Meditation for Student and Staff Wellbeing. I am writing a book related to the many years of working with and training people that includes pro-ageing as a way of thinking rather than anti-ageing.
What motivates you to keep working after 60?
I have not considered that being 60 or older would or should stop me from working. I suppose its a state of mind and body.
My attitude to fitness and health and my passion for ageing with a positive self-image keeps me very motivated, plus all the amazing people I meet and get to have fun working out with, is very motivating daily. I always wake up happy to be instructing daily and motivated to keep fit and keep others fit, plus music drives me. I am told I have the best playlist and always asked to DJ at parties.
What do you like most about having your own business?
Freedom to choose what I want to do, who I want to work with, being able to dance and have fun with so many people of different age groups and making money from doing what I love.
What are some tips you have for thinking positive about growing older?
Love what you do and who you are doing it with. Travel, have fun and don’t stop having fun. See new places, meet new people.
Keep up to date with the world. What is on trend and see yourself doing things you have only dreamed of. I say in every Yoga Nidra Meditation class, to think of an intention today, something positive for you, family, friends and the universe. Say that intention, see what it looks like, feel what it is like and make it happen.
This is repeated three times and has made a change to so many people, including myself. I believe doing this daily is positive for everyone. I have been told by people who feel their age is preventing them from enjoying life, that doing this in a meditation has made a huge difference to the way they feel and made them feel empowered to move forward.
What are some of the most important lessons you have learnt in life?
To not keep arguing when it is going no-where.
To love, cherish and be with your children as much as possible as they grow up so fast.
Never let go of who you are and what you stand for.
Find a partner who has the same or very similar ethics and upbringing as yourself.
Seek your purpose in life
Don’t let age dictate what you should or should not be doing.
Reward yourself for all the amazing achievements you have made.
Negative self-talk is damaging……let it go and love who you are……tell yourself “I am fabulous.”
Mix with people that allow you to be who you are.
Be with people you enjoy being with, as much as they enjoy being with you.
Share your knowledge and learn from other people’s knowledge.
Stay fit and healthy.
Having an open mind and being non-judgemental is very important.
What advice would you give to the younger generation?
All of the above, plus to try to not take the media hype about anyone under 20 doing it all, having it all, being perfect as the absolute truth, as we all have issues and having what the media suggests is ‘having it all’ is perhaps not really what you need.
Enjoy life, love a lot, laugh a lot and be happy. Smile as that changes the way you look and feel. Breathe deeply, as that changes the way you look and feel too.
Look up and see how beautiful the world is.
Mix with people that make you feel wonderful
Find your purpose and be true to yourself.
Be in the moment as much as possible.
Find a person you love and trust to confide in if ever you are struggling physically or mentally.
Cherish your family and your friends.
If you could jump into a time machine what era would you visit and why?
I love now, but I also loved being a teen in the 60’s moving into the 70’s…..It was so cool, clothes, flowers in the hair, painted faces, Indian dresses, incense burning and the most gorgeous vibe of love and energy and my very first music festival with the waft of marijuana, open fires, bodies floating to the music……I would do that again. I married, had a child and a breakup by the time the 80’s was in full swing.
I loved the 80’s and totally embraced the ‘New Romantic’ and the androgynous clothing and dance seen. Think Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, David Bowie, Grace Jones, The Cure, New Order, Madonna. Wow! I was there and entered my era as lead singer in a new romantic band, plus worked in the film industry and had parts in movies TV shows and commercials and hung out in a wild scene……marriage break up, new partner and into the 90’s DJ Techno Dance world and Warehouse parties. I loved being a young mum and my son and I did a lot of fun activities and he was able to have the best of his father and myself, as we were totally devoted to him when he was with either of us. I loved this stage too.
The 1990’s also amazing and fabulous, as I married my French partner in Paris. We had a daughter and moved well and truly into domestic life, being a teacher, fitness instructor, Yoga and Pilates instructor and dancing in night clubs when we could to John Digweed, Sasha, Byork, Massive Attack, Dee-Light, Snap, Spice Girls. Music and dance is my passion and I love that I have a daughter who is a singer and songwriter and has the most amazing voice and brings much joy to us and all who hear her.
Entering the 21st Century was incredible. I love the 2000’s, the technology that has superseded all expectations and I am excited to see what is next.
I detest the ongoing war and destruction and lack of respect for human lives in the world we live in now. I hate the poverty and starvation of children. The lack of education for many due to poverty, starvation and displacement.
Now in 2018 I have called this year ‘The Year of Infinite Possibilities’, I have no need or desire to retire, as I am writing a book and campaigning for better lives and empowerment for girls and women especially in third world countries. The need to recognise better health and sanitary conditions for females, so they can receive an equal education to males.
I love all eras, I love life and what I do. I still have masses of energy, I love my husband and now adult children and feel strong and healthy.
Anything else you would like to add?
Personally I find it odd when people think they have to retire when they may not want to. From my observation many hate the idea of retirement, as it means stopping what they actually enjoy. And leaving a routine and daily life. Many embrace retirement by leaving a regular working life to try out new adventures and this is what I see as a positive retirement. I am continuing my life through health, fitness, wellness and travel and helping to improve lives for many.