On her next birthday, Deb Lowther will turn 50 and it hasn’t slowed her down one bit. If anything, Deb is becoming more active as she gets older. She runs, does hot yoga three times a week, is in her second year of adult tap classes (previously she’d never danced before), she took snowboarding lessons last year for the first time, and she joined a swim team last fall and swims one morning a week.
Her goals are to remain as active as possible as she gets older, to show other people in their 40s and 50s that it’s possible to slow down aging and be stronger than ever before, and to be a role model for her three teenage daughters by demonstrating that you’re never too old to try something new.
Get to know Deb and welcome her to the #AfLfamily.
Q&A with Deb Lowther
AfL: What is your biggest fear?
Deb Lowther: Riding my triathlon bike in the rain.
AfL: What is your proudest moment?
Deb Lowther: I’m proudest of myself for completing my first triathlon because I had to ride my triathlon bike 40km in the POURING rain (see above!). Not going to lie, I cried for a few of those miles, I was that afraid of riding in the rain. But I did it and went on to complete a Half Ironman triathlon a few months later in the blazing sunshine!
AfL: What is your favourite way to spend time with family?
Deb Lowther: Outdoors hiking, biking, skiing, swimming, running, geocaching, or all five of us cuddled on the couch watching the Amazing Race with a big bowl of popcorn.
AfL: What is your favourite season?
Deb Lowther: All seasons are awesome. We ski every weekend in the winter and hike the ski hill, we love fall and hiking and biking and exploring water falls, the summer we are at the beach or friends’ cottage or camping, and in the spring we are running together and getting ready for our family 5k’s and triathlons.
AfL: What is your favourite physical activity?
Deb Lowther: Mine is running.
AfL: Some other little known fact about you that you’d like to share?
Deb Lowther: Being an active family allowed us to go on a trip of a lifetime last summer. It was an Active Family Adventure trip to Peru — we went white water rafting, rode bikes, hiked forever, climbed high, and saw some amazing sights. All five of us being active allowed us to go on such a trip and really get to enjoy all the sights around us.
AfL: Please tell us in a few words why you’re excited to be an AfL Role Model?
Deb Lowther: I see the effects, joy, and excitement first hand on my own kids on being active and encouraging them to get outdoors. I was encouraged from a young age to be active and it stuck with me — I want to get as many kids as I can feeling the benefits of being outdoors, and feeling strong and active.