This is what 51 looks like: Fitness instructor says Zumba and a budget face wash keep her youthful 

This is what 51 looks like: Fitness instructor says Zumba and a budget face wash keep her youthful

  • Annaleah Lowe, from North Wales, has been a fitness instructor for over 20 years
  • Mother-of-two, 51, teaches Zumba 14 hours a week plus four hours or practice 
  • Washes her face up to four times a day to avoid sweat and dirt build up on skin

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Annaleah Lowe lives in North Wales, with her partner Mark. She has two children, Sharna, 30, and Ryan, 27, and a granddaughter, Zariah, one. She is a fitness instructor. 


I’ve been a fitness instructor for over 20 years. My favourite class is Zumba. I teach 14 hours per week, plus four hours of practice. This is the main way I stay fit. It’s an amazing cardiovascular workout but still fun, so you barely feel like you’re exercising. It’s so accessible too, so particularly good in midlife as you can take it at your own pace.


To keep my curly hair hydrated, I love Curlsmith products ( Instead of a shampoo, I use the Curl Quenching Conditioner Wash (£11), a gentle 2-in-1 conditioner with cleansing properties so it doesn’t strip the hair of natural oils. I add in Wella Shockwaves Curls & Waves Mousse (£2.89, if I want extra definition for going out.

Annaleah Lowe, 51, (pictured) who lives in North Wales, reveals teaching Zumba for 14 hours per week helps to maintain her ageless appearance


During lockdown, I couldn’t teach my classes and so I put on one and a half stone. I felt so under-confident. So, I’ve changed my diet. I have a Collagen Protein shake (, £37.99) for breakfast. I also drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a pint of water before lunch to curb cravings. I can fit back into most of my clothes and feel like myself again.


Every day, I take glucosamine sulphate supplements (Holland & Barrett, £15.99 for 120 capsules), which ease muscle and joint pain. A fellow fitness instructor, now in her 60s, recommended them. I’m conscious of future-proofing my health so I can teach classes for as long as possible. They’ve helped my energy levels.


I wash my face up to four times a day — it’s important to cleanse after exercising as pores open when you sweat and dirt can build up on the skin. I use Simple Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash (£2, My skin feels completely clean afterwards.


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