Age is just a number for Laura Liong, who embraces outdoor sports to the max. More on her journey below! By Dawn Chen
Photo: Winston Chuang
Laura has a host of sporting accolades under her belt. She was a three-time national tennis champion during her schooling days, and more recently, the 2014 national cross-country mountain biking champion. Formerly an investment banker, Laura – together with her husband – retired young at age 42. “It was an early decision when my husband and I got married that we didn’t want to have kids,” says Laura. “We wanted to work hard and be able to retire young enough to still do activities we love, like outdoor sports.” True to their word, they’ve been living life to the full, and steadily ticking adventures off their bucket list.
What have been some of your most exciting holidays?
There are so many! Recent ones include a two-week mountain biking trip in Switzerland in 2014 and rock climbing trips to Thailand in 2016. I also just did the Tour de Timor mountain bike race (held in five stages over five days, and covering 450km) in East Timor this month.
That sounds intense! Do you see yourself slowing down anytime soon?
No. When I was younger, I focused more on competitive sports. But now, I’m all about challenging myself and trying new things. I want to be as adventurous as I can while I’m still able.
Do you think being active is limited by age?
I believe that the older one gets, the more important it is to stay fit and healthy. You lose your abilities – be it strength, stamina, balance or coordination – more quickly the less you use it. In taking care of my parents, I’ve also seen first-hand how debilitating age-related issues like dementia can be. An active lifestyle can at least help to delay the onset of such diseases.
What does ageing gracefully mean to you?
Staying fit and healthy for as long as possible. And to do that, having a strong immune system is crucial to me as an athlete. It prevents me from falling ill, helps my body optimise race performance, and aids recovery.
Adding on to that, what do you think about skin immunity?
Skincare starts from the inside out, and is just an extension of taking care of oneself. Your entire lifestyle – eating healthy, staying hydrated, working out – plays a part. And when it comes to anything topical, I’m not a big fan of anything heavy or sticky. That’s why the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is ideal. The formula is perfectly lightweight while still keeping my skin hydrated, and is something I can see myself using consistently.
This story was presented in collaboration with Shiseido Singapore.