Despite having a demanding job, Jasmine Vincent runs, and does pilates and yoga regularly.
When Jasmine Vincent turned 42, she thought it’d be cool to celebrate her age by running all 42km of a full marathon. At that time, she wasn’t a runner, but that didn’t stop her from signing up for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon.
Armed with several books, including The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, she started training for her first big race on her own. Within four months, she was ready and completed the marathon in good form.
Now 44, Jasmine does a whole lot more in terms of fitness. The associate deputy group director of a real estate firm is now into trail running and prefers it to road running. “A run in New Zealand’s South Island in December 2016 got me hooked,” she says. “I love that it isn’t about the pace. It’s about being one with nature.” Her love for running is so infectious that she’s even got her husband of 14 years into the sport.
She also picked up pilates and yoga over the last two years to complement her running routine. Plus, she’s engaged a coach from UFIT Singapore to help her with strength training. “There are steep ascents and descents in overseas trail races and the terrain can be very technical. Without targeted and regular strength training, I could easily be injured when racing on such trails.”
Jasmine clocks up to five hours of exercise per week. That’s typically divided into two runs (one long run and a speed work session), two strength training sessions, one pilates session and one yoga workout. She’s also set a fitness goal for 2018: to complete a 30km to 50km trail marathon overseas.
Speaking of goals, she has bold targets when it comes to her job, too. She plans to achieve this entire year’s targets within six to nine months. And in five years, she wants to be retired and living around the world. Sounds challenging? Perhaps. But Jasmine has always loved the performance-oriented nature of her work. In fact, she thrives on it.
Over the course of her career, she has earned 19 awards and her biggest accomplishment to date is being ranked the fifth top producer out of 1,400 associates in her company in 2016. This was based on commission earned.
Jasmine’s a go-getter through and through, but with only 24 hours in a day, how does she balance it all? “Know exactly what you need to do every day by planning in advance. Having a routine is pertinent,” she says. She generally works from 9am to 5.30pm five days a week, overseeing CBD office space investment sales and leasing, as well as managing a team.
Her trick is to fit in her workouts throughout the course of a week. For instance, she does pilates and speed work at lunchtime on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and strength training before work on Tuesdays and Fridays. Being productive is key and she makes sure that every minute of her time is well spent.
In Jasmine’s words…
I work out because… it keeps me positive. It makes feel youthful, energetic and alive.
Being a superwoman means… doing well professionally, living healthily and being a balanced individual.
If I only have five minutes to work out, I will… do bodyweight exercises and stretching.
Every superwoman needs… someone who loves her. Someone who is there to give her a big hug for things well done as well as when the chips are down.
The person who inspired me the most was… my late mum. She was positive, mentally tough, charitable, genuine and gentle.
If I could have a superpower, it would be… to teleport myself to all the most amazing trails and mountains of the world.
When I’m not working or working out, I’m... travelling, reading, watching movies, listening to music, and watching orchestras and plays.
I love being a woman because… it’s okay to be vulnerable and it’s okay for my husband to carry all the groceries!
My life motto is… make a life, not just a living.