Race car driving is not what many would consider for a second career. But after 18 years in customer service, Tina decided it was time to pursue a long-dormant passion that started in childhood. Pursuing something you are passionate about can be a great second career option according to career counselors.1
As she goes from customer service rep to race car driver, Tina’s nutritional needs are revving up to meet the physical demands of keeping fit. Tina was recently featured in the BOOST® Be UP For IT® video series highlighting people ready to make their second career a reality.
Keeping fit helps Tina compete and win
As told by Tina:
I grew up at the racetrack with my dad and I started going to races at the age of three. My father raced for 13 years, and he inspired me to race one day. Typically, little girls don’t think about racing.
For 18 years, I worked in customer service and then decided I wanted something different—a second career. I shared my aspirations with my husband, and we went and got a car. I was pretty nervous, but my husband said, “Let’s just go race.” I was the only female in that first race—and I won! From then on, I was hooked.
This second career is a challenge I’ve been looking for, for a long time. When you’re on the track, you can step on the gas as hard as you want…or as light as you want. You get all the stress out. Racing at age 46 means keeping fit is essential. I’m racing against much younger people, and my stamina ends if I’m not in great shape.
When people tell me I’m getting up there in age and I need to slow down, I just laugh and say, “You know what? I don’t want to slow down at 46.” And I’m not. I think I’m going to be that 74-year-old still racing.
Be up for never slowing down. Be up for a challenge. And be up for following your second-career dreams.
See Tina in action on the race course
Having the stamina to compete requires good nutrition
At any age, driving a race car calls for tremendous skill, concentration, endurance and keeping fit. According to Karen Lundgren, Medical Affairs, US Consumer Care Business for Nestlé Health Science and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), “To keep up her energy for racing, Tina’s dietary needs include mini-meals throughout the day. With 22 grams of high-quality protein plus 26 essential vitamins and minerals, BOOST Optimum™ Drink is an excellent way for Tina to help get the nutrients she needs.”
Before getting behind the wheel, make sure you’ve got the right nutrients
We can all use better nutrition to support active lifestyles as we age—even if we’re not racing cars. That’s where BOOST Optimum™ Drink can help. The 5-in-1 Advanced Nutrition formula contains a unique blend of protein, vitamins and minerals to support muscle and bone health, vision, energy and normal immune function. It provides 22 grams of protein to support muscle health, Calcium and Vitamin D to support strong bones, Vitamin A, Zinc and Riboflavin to support normal vision, B-Vitamins to help convert food to energy and antioxidants (including Vitamin C and selenium) to support normal immune function.
- Fisher, Anne. “How to launch a second career at age 50 and beyond.” Fortune, November 4, 2015. http://fortune.com/2015/11/04/second-careers/ (accessed February 9, 2018).