“The more I looked around for what brands and advertisements were showing, I realized they were stereotyping people in my demographic, particularly women in midlife. What is this? Right then and there, I had clarity of my vision. I’m going to be that woman on that commercial.” — Gail Gensler
IN THIS EPISODE:
- Gail Gensler’s pro-aging stance and philosophy
- Why and how she prioritizes fitness and a healthy lifestyle
- The legacy that she wants to leave behind
- How we too can embrace fitness in our midlife — even if we’ve never been “athletic”
ABOUT MY GUEST:
Gail Gensler is a 60-year old pro-aging fitness enthusiast living in Miami. Gail’s goal is to change the narrative about aging through fitness and a healthy lifestyle and to inspire younger generations to not fear the years.
In this episode, we talk about her pro-aging stance, how she stays fit physically and mentally, and the message she wants all of us to hear about what we can do as we get older.
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CONVERSATION:
My new mantra, now that I’ve turned 60 in January, it’s 60, so what? I don’t care what’s going on around me. It’s not about what’s going on around me. This is my journey. And as far as I know, I get one journey.I want to extract every bit of enjoyment that I can and keep myself as healthy as I can.
About two years ago, I saw a commercial. We have these over-55 living communities here in Florida and I saw people being represented that were supposed to be in that demographic. They were walking or golfing or playing tennis, and that’s great. But I said, wait a second. I’m 58 and where is that person boxing like I do every day or lifting weights. And I don’t seem to see myself represented. And the more I looked around for what brands were showing and advertisements were showing, I realized that they were stereotyping people in my demographic, particularly women in midlife. And I had to step back and say, wait a second, what is this? And right then and there, I had clarity of my vision and I said, I’m going to be that woman on that commercial.
In gym advertisements, you do see perfect bodies, perfect everything, what society’s definition of perfect is. But who cares? Why would you let that deter you from doing something that is for your benefit for your health, for your enjoyment?
I want younger generations not to fear the years. I don’t want them to go, “Oh my God, I’m getting older.” I want them to go, “Oh my God, look at Gail. She’s 60 and she’s kicking my butt in the gym.” And then I also want my peers to look at me and say, “well, if she can do it, so can I.”
I’m logical enough to know that life is not always filled with roses. There are things that happen and it’s part of the journey. Losing one’s parents, having to deal with wrapping up a person’s life at the end of their life. These are things that you deal with naturally as part of the journey. But I look back and I say, how blessed am I to have had my parents in my life till I was 58 years old? I’m blessed. So I reframe things and don’t want to look at them from a negative point of view.