Meet Gail Gensler
Health and Well-being, Champion of Women, Fashion
I have been in the automotive industry since 1986. I am and have been the sales and service business development center manager for an automotive group for the last 21 years. My true passion is health and fitness. I am a fitness enthusiast and have owned a boxing gym and have taught group fitness classes.
I am currently building my brand to deliver inspirational and motivational posts, blogs and podcasts on embracing a healthy lifestyle at any age; and remaining vibrant and active in your 50s and beyond. I want to show my contemporaries that you don’t need to be perfect at any age to inspire others. Let others get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections. As Vince Lombardi said “perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.“
Interview with Gail
1: What does pro-aging mean to you? The most conflicting issue that I have had in mid life is losing the security of having my parents as my champions. I am divorced and currently single so the reality of not having my family as my support system is frightening. Along with now losing my greatest mentor, I am now at a point where all the elders who have loved me and supported me are gone. Unfortunately, I have not met anyone in my personal dating life who would be that for me and I that for them.
2: Firstly, what conflicting thoughts did you battle while approaching midlife and beyond? The most positive aspect of midlife has been accepting myself as I am, while still always striving to be the best version of myself; and this I accomplish through fitness and embracing a healthy lifestyle. I now realize that it’s not about perfect, it’s about effort. Being fit at 59 shows I work hard. It shows dedication, discipline, self respect, dignity, patience, work ethic and passion. These are the qualities I find to be pivotal in being successful at life. I greatly appreciate the fact that at 59 I am still performing at a tremendous level of intensity. I no longer compare myself with anyone else. I am unique and proud of my efforts and results.
3: What are the positives of midlife and beyond? The challenges of midlife are varied. I try to avoid getting in my own head about what I should have done in the past to have achieved a more secure situation in the present. Occasionally, I wonder if my standards have been too high regarding what I expect in a relationship; but I ground my thoughts in knowing that I would rather be alone than living my life compromised.
There are areas of my life where I have had tremendous success such as in my career. I have been blessed to have been mentored by legends in my industry and have earned the respect of my peers. Thanks to my boss, I have had the opportunity to be part of an elite group trained by a prestigious company in my area of the automotive industry. My career has allowed me to live a tremendous life, have a beautiful apartment, travel extensively, have beautiful things and give my daughter a secure environment to grow up in.
Additionally I was a group fitness instructor and owned a boxing gym in 2008 – 2009. I am saddened by the fact that I was unable to turn my passion of fitness into a sustainable business as the recession of 2008 hit and I was unable to reach my goals .
This has fueled my drive to try again, to fuse my core competencies in business and those with my passion for fitness, and bring the message of embracing a healthy lifestyle at any age.
Additionally, one of the challenges of midlife is accepting the fact that my body and face, in spite of all the hard work I put in, will show visible signs of aging. I am fortunate to have a great plastic surgeon and dermatologist who help me in my endeavor to maintain a fresh appearance.
4: What are the challenges? To overcome the challenges, I continue to reinforce my naturally positive outlook on life, by reading positive articles and posts as well as surrounding myself with positive people. I have said goodbye to people who no longer support the woman I’ve become and don’t support the journey I am on. I pursue experiences that I enjoy and continue to have fun!
To overcome the natural course of physical aging, I utilize all resources that are available to me; including my plastic surgeon, dermatologist, a good skin care routine, a well-thought-out supplement routine that addresses my personal issues and overall health. I get 8 hours of sleep each night and always stay hydrated. Of course loads and loads of workouts!
5: What strategies do you use to overcome the challenges? I would tell my younger self not to compare myself to anyone else. It’s your own journey. Do what makes your soul shine and don’t compromise that just to have companionship. Trust your instincts. When something doesn’t feel right, it’s important to heed those internal messages. Always be kind and work hard not to judge. Everyone has their personal struggles- just like you!
6: What words of wisdom would you have for the younger generations or your younger self? As I have gotten older, I have realized that it’s about quality and not quantity. There are many friends I have left behind as they were no longer enhancing my life. I am blessed to have the best friend any woman could ask for as well as a few other people who love me, support me and cheer me on.
7: How important are your female friends and why? The attributes that I would want in a romantic partner would be a strong moral compass, loyalty, stability and someone with several similar interests and whose life goals, to finish the journey, are aligned with mine.
8: What attributes would you want in a romantic partner? At this stage of my life, I find my wellness journey to be the most fulfilling aspect, as well as my yearly international travel and spending time with my daughter.
9: What do you find most fulfilling at this stage of life? The greatest fears I have in midlife have to do with security and stability going forward as I only have myself to count on. I am and always have been a person who focuses on the present. I don’t believe in paying interest on worry. It only takes away the joy of the present. I work hard, do my job well, work on my personal growth and find great joy in my fitness journey and focus on that.
10: What fears do you have and what do you do to move past them? My personal style is very sporty. If I could live my life in gym clothes I would be most happy. I am most comfortable in jeans, tank tops, sweaters, boots and occasionally a body con dress. My preference is for cooler weather clothes which sadly is not realistic as I live in Miami 😞
11: Style is a reflection of who you are. What style reflects you? My life is centered around wellness, nutrition and fitness. I go to a boxing gym for a 6 AM class each day, lift weights several times a week, and on the weekends add some variety by doing high intensity training classes. Occasionally I run, spin and take full advantage of the wonderful fitness events that Miami has to offer. I challenge myself to do things out of my comfort zone just for personal growth.
I have done much research when it comes to supplements, to address my personal issues and needs for overall health, and I take them daily .
12: What place does nutrition, fitness and wellness have in your life? What do these look like for you? As far as nutrition, I have found what works for me so that I can maintain the weight and size I am comfortable with, while understanding that there must be a balance for me not to feel deprived. I have a tremendous sweet tooth, so I consciously decide what is going to make me happy and what will not be detrimental to my overall goals.
Articles by Gail
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”
Athletics is one of the biggest parts of my life. It is what I have repeatedly done for the duration of my life, and therefore, it is what I am. My passion for physical activity began in my childhood. I was an active participant in tennis, volleyball, and tetherball.