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Say Yes To New Challenges At Any Age

Gail Gensler Images December 2022

Pro-Aging Fitness Kuel Thought Leader: Gail Gensler

I love a good challenge. I love the thrill of chasing something down, making progress little by little as I move towards that finish line.

New Challenges:

Once the challenge is complete, it’s onto the next one. A new mountain to scale. This way of living is part of what keeps me feeling vibrant and energized in my 60s. I pursue new and interesting challenges as often as possible. 

“The path of least resistance is the right one. The comfort zone mentality sets in.”

For many, however, this is not their mindset. I have encountered so many people, especially in midlife and beyond, who don’t look at life through this lens. It seems like, when they get to be a certain age, people tend to commit to a life of minimal struggle. No new challenges. The path of least resistance is the right one. The comfort zone mentality sets in. 

This doesn’t really make sense to me, and as a pro-aging lifestyle influencer and model, this is the kind of mentality I am trying to change, the legacy I want to leave. That’s MY challenge.

Feed Your Curiosity:

Remember when you were a kid and you came across something new and exciting? Odds are, you didn’t worry about the potential repercussions or every single negative outcome that could come out of a situation. You probably just went for it head-on, eager for an adventure. That’s the kind of attitude people tend to lose. That innate sense of curiosity about the world.

I’m certainly not saying to be reckless. But I am saying to embrace your curiosity. This applies to trying new cultures, new workout routines, new eating protocols, and anything else that you’re unfamiliar with, but that you know might pay dividends for you once you’ve tried it.

Exercise Routine:

How do you know your favorite travel destination that will expand your personal growth isn’t just sitting out there, waiting for you to visit? How do you know you won’t instantly fall in love with boxing, spinning, yoga, Pilates, or any other exercise routine you’ve never tried before? Are you sure your current nutritional program is the best one for you, and that a different one won’t make you feel 10X better? 

All of these new concepts are stimulating for the mind and body, for you are diving headfirst into the unknown. As I always say, “What’s the worst that can happen?” You don’t love it. So? It wasn’t enjoyable, so don’t do it again! 

This is the kind of thing that keeps you intentionally engaged in life 

“Society tells us that, by that point in your life, you should have it figured out and you deserve to rest and relax.”

Familiar Culprit:

As usual, negative aging stereotypes are the main culprit behind people in midlife and beyond not taking on new challenges. Society tells us that, by that point in your life, you should have it figured out and you deserve to rest and relax.

You know what you like, you know what you don’t like, and that’s all there is to it. Hell, they even gave the concept of tackling new challenges or adventures at this age a negative name: the “midlife crisis.” Who’s to say a 50- or 60-something-year-old person hasn’t decided against trying something new for fear of it being labeled a “midlife crisis?” 

Massive Undertaking:

That’s what keeps me, Gail Gensler, charging along on my journey. Changing the narrative about aging through fashion, fitness, and lifestyle influencing is a MASSIVE undertaking. So massive that, admittedly, there’s a chance I won’t live to see the day when those my age are treated like the capable, vibrant people we are.

Yet I keep on pushing the boulder up the hill, little by little, every day. This challenge, along with the smaller ones I set for myself, is what keeps me curious, active, determined, and evolving as a person. A 61-year-old should be a finished product in this life? Hardly.

Find that thing you’ve always wanted to try and pursue it with every ounce of effort you have. Win, lose, or draw, you’ll have come out of it a smarter, stronger, more stimulated, and overall better version of yourself, no matter if you’re 25 or 85. 

As Dr. Seuss said, “Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”

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Gail Gensler

About the Author:

Gail Gensler is proudly 60 years young. Her goal is to change the narrative about aging, both to a younger demographic so that they realize that there is nothing to fear about aging, but primarily to her peers, to inspire them to never take their wellness for granted and always strive to outperform your years. Gail is who she is because of fitness with her favorite workout being boxing.
She doesn’t believe in age, she believes in energy, and finding energy in activities that make her feel alive. Gail embraces a completely healthy lifestyle encompassing fitness, nutrition and supplements, sleep and a positive mindset. Want to work with Gail? Find her here! Gail lives the statement that age is truly just a number. Follow Gail on Instagram.