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The Importance of Collaboration


Pro-Aging Fitness Kuel Category Expert: Gail Gensler

Female collaboration is an incredibly powerful force. This is what women in midlife can use to combat institutional ageism.

It’s how we can force advertisers to stop pigeonholing us into stereotypical, traditional ideas of mature women. But most importantly, it’s how women improve themselves, as one.

Who Are You Really Competing With?

The most successful people compete with one person and one person only: themselves. The woman in the mirror is the one you are trying to outdo day in and day out. External motivators can be useful. But they can unreliable; they’re always changing. Not you, though. You will always be you, so you will always be the best person to compete against.

Focusing on outdoing yourself is an effective way to become a better employee, athlete, mother, and friend. Competing against yourself and garnering support from your peers to do so (more on that below) are excellent ways to produce consistent, noticeable results – something I’d love to talk to you about!

“More women can succeed in whatever way makes them happy when we all join together.”

The Power Of Female Partnership In Collaboration:

Consistently staying motivated to compete against yourself is key – you have to find what encourages you to keep becoming a better version of yourself. One way is collaborating with other women!

The saying “a rising tide lifts all ships” applies here. For example, if you need help with your nutrition and another person needs help with her workout plan, this is a perfect opportunity to come together! Your workout tips and her nutrition tips can end up making both of you better versions of yourselves. No man (in this case, no woman) is an island. More women can succeed in whatever way makes them happy when we all join together.

“Let’s aim to succeed as an individual group, instead of a group of individuals.”

Plenty Of Success To Go Around:

There is plenty of room in this world for everyone to thrive and achieve success. You’re not hurting your own chances by partnering with other women. On the contrary, you’re bettering yourself at a higher rate than if you went about it alone.

You tend to learn this as you get older and your sense of self-awareness develops. Now that I’m in my midlife, it’s easier for me to not care about what others think; I may not be specifically gifted physically, but I know how to challenge myself to perform better. Everyone, including me, has their own set of talents and weaknesses, the latter of which can be strengthened with a little help from our friends (in the words of The Beatles).

As a pro-aging fitness enthusiast and lifestyle influencer, it’s my mission to break down the ageism barriers and change the narrative about aging. Let’s aim to succeed as an individual group, instead of a group of individuals. That’s where progress lies. That’s how we get to a world where women in midlife are not forced into a mold we did not choose.

And that’s where female collaboration can take us.

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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.