Fab Over 40 Champion Gina De Simone on Aging With Grace and Authenticity

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An exceptional woman is confident in herself and her abilities, empowering those around her; she is a trailblazer, leading others on an enlightened path of existence. Fab Over 40 champion Gina De Simone, Psy.D., exemplifies this notion. She is a woman who embraces her own power and uses it to make a positive impact on the world around her. She is an incredible synergy between physical and mental well-being. As a licensed psychologist with a private practice focusing on children and adolescents and as a hot yoga instructor in Scottdale, AZ, she intertwines her dedication to fostering mental health with her passion for sharing the transformative gift of yoga. “Everything that’s part of my life has to be in alignment; it has to be interconnected and authentic.” In this exclusive interview, De Simone shares her views on aging, fitness and wellness of the body, mind and spirit.

What is your favorite tip to stay fabulous?

Yoga, without a doubt! It serves as the Fountain of Youth for me, physically and mentally. Beyond the physical practice, yoga grounds me in all aspects of life, from work to workouts. It’s the reason people are surprised by my age, attributing to my vitality.

How has your approach to health and wellness evolved over the years?

In my younger years, dancing shaped my physique. It was transformative. From overcoming shyness to finding my true self on stage, it’s where I came alive. My teenage years were filled with pageants, and dance was the anchor that helped me express myself. As I grew older, yoga became a holistic practice aligned with my psychology profession. Spirituality plays a crucial role; it’s the thread that ties mind, body and spirit together in my wellness journey.

How has your pageant experience shaped your outlook?

The pageant experience was eye-opening. Realizing the positive influence on others has filled me with gratitude. It’s a joy to know that unexpected connections and support can emerge from such competitions, shaping a bright future.

And you’re a runner?

Running is my therapy! I do a lot of the same runs every year. I’ll kick off my race season with the Thanksgiving Day Classic [10 miles]. Then, I typically do the Runner’s Den Scottsdale Half Marathon (but we haven’t had one in the last few years—sad face). And I run the Lost Dutchman marathon in February each year. I’ve run the New York City Marathon as well. I am proud to say that I have completed 11 full marathons and 22 half marathons—I’m fully committed to my training. Some days, I get up at 3:30 am to train—rain or shine.

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What advice would you give your younger self?

Slow down. Despite what you might think, it actually gets better. I was always in a rush, racing through high school, college and grad school. Now, I wish time would slow down.

How have your passions and habits contributed to your authentic life?

Authenticity is key. Whether it’s my passion for travel or habits I’ve cultivated, they all contribute to a genuine, aligned life. Embracing authenticity in my 40s is about cherishing what truly matters.

As far as your career goes, when did you know you wanted to work with kids?

I’ve always been motivated to help others and make a difference. Ever the ambitious one, I immediately entered a doctoral program after undergrad and got my master’s along the way. In 2012, I opened my practice with a good friend.

Your pit bull holds a special place in your heart. How has this furry companion enriched your life?

Despite facing health challenges and needing extra attention, our pit bull, Belle, is our source of joy. My partner and I have been together for 27 years, and she’s been our constant companion for 13 years, bringing immense love into our lives.

Colossal’s annual Fab Over 40 fundraiser brings together thousands of mature women to vie for the prestigious title and raise awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). This year’s competition resulted in a grant by DTCare for over $9 million to NBCF. Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, NBCF is Helping Women Now® by providing early detection, education, and support services to those affected by breast cancer.

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