'Maturity is a beautiful thing'
Editor's note: Every month in 4you PRIMETIME, we'll talk to local personalities and get their thoughts on aging — and their best tips for aging well. Gayle Sierens Martin, 58 News Channel 8 anchor What's the hardest part of aging? Seeing myself everyday in HD!!What's the best part of aging? Knowing so much more about life. Any secrets for looking so good? Be specific. (If you know of some miracle cream or super food, we all want to know!) I don't think there is a miracle cream or food, but I do think we wear our attitude on our face. Being positive and living a grateful life gives you a look of "contentment," which to me is the best look you can sport! Is it difficult to watch yourself age so publicly? I'm not sure it's the "publicly" part, but because of my job I'm sure I am "exposed" to myself more than most. I do know I saw myself on a promo the other day and I thought, "When did I get jowls?" Haha. How do you react when you see old clips of yourself? Well, even as a young woman, I never exactly saw myself as a looker, so when I see those old clips, I generally just think I looked so much younger, and fresher. Has your job gotten easier or harder as time goes on? Definitely easier. Maturity is a beautiful thing! If you could go back to any age, what would it be and why? It would probably be 10 years ago, when all my kids were home and life was so full and crazy … and it was before my mother had Alzheimer's. Among those 55 and older, who inspires you? My husband. No one worries less and lives life more than him. Are you making plans for retirement? Any idea what you'll do? Are you looking forward to it, or do you want to work until you're 100? I haven't made any "real" plans for retirement. Truthfully, I'm completely perplexed about when to do it. I want to play more golf, plant more flowers and travel more, but the idea of not working in the news business just doesn't sit well right now. No one gets to be on the news until they're 100, but I think I still have a few good years left in me. What kind of workout and diet do you use to stay in such great shape? How have you adjusted your workout as you've gotten older? I'm better at eating right than exercising. I'm a pretty healthy eater, but if I'm really craving something, I just eat it and get it out of my system. When I do exercise, I either walk or swim. I golf once or twice a week, and when you score like I do … that's a lot of exercise! If you could go back and give young Gayle Sierens some advice, what would it be? I think I would tell her to stop worrying so much … it just makes you old before your time.