Pushing 60 Aside

Pushing 60 Aside

A podcast for people seeking encouragement to get and stay fit going into their senior years. Hosted by Senior Fitness Specialist — Gene Fleming (ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer)


March 19, 2023 45 min
Ever felt like you had too much stuff? Are your closets overflowing? Can you actually get your car in the garage? Do you spend a lot of time searching for things? Are you leaving a nightmarish estate for your family to sort through? THEN, this is a good listen for you. #decluttering #seniorhealth #seniorliving #retirement
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If not now, when? At what point do you realize you’d better do something more…something better…something different—that is, if you really want to have great senior years ahead of you? If I could rewind the clock, I would have started taking better care of myself when I was in my 40s, but no…I was too busy. Fortunately, I turned things around and got back to a place of health. #seniorhealth #exercise #fitness #seniorlife #health #mi...
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March 9, 2023 19 min
Here’s a brief conversation with my friend (Tim Colvard) just two days before his 95th birthday.
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March 5, 2023 41 min
Really! Are bad habits the behaviors that result in less than favorable results in our health? Why is breaking a bad habit so tough (especially where diet is concerned)?
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Join us for a talk about oral health as we age with Kathleen (my wife), a Registered Dental Hygienist with 35 years of patient care under her lab coat! This interview may answer some questions you have about your teeth, dentures, X-rays, and dental care. I’m very appreciative of her for helping with the podcast as I venture into having guest interviews. #dentalhealth #seniorhealth #fitness #healthcare
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February 18, 2023 35 min
What if you did things to keep your brain (metaphorically) running on all cylinders? What if you did things (tasks, skills, projects) that you’ve never tried before? What if you took a class?
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Sadly, we can only accommodate so many seniors in our exercise program—mostly due to lack of space, funding, and equipment. In fact, I count on a certain level of absenteeism to prevent the current classes from being overcrowded. Some seniors begin classes, but drop out due to sickness, surgeries, or family obligations. Once they drop out, it’s hard to get them started back again—and now, I may not have room for them to come back. ...
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February 4, 2023 44 min
Ahh…yes! That window of decision when we choose to be active in the pursuit of exercise…exercise that helps us stay ABLE to do life and to do it well. In this podcast I discuss this short window of decision making — AND, embracing the choices that we KNOW will help our physical, emotional, and mental health.
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January 29, 2023 52 min
Let’s think about ways to stay committed to regular exercise that really work…exercise that’s doable, repeatable, and doesn’t leave you in a disabled heap of aches and pains. Exercise that is trackable and actually does your body good should be scheduled and done like clockwork. In truth, the first entry into any type of exercise that’s new to you should be done gradually to prevent excessive soreness and injury BECAUSE the ultimat...
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January 22, 2023 55 min
No, I’m not talking about body fat (the proverbial junk in the trunk), I’m talking about reducing the clutter in our homes…you know, “STUFF” that we just don’t use or actually need — excess — duplicates — broken items — outdated things (Do I really need to keep all those DVDs and my iPhone 4 charger?). What if cleaning out drawers, cabinets, garages and workshops helps make our homes safer? What if getting rid of all the excess clu...
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January 15, 2023 52 min
In this podcast, I share the assessment method I use as a SAIL (Stay Active & Independent for Life) Instructor. As you listen, imagine yourself taking these three assessments. Featured are: TUG (Timed 8’ Up & Go), Bicep Curls in 30 seconds, and Sit-to-Stands in 30 seconds. For bicep curls, 5# for women; 8# dumbbells for men. These three assessments give us a fair evaluation of a participant’s agility/balance, upper body strength, a...
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Got a plan? Is it realistic? Does it promote your physical, mental, and spiritual health? Will the upcoming years be harder, doable, or difficult? This episode dives into the basics of doing reasonable things to stay active and healthy.
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January 1, 2023 46 min
This podcast was unplanned. Personally, I detest New Year’s Resolutions. So, let’s not create traps for lofty goals that generally end in failure. Let’s plan (instead) to take better care of ourselves in 2023 — to look at three things: Our bodies, our minds, and our spirits. (Oops! I called this year 2023 towards the end…mistakes happen, but you know what year we’re ending and which year is coming!)
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December 18, 2022 56 min
Four years ago, Pushing 60 Aside was launched with a lot of emphasis on weightloss and weight management because of my own experiences in those areas. Gradually, my emphasis turned to exercise — including both strength training AND aerobics. As I age (now mid-60s), those things are STILL important, BUT health is the most important thing for me. The key is using what I know to stay strong in body and heart for the sake of overall he...
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December 11, 2022 39 min
At this season I’m choosing to share a few of my own Christmas memories and current ones as well. I know you’ll rekindle thoughts of your own favorite shenanigans as you listen! Merry Christmas!
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December 4, 2022 55 min
I believe that games can be an important tool in maintaining your mental acuity as you age. In tonight’s podcast I talk about the role of games in my life AND all three that I play are very different. All require deep thought, some strategies, and considerable effort — BUT, they’re uniquely stimulating to my brain.
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November 6, 2022 55 min
Let’s discuss emotions! Better yet, let’s talk about our emotional states — Joy, Fear, Sadness, and even Anger. At first glance, we nod our heads in acknowledgement. We know these emotions well! But joy is not just one simple emotional condition…in fact it comes in many forms — beautiful weather, a wedding, a hug, a religious experience, a song, and countless other things. Anger, fear, and sadness come in many forms, too. So, let’s...
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October 23, 2022 56 min
Leg strength is the key to a long and enjoyable life BECAUSE once you can’t get up easily, your options fall off quickly — everyday tasks get appreciably harder. PART II is about eating the basics in view of skyrocketing grocery prices.
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October 16, 2022 42 min
Like deer in the headlights, we’re facing down aging. We WANT to age and be smart about it. However good our intentions, we sometimes lack the motivation to get started and then keep on doing the things we know will ultimately help us merge into our latter years strong enough and healthy enough to enjoy them. This idea of intentions and motivation applies to exercise and eating…the struggle comes in doing what we know we should.
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October 8, 2022 57 min
Great! You’ve made it to retirement age. What are you going to do now? The original goal was just working long enough to be able to retire. Will you travel? Garden? Fish? Golf? What is your plan? What is your purpose? Did you consider volunteering? Mentoring? Teaching classes? We ALL need to have a purpose…something beyond just passing time…something that uses some of those talents you’ve amassed over the years.
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