1. ​​Enthusiasm in Aging: A Fitness Journey with Mike Waters Dr. Ron Kaiser 46:08

In this engaging episode of “REJUVENAGING with Dr. Ron Kaiser,” we are introduced to Mike Waters, a veteran in the field of adult fitness and health promotion with over 45 years of experience doing this type of work. Mike shares his vast knowledge and insights gained from a long and fruitful career, beginning from a time when adult fitness was just emerging as a field. He talks about his early days, the influence of key figures like Dr. Ken Cooper, and his work with the YMCA and other fitness promotion activities in the Corvallis, Oregon, area.

Mike currently serves as the Director of Health Promotion for Fitness Over 50, a facility that caters to the unique fitness needs of the older adult population. He discusses the importance of creating a supportive, enjoyable, and social environment that encourages older adults to engage in physical activity. Mike emphasizes the concept of enjoying the exercise experience, suggesting that finding joy in physical activity is a key driver for maintaining a fitness routine.

Throughout the conversation, Mike offers practical advice for individuals at any stage of life looking to incorporate fitness into their daily routine. He suggests starting with activities that one enjoys and gradually increasing the intensity and duration. Mike also touches on the importance of group exercise classes for both their social and physical benefits.

The episode explores the challenges of motivating people to stay active, especially in the face of the obesity epidemic, despite the increased availability of fitness resources. Mike argues for a more holistic approach to health promotion, one that considers the individual’s entire lifestyle and not just their time in the gym.

Listeners are encouraged to reach out to Mike for more information and support in their fitness journey. The episode closes with a reminder of the ongoing presence of the pandemic and the importance of staying positive and safe.

This episode of “REJUVENAGING with Dr. Ron Kaiser” is a must-listen for anyone interested in health, fitness, and leading a life filled with enthusiasm at any age.

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Ron Kaiser, Ph.D. Psychologist, Educator, Author, Podcaster

Ron Kaiser, Ph.D., is a positive health psychologist, coach, author, podcaster, educator, consultant, and speaker. He has been in practice for more than five decades, including 25 years as Director of Psychology at the world-famous Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University. As an innovative thought leader in the field, he has developed the concepts of THE MENTAL HEALTH GYM, GOAL-ACHIEVING PSYCHOTHERAPY (GAP), THE TYPE P PERSONALITY, and REJUVENAGING®.