032: How To Get (or Stay) Fit in Retirement with Jim Owen

When Jim Owen was 70 years old, he saw himself as an old man for the first time. He was 25 pounds overweight. He suffered from chronic back issues, had two shot knees, and struggled with a frozen rotator cuff. He wasn’t happy, and he wasn’t comfortable – and when he walked into the gym, he couldn’t do a single push-up.

Jim had spent the last 35 years in the investment world. He served as a partner in and sold three firms, wrote a number of successful books including The Prudent Investor and Cowboy Ethics, and delivered 35 talks a year as an in-demand speaker for a decade. His grueling schedule doing what he loved took a clear toll on his physical health – and in retirement he didn’t want to lose what was left of his mobility.

Now, at 78, he’s in the best shape of his life. He weighs 50 pounds less than he did in high school – and can knock out three sets of 50 push-ups on command. His chronic pains have gone away, and he sees his best days as ahead of him.

Today, Jim joins the podcast to talk about his new book, Just Move, the journey he took to turn his physical health around, why exercise is the foundation of the art of aging well, and his mission to help fellow Boomers get active and live their best lives.

In this podcast interview, you’ll learn:

  • Why the secret to fitness is slow, steady progress – and why it’s important to set reasonable long and short-term goals to stay motivated.
  • The moment Jim saw himself as an old man for the first time – and the first fitness goals he set for himself.
  • The big insight from Jim’s first personal trainer that changed everything.
  • Why there’s nothing selfish about exercising for an hour a day – and how preventative care of all kinds stops you from putting a burden on your partner, your children, and your fellow citizens.
  • The motivation Jim found in wearing compression shirts when he was hugely overweight – and the effect it had on his mindset.
  • What it truly means to age well – and why your sense of purpose is so important.

Inspiring Quotes

“The truth is, nobody makes money when people are healthy.” – Jim Owen

Interview Resources

Just Move!: A New Approach to Fitness After 50
Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn From The Code Of The West
The Prudent Investor: Definitive Guide to Professional Investment Manage
Launch Your Encore: Finding Adventure and Purpose Later in Life


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