Rejuvenaging with Dr. Ron Kaiser


Bigotry Stunts Your Growth

Ep. 48
With the rise of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and the growing concerns over systemic racism across the United States, I felt it necessary to bring attention to this conversation.In today’s episode, I discuss why being inclusive and connected as a society is an essential part to furthering our growth as humans, the effect that the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement has had on me personally, as well as how we can challenge ourselves to be better allies towards minority groups and actively work to stand up for those in need.It is our responsibility as people to support each other and call out prejudice behaviours when and where they unfold. For us to grow and band together effectively, we must all understand a common goal and overcome these deplorable actions so that future generations won’t have to endure the same heartaches.To hear more, tune in to Episode 48 of Rejuvenaging!In This Episode, You Will Learn:A brief introduction on myself and what this podcast aims to achieve (0:19)My personal concerns on the state of how we communicate right now (2:12)How segregation is still present within the United States today (3:09)The emergence of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement & Why we should be actively working to be anti racist (3:53)The reason many people in my generation grew up with racist mentalities surrounding People of Colour (6:02)How we can reflect on our own behaviour and ask ourselves what we can do to be better allies to minority groups (7:47)The importance behind us acting human (8:46)Why excluding others diminishes our capacity and potential as people (10:04)The ideologies expressed in Positive Psychology (10:29)Let’s Connect!The Mental Health Gym - FacebookThe Mental Health Gym - WebsiteEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comResources:Book: ‘Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older With Enthusiasm’ Author, Dr. Ron Kaiser

The Art of Consciously Choosing Positivity Every Single Day

Ep. 47
Making the conscious act of choosing positivism over negativity in our daily lives helps our subconscious achieve anything we set our minds to.Our goals are not reached by one big future success, but through a buildup of small present successes that help us achieve our dreams. It is a process that takes time but that has no space for negativity within it. It requires vibrance and motion directed to our present actions in order to help us move forward to the next chapter in our lives.Anyone can achieve amazing things with faith, focus, and dedication. Today, I am excited to introduce my guest, John Davis, a real-life action hero who teaches people that it is ordinary individuals, not luck nor magic, who create extraordinary results. As a man of many talents, his passion has driven him to inspire others through his motivational speaking, coaching, teaching, and writing.John is a stuntman, fight director, artistic director, comedian, professor, and executive. He is a man of many talents who knows how to engage individuals and unite teams within, and sometimes outside of the corporate world. He toured as a comedian on six USO Tours around Iraq and Afghanistan and learned through that experience that it was his calling to help others reach their potentials. John’s motivational talks inspire his audiences to take immediate action through the use of humor, audience engagement and interaction, and physical demonstrations. Having studied the neuroscience of performance, John’s talks directly influence individuals into achieving success in every sphere of their lives.Listen to Episode 47 of Rejuvenaging, to learn more about how you can consciously bring more positivity into your life, and achieve anything that you set your mind to.Some questions I ask:How did you become the person you are today? (02:39)What does a workday look like for you? (16:45)What advice would you give to those who are insecure about their jobs? (18:23)How can we be enthusiastic and productive? (22:31)In this episode, you will learn:John’s background story. (01:18)How John turned out to become ‘’the corporate action hero’’ (10:08)John’s core message as a motivational speaker. (12:19)John’s advice on dealing with COVID-19 uncertainty effects (18:54)Connect with John:WebsiteYoutubeUseful Rejuvenaging Resources:Website: Dr. Ron Kaiser - Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

Understanding Publishing in Today’s World

Ep. 46
Publishing, as an industry, has evolved massively in the last couple of decades, and with the development of technology, almost everyone can be a published author in today’s world.But having your book published, even if through self-publishing methods, requires an understanding of the publishing world and its standards, especially while the publishing industry continues to undergo immense change.Today, I am thoroughly excited to introduce the CEO of Dudley Court Press Publishing, and a published author herself, Gail Woodard. She is a passionate and creative entrepreneurial woman who is committed to helping publish meaningful books, and who is joining us to discuss the intricacies of the publishing industry and what it takes to be a successful published author.Gail is a leading advocate for profitable, strategic book publishing with an extended focus on marketing and book sales. She is committed to giving her clients the guidance and support they need to create and publish their goal project. Grounded in authenticity, confidence, and clarity, Gail puts her clients first and makes sure their ideas flow from their minds into a successfully published book. She is personally involved with every project that comes her company’s way and focuses on publishing impactful books to help interesting authors change the world through the words they write.Listen to Episode 46 of Rejuvenaging, to learn the practical steps you need to make in order to get yourself published.Some questions I ask:What does hybrid publishing mean? (03:01)What does an author come to you with? Is it a draft of a manuscript? Is it something that’s been edited by somebody? Is it an idea and then you give them the ‘okay’? (07:03)Do you find that books can be better if somebody is writing about their passion, or is it a matter of being technically a good writer that makes the book good? (11:37)Are agents still part of the picture in today’s publishing world? (12:46)Now, with COVID, since people have more time on their hands, are you finding more people are interested in following through with writing books? (31:34)What advice do you have for somebody who has an idea, who’s pretty intelligent, did well academically, and could probably write a book if they got down to it? (32:59)In this episode you will learn:The difference between traditional, self, and hybrid publishing (03:17)How did Gail get to be who she is today (13:30)The seven rules and practices of life (22:20)Some advice for people who want to start writing a book (32:59)Why it’s essential to also have your book as an e-book. (38:34)Connect with Gail:WebsiteLinkedInGail’s BooksUseful Rejuvenaging Resources:Website: Dr. Ron Kaiser - Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

How to Minimize Stress During the Pandemic

Ep. 45
There are two types of stress: real and perceived. Back in the ancient times, the first category was predominant, but as we evolved, the balance started to turn the other way, and now, most of our stress is usually perceived - and we can take countless actions toward reducing it.But what can we do when we’re witnessing a pandemic that’s creating both a real threat and a perceived one? How can we handle this type of stress because a lot of what we used to know, is now gone?In today’s episode, my amazing guest, Kathy, talks about the most important aspect of minimizing the current stress we all experience, which is, as simple as it may sound, staying present. She gives us practical advice on how to stay present when ‘worry’ is on everyone’s lips, and she shares numerous pearls of wisdom with regard to what’s available to us, from the inside of our homes.Dr. Kathy Gruver is an internationally recognized speaker and motivational powerhouse. She speaks on topics such as transforming your corporate and organizational culture, enhancing communication, creating true leadership with practical presence, decreasing stress, personal and professional growth, and building a powerful team. Kathy helped develop a stress reduction program for the US military and has studied mind/body medicine at the famed Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Harvard. She is an award-winning author, health practitioner, Ph.D., and two-time TEDx speaker and she’s also the host of the national TV series, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet.As you can see, she wears many hats – and you’ll find out even more about her and what she does by listening to Episode 45 of Rejuvenaging. Tune into this week’s discussion, to learn some practical ways to deal with the stress created by the current situation with the COVID pandemic.Some questions I ask:Tell us a little bit about your journey to being Dr. Kathy Gruver. (04:02)What does a typical day look like for you? What do you do on a regular basis? (05:40)What does ‘managing stress’ mean? And from a practical standpoint, is a certain amount of stress a good thing, or is it something to be avoided? (11:16)How do you balance your high activity level with your mindfulness practice? (16:07)How can we learn about the mind/body connection and how can we maximize being the best version of ourselves? (19:15)Is there anything specific that older people can do to increasingly be a better version of themselves? (25:49)In this episode, you will learn:Why the stress induced by the COVID situation is different than any other type of stress. (07:45)How Kathy is coping with staying inside the house, due to the pandemic lockdown. (08:53)Kathy’s advice on how should people handle both the ambiguity of the current situation, as well as the limitations imposed by it. (10:05)The importance of having respect for what other people deem as stressful. (13:42)How to work on staying present in the moment. (15:02)The benefits of meditation. (18:13)Practical advice from Kathy on how to take care of your body & mind. (23:06)Connect with Kathy:Website – SpeakingWebsite – CoachingLinkedInFacebook PageInstagramTwitterTEDx Talk: Trapeze, Travel, and Pink Slips. Little Lessons for a Bigger LifeTEDx Talk: Presence, Mindset, and Consciously Creating Your FutureUseful Rejuvenaging Resources:Website: Dr. Ron Kaiser - Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

Movement is a Lifestyle, Not Just an Activity

Ep. 44
Maintaining an active lifestyle is crucial when it comes to our wellbeing. Exercise and movement can better equip us to deal with everyday stress, and, as we all know, it can strengthen our immune system and prepares it to withstand diseases.In today’s episode, I have a very special guest, in terms of his orientation, direction, and guidance in an area that many of us don’t think about enough. Dr. Ben is an exercise physiologist, personal trainer, and podcaster, who promotes the ethos that movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity because movement is a part of what makes our life complete. He shares some insights into why we, as a nation, don’t put too much emphasis on exercise, what we can do to encourage our kids to embrace a healthy lifestyle, and, of course, what people in the second half of their lives can do to enjoy a high-quality life.Dr. Ben Reuter is a faculty member at California University of Pennsylvania. As an exercise physiologist, he holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). He has interests in injury prevention/performance enhancement for endurance athletes and using movement to enhance the quality of life.Listen to Episode 44 of Rejuvenaging, to learn some suggestions as to how to keep moving at a time when we’re encouraged to stay home, and all the benefits that movement entails.Questions I ask:What does movement mean? And when you encourage somebody to use movement as a lifestyle, what does that look like? (08:59)Are there some hints that you can give to the motivated parent who wants to raise a motivated moving child? (16:48)Do you have any special advice for people who are staying at home without the possibility of going to a gym or in the park to exercise? (20:58)What are the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle versus not doing so? (26:11)How can people self-encourage themselves to keep going until they reap the rewards of exercising? (40:16)What are people going to hear about if they tune into your podcasts? (45:31)In this episode, you will learn:Ben’s connection to sports in childhood. (03:38)What an exercise physiologist is. (05:16)Our relationship with food, as a nation. (12:29)The connection between overemphasizing competition in team sports and the tendency of children to become inactive in terms of exercising. (14:11)Movement tips for people in the second half of life. (28:49)The importance of having human support when you’re trying to change your lifestyle. (37:30)Connect with Ben:Moving2Live PodcastFitLabPGH PodcastTwitterUseful Rejuvenaging Resources:Website: Dr. Ron Kaiser - Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

Pride Leadership: How to Build an Inclusive Culture

Ep. 43
Back in the day, you could hardly hear about any kind of minority leadership, whether we’re talking about black people, women, or individuals from the LGBTQ+ community. But, as more companies and institutions started to focus on diversity and inclusion, more people began to have the courage to step up, be authentic, and prove what they’re capable of.The LGBTQ+ community, through their common experiences, have had the opportunity to develop skills such as leveraging empathy, being courageous, and being authentic, which are some of the most sought-after leadership competencies in the workplace today.In this episode, Steve and I discuss how the leadership environment has evolved throughout time to a more inclusive one, what the future holds for LGBTQ+ leaders and how they can leverage their skills to climb the organization ladder. Steve also encourages straight people to become allies for the minorities in their teams, and shares some actionable takeaways on how we can start doing that.Steve Yacovelli is the Owner and Principal of TopDog Learning Group – a company that provides guidance and solutions in change management –and has over 25 years of experience as a leadership, change management, and diversity & inclusion consultant. His book, “Pride Leadership” is one of the first to focus on developing leadership talent specifically for the LGBTQ+ Community.Listen to Episode 43 of Rejuvenaging, to learn how you can contribute to creating a more inclusive environment, where everyone can be authentic and use their particular skills to build a thriving culture.Questions I ask:What is TopDog Learning Group and how did it come about? (02:18)What do you do that’s different than others and makes you so good at what you do? (04:27)What’s different about LGBTQ+ leadership as opposed to leadership in general? (10:24)Is there a set of experiences that is unique to the gay community? (12:02)Are you optimistic that we’re going to see greater acceptance in the future? (22:39)Can you give us a short course on each of your books and why somebody may be interested in reading them? (28:38)In this episode, you will learn:How Steve is helping his clients to adapt to the new virtual world. (05:36)Steve’s expertise in the diversity inclusion area & the reason he wrote the book “Pride Leadership”. (08:51)The six areas to focus on, to become a leadership rockstar. (11:17)How having the courage to share your authentic self at your workplace helps you be more effective. (16:13)The importance of being an ally to the minorities that are part of your team. (17:42)Six ways you can combat silent collusion in the workplace. (26:49)The meaning of ‘knowledge transfer’ and how can people in the older age range can apply it. (31:17)Connect with Steve:WebsiteLinkedInFacebook PageTwitterBook: Steve Yacovelli – Pride Leadership: Strategies for the LGBTQ+ Leader to be the King or Queen of Their JungleUseful Rejuvenaging Resources:Website: Dr. Ron Kaiser - Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

Debunking Myths Around Hypnosis

Ep. 42
Hypnosis often gets a bad rep among different kinds of individuals, and there are several stereotypes around it that fuel people’s fears around trying it to help themselves win the battle over some of their habits or traumas. Some may say it’s demonic, it’s evil, it’s part of the Black Arts, and if you go to a hypnotherapist, they will control you and make you feel powerless.The truth is, when you’re in a hypnotic state, you’re actually more in control than you are right now, in a normal, regular environmental state of mind.In today’s episode, I had the pleasure to have Kevin joining me, to share with us what a hypnotherapist does and what are the applications of hypnosis. His mission is to help people help themselves and change anything they want in their life. He debunks some myths around hypnosis and shares valuable information on how it really works and what we can do to make it efficient.Kevin Stone is a Master Hypnotist and a Board-Certified Hypnotherapist. He is recognized as the #1 global expert and authority on hypnosis and his techniques are sought-after by world and business leaders, top athletes, celebrities, and helps hundreds of people daily to improve their lifestyles for the better. He travels worldwide presenting the funniest full-audience participation live comedy stage hypnosis show, seminars, and lectures in America today, and offers top-notch quality, value, and showmanship in education and entertainment.Listen to Episode 42 of Rejuvenaging, and learn more about Kevin’s techniques, whom has he been able to help through hypnotherapy, and why it’s better to use hypnosis instead of taking different chemical products to get rid of bad habits. You’ll hear many more interesting topics that will definitely change your perception around this natural modality that can help you change your life.Questions I ask:How did you get to be who you are today and how does somebody decide to be a hypnotist? (04:24)What are some of the things that people come to you for help with? (08:21)There are different kinds of options to try to quit smoking. How does somebody know whether to just buy the gum or the patch, or come see you? (13:37)Does hypnosis have lasting effects or is there a need for recurrent sessions? (21:09)Have there been any strange or unusual cases that you can share with us? (23:33)Are people in the older age ranges as likely as the younger generation to make positive changes? (33:36)In this episode, you will learn:How Kevin used self-hypnosis to change a lifetime habit of his. (06:30)The recommended frequency of going to hypnotherapy when people want to break a habit. (09:43)How Kevin’s hypnosis techniques helped a 40-year-old smoker quit his harmful habit. (10:29)What hypnosis is & how the advertising industry uses it. (14:54)The stereotypes around hypnosis and some myths around it. (17:25)How Kevin combines comedy & hypnosis and uses them congruently. (26:58)What Kevin does to help athletes and celebrities overcome their fears. (30:48)The reason why Kevin decided to do virtual hypnotherapy 20 years ago and pioneered it when everybody thought that couldn’t be done. (40:54)A great gift that Kevin has for all the regular listeners of Rejuvenaging. (46:02)Connect with Kevin:WebsiteLinkedInFacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube ChannelUseful Rejuvenaging Resources:Website: Dr. Ron Kaiser - Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

Marie Zoutomou-Quintanilla - There is Always a Better Tomorrow

Ep. 41
Maintaining a positive mindset in times of adversity can seem impossible to some, especially when they feel their life is slipping through their fingers. But having faith and believing that all the hard lessons have a scope and a meaning, and visualizing what’s on the other side of the struggle can really help with overcoming almost anything.Today, I have a real hero with me, Marie Zoutomou-Quintanilla – a cancer survivor that has become a blessing to others. We discuss how she managed to win her fight against disease, what she’s doing now to help others that go through similar experiences, and the importance of choosing self-care first and foremost.Marie is the epitome of perseverance and determination. As a teenager, she moved to the US from West Africa - unable to speak, read, or write in English. She dabbled in entrepreneurship as a teenager by selling cookies she baked herself, and eventually, she enrolled at the University of Phoenix, ready to pursue the dream of owning her own business.Marie turned adversity into action when, at the age of 31, she received the unexpected news of having Stage Three Breast Cancer. She had a difficult time accepting the diagnosis, especially because she knew she had led a healthy lifestyle, and the cancer was not genetic, but that didn’t stop her to keep pursuing her dreams.According to her, God gave her another chance to life, and now, years later, she’s a tremendous motivational speaker, a volunteer – raising money every day for different cancer projects – and most important to her, she’s a mother of a healthy three-year-old girl. As another way of giving to others, Marie wrote the book “You Are Being Tested” in the hope that people dealing with cancer can be motivated to not throw their gloves, yet.Listen to Episode 41 of Rejuvenaging, to find out more about how her positive mindset, her fierce determination, and commitment to her goals have helped Marie become a real inspiration for anyone, regardless of what they’re going through.Questions I ask:Why did you move from West Africa to the US, as a teenager? (04:57)Where did the interest in business come from, at such an early age? (05:56)How did you use positivity to deal with cancer and to become resilient as you did? (06:43)What about the author part of you? What have you written? (17:14)In this episode, you will learn:The four tools that can help you in any area of your life. (09:31)The importance of self-care. (11:17)Marie’s morning routine. (13:34)Free programs and resources for people fighting with cancer or for their caregivers. (15:38)The ways through which Marie teaches children how to build their self-esteem, self-love, and their self-confidence. (20:12)How Marie used a vision board to keep herself positive and optimistic while she was dealing with cancer. (23:35)Marie’s gift for the devoted listeners of the Rejuvenaging Podcast. (29:22)Connect with Marie:WebsiteYoutube ChannelFacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedInThe American Cancer SocietyBook: Marie C. Zoutomou – You Are Being Tested: Do Not WorryChildren’s book: Marie C. Zoutomou – I Will Not Be Bullied, I Will Not Bully OthersUseful Rejuvenaging Resources:Website: Dr. Ron Kaiser - Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place

Prevention is Always The Better Way

Ep. 40
Most often than not, as a species, we tend to react to crises rather than prevent them. For example, think of the pandemic that we’re going through. This was definitely something that we didn’t prepare for. Of course, like in any other situation, we found ways to deal with it and we’re still making progress in terms of coming up with solutions to keep everyone safe. But imagine how easier it would have been for all of us if the hospital personal had better protective equipment or the necessary medical equipment right from the get-go!This is just one example that proves the impact prevention could have on our lives and on our safety. There are countless social situations where taking precautions would avoid potential damages – and this is true for our personal lives too.We all know that we’re going to age and our bodies will need more help from us to keep running, so why not prepare for it when we’re still young? Why not bring a body into the older age ranges that is not overweight and that does not develop bad habits with respect to excessive alcohol use or smoking but instead benefits from exercise, adequate sleep, or healthier food.Listen to Episode 40 of Rejuvenaging, to learn that we can take action right now to create a better, healthier, and happier second-half of our life. I discuss the importance of asking ourselves a very key question that will help us prevent the crises that may occur when we’re older, rather than react to them when it may be too late.Useful Rejuvenaging Resources:Website: Dr. Ron Kaiser - Rejuvenaging: The Art and Science of Growing Older with EnthusiasmEmail: ron.kaiser@thementalhealthgym.comTEDx Talk: Aging Enthusiastically to Make the World a Better Place