The Aging Athlete

Heidi Phillips

Join me, Heidi Phillips, and sometimes -my husband, Dr. David Phillips as we explore the aging journey thru various topics with aging athletes, medical professionals and other experts in their field. As aging athletes ourselves, we have a unique perspective on what happens as we age. Having been swimmers, runners and triathletes as well as on the coaching side of things, including working with beginners, and raising athletic children, we plan to cover a variety of topics from mindset to self-care and even nutrition. read less

Regenerative Medicine and Therapeutics with Orthopedist Luga Podesta, MD
16-01-2022
Regenerative Medicine and Therapeutics with Orthopedist Luga Podesta, MD
How happy I was to have found someone in SWFL (and close to me) who actually doesn't do surgeries and only works with people who are choosing NOT to have surgery.   I didn't even know regenerative therapy existed as a specialty but it's actually been around for quite awhile as you will hear.  Dr. Podesta  injected PRP (platelet rich plasma) and hyaluronic acid into my knees in November of 2021 for preventative purposes.  I've had 2 previous injections of hyaluronic acid only over the last several years (back in AZ) for lack of cartilage under my kneecaps giving me discomfort and swelling.  Dr. Podesta is a nationally recognized regenerative orthopedic and sports medicine physician specializing in the non-surgical treatment of orthopedic, musculoskeletal and sports-related injuries to the shoulder, elbow, knee, and spine, and brings with him over 3 decades of experience on and off the field. Dr. Podesta continues to be selected by his peers as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly since 2017. He is a pioneer in the field of Regenerative Medicine and Orthopedics, a growing medical subspecialty with treatments designed to stimulate the body’s innate ability to naturally repair damaged tissue and heal itself, offering hope for individuals who are unable to or do not choose to undergo surgery. Dr. Podesta serves as a team physician for Southwest Florida’s and the ECHL’s  Florida Everblades Hockey Team, and as a consultant to the Major League Baseball Umpires and World Baseball Classic. In 2008 Dr. Podesta established Podesta Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute in Thousand Oaks, California where he practiced for over 24 years. In 2015, he returned to Long Island as the director of sports medicine and regenerative orthopedics at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY. There he served as the head team physician for Suffolk College athletics and team physician and consultant to a number of Suffolk County, New York, high school athletic programs and elite sport clubs prior to relocating to Naples, Florida, as a partner and as the director of regenerative orthopedics sports medicine at Bluetail Medical Group-Naples in 2017.To contact Dr. Podesta: https://lugapodestamd.com/Dr. Luga Podesta on FB:https://www.facebook.com/LugaPodestaMD/To See if Bluetail Medical Group for Regenerative Medicine Serves Your Area:https://www.bluetailmedicalgroup.com/Bluetail Medical Group on FB:https://www.facebook.com/bluetailmedical/
Interview with Susan Saunders of The Age Well Project
21-08-2021
Interview with Susan Saunders of The Age Well Project
Susan Saunders is a health coach, author and TV producer. She's co-author of the blog and book, The Age-Well Project. She is certified as a health coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC, and holds their advanced coaching certification. Her work as a coach led her to write The Age-Well Plan, a six-week program to kick start a longer, healthier, happier life. Susan lives  in London, UK but works with clients from all over the world. Please join me as we learn more about what made Susan start the Age Well Blog and consequently co-author and then author her own book.  I always believe people who are passionate about what they do have a personal story behind it!  Learn about her biggest takeaways since beginning this journey and how we can all take control of how we age.  Do you believe you have control over how you age?  Science actually shows us that we do.   Talking with Susan was lovely and hearing her insights from across the pond shows me that there are many of us who are interested in aging well - we just have to take the information and put it to use.  The Age Well Project (learn more and subscribe):https://agewellproject.com/about/To Connect with Susan Directly:https://susansaundershealth.com/The Age Well Project- Book: https://www.amazon.com/Age-Well-Project-Longer-Healthier-Happier/dp/0349419698/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=the+age+well+project+susan+saunders&qid=1629577606&sr=8-3The Age Well Plan- Book:https://www.amazon.com/The-Age-Well-Plan/dp/0349425531/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=the+age+well+plan+susan+saunders&qid=1629577576&sr=8-2
#28 Interview with RunsmartOnline.com Founder and DPT -Steve Gonser
17-07-2021
#28 Interview with RunsmartOnline.com Founder and DPT -Steve Gonser
Steve Gonser is the founder of RunSmartonline.com (https://runsmartonline.com/ ) who's mission is to provide access to quality training and running programs that provide the foundation for a long and healthy running career.  The RunSmart online platform helps runners get back to running faster. Steve Gonser graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Daemen College, instantly applying his knowledge of human movement and functional anatomy to his passion for running.  Steve is a 6x Boston Marathon Qualifier, a 2x Ironman, including a 10:41 finish in Lake Placid and a Sub-3 hour marathoner.Steve runs 2 programs in addition to providing his online strength and training programs:  The Midfoot Project,  helping runners with proper gait and landing techniques, as well as The Kneed for Speed Program (beginning  August 1st, but you can start anytime that works for you).  This program helps runners increase their speed without having to train harder.  Get on his email list and/or join the online platform (see below) to get information on his programs as they become available.  Steve Gonsor also provides running analysis as a separate add-on program thru his online platform.I have been using RunSmartOnline for over a year to help with strength and stability with a focus on one legged exercises for foot strength and balance.  I also use the yoga for runners workouts but there are a number of strength programs with videos to follow and I love receiving tips for stretches, warm-ups and drills in my email.  *There is also a RunSmart App providing access to everything on your phone!  Click below for a 2 week trial.Check out RunSmartOnline:  https://runsmartonline.com/training-plans/I cannot recommend this program more!
#26 Dr. Ray McClanahan, Podiatrist Who Specializes in Natural and Preventative Foot Health
31-03-2021
#26 Dr. Ray McClanahan, Podiatrist Who Specializes in Natural and Preventative Foot Health
I have learned so much since finding Dr. McClanahan's website and Correct Toes®.  His website is a wealth of information and videos to help you understand that there is likely NOTHING wrong with your feet and that your problems (ranging from Bunions, Overlapping Toes, Pronation, Knee issues, Neuromas,  Achilles Tendonopathy, etc.) is from the shape of the shoes we have been wearing during our lives.  Listen in to understand what your natural foot shape is and how to regain foot and other related health problems without drugs, orthotics or surgery.Dr. McClanahan’s practice, Northwest Foot & Ankle in Portland, Oregon, allows him to care for those who find their highest joy when in motion. In his 18 years as a podiatrist, he has learned that most foot problems can be corrected by restoring natural foot function. He is also the inventor of Correct Toes®, silicone toe spacers. His professional goal is to provide quality natural foot health services with an emphasis on sports medicine, preventative and conservative options as well as education on proper footwear.Dr. McClanahan is an active runner and athlete. In 1999, he finished 14th in the U.S. National Men’s Cross-Country Championships and had a near Olympic Trials qualifying 5,000 meter mark of 13:56 in 2000. He then qualified for the World Duathlon Championships in 2001. Northwest Foot and Ankle:https://www.nwfootankle.com/Correct Toes® Spacers:   *Use Promo Code: “FreeShipCT” *This code will give listeners free shipping on Correct Toes inside of the U.S.  If there is space to specify, enter your country, state, and zip, to quote the normal price you would pay and then apply the discount code!https://www.correcttoes.com/Correct Toes on FB:https://www.facebook.com/correcttoesYouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgtX7eei9MQfEWO8ZBCjKVgTwitter:https://twitter.com/correcttoesInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/correcttoes/FB Healthy Feet Community:https://www.facebook.com/groups/HealthyFeetCommunityFB Healthy Feet Alliance:https://www.facebook.com/healthyfeetalliance
#25 Interview with Tricia Silverman, RD, LDN - Longevity, Nutrition and Aging Expert
18-03-2021
#25 Interview with Tricia Silverman, RD, LDN - Longevity, Nutrition and Aging Expert
Tricia Silverman, RD, LDN, MBA - is a registered dietitian, group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and wellness coach. She is an international virtual and live presenter, and specializes in creating and delivering exciting and engaging group wellness programs. She developed the SCW Nutrition for Active Aging Certification which she has led across the US.  She teaches Nutrition Entrepreneurship and Healthy Aging for Northeastern University, and has recently been promoted to a Faculty Lead, where she helps coordinate the Applied Nutrition Program.Tricia is the author of Amazon Bestseller Healthy Dividends: Investments in Nutrition, Movement and Healthy Habits that Pay Off  and shares with us some of her wisdom and health nuggets as well as how she works with her clients and what got her interested in this field of health and longevity.  I hope you enjoy learning about Tricia as much as I did and that you can take away some key ideas that might help you in your aging journey.  After all, we are all aging from the time we are born and we are all meant to move.  Please find below Tricia's website, a link to her book (eBook and hard copy), as well as how to follow her on social media.Tricia Silverman Wellness, LLChttps://www.triciasilverman.com/To Purchase Tricia's Book: "Healthy Dividends"  (eBook $0.99 or hard copy):https://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Dividends-Investments-Nutrition-Movement-ebook/dp/B07ZQMYSJ9FB: https://www.facebook.com/tricia.silvermanInsta:https://www.instagram.com/triciasilverman/Twitter:https://twitter.com/TriciaSilverman?lang=enLinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/tricia-silverman-rd-ldn-mba-b8757811/
#24 Interview with Holistic Cardiologist Joel Kahn, MD - National Heart Health Month
23-02-2021
#24 Interview with Holistic Cardiologist Joel Kahn, MD - National Heart Health Month
Please join me for this incredible interview with holistic cardiologist, Joel Kahn, MD.   February is the American Heart Association's -National Heart Health Month and I wanted to bring you timely information on not only preventing but reversing heart disease with America's Healthy Heart Doc.Dr. Kahn is the Founder of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity (which is known  as the most advanced heart and stroke prevention clinic in the Midwest!) and he has an interesting story about why he became a cardiologist and how he ended up working on the more holistic side of the medical profession.   He has his own podcast,  Heart Doc VIP with Dr. Joel Kahn (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/heart-doc-vip-with-dr-joel-kahn/id1268172276?mt=2 ) and  he is also an active writer and contributor for other podcasts and television/news shows.  Dr. Kahn is on staff at the Wayne State School of Medicine as a clinical professor of medicine and cardiology.Dr. Kahn is also an author of 6 books on health and prevention and reversal of heart disease which can be found on his website or on Amazon.  Please find various links below that we referred to in this episode.To Find Dr. Kahn's Podcast, Grab Your Heart Prevention Guide, and Books:https://www.drjoelkahn.com/Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity:https://www.kahnlongevitycenter.com/Social Media Links to Follow:https://twitter.com/drjkahnhttps://www.instagram.com/drjkahn/https://www.facebook.com/drjoelkahnMeal Delivery Recommendation:https://www.purplecarrot.com/Meal Plans for Plant Based Eating:https://sprinly.com/For More Great Recipes, Meal Plans and Moving to a More Plant Based Diet:https://www.forksoverknives.com/
#20 Interview with Physical Therapist Specializing in Pelvic Floor - Kimberly Bryant, DPT
27-12-2020
#20 Interview with Physical Therapist Specializing in Pelvic Floor - Kimberly Bryant, DPT
What an interesting interview with physical therapist and pelvic floor health specialist, Dr. Kimberly Bryant.  Kim’s areas of expertise include prevention and wellness, pelvic pain, low back pain, prolapse (pelvic pressure), bowel health, pain with intercourse, incontinence, painful menstrual cycles, and prenatal/postpartum care. Her goal is to empower women to take their wellness into their own hands as they discover their personal healing path.  This was not a specialty back when I had children and I think even though this is an area that is now more well known, many women still haven't heard of this or know that this is available.  Even lower back issues can be traced to pelvic issues so be sure to reach out to Kim or someone with her training to help you - no matter your age (older or younger) because many times problems happen long after having children and not necessarily immediately post-partum.   Dr. Bryant earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ in 2009. She opened her private practice, Thrive Pelvic Health and Wellness in 2017 to provide holistic rehabilitation and wellness care for women with a focus on pregnancy and postpartum support. She provides in person and tele-health treatment sessions.  When away from the office, Kim enjoys spending time with her two young boys, husband, and running out on the AZ mountain trails with friends. Website:  https://thrivepelvichealth.com/Private FB Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/440651889879639To Follow Her on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thrivepelvichealth/
#19 Interview with Human Movement Specialist and Functional Podiatrist, Dr. Emily Splichal
15-11-2020
#19 Interview with Human Movement Specialist and Functional Podiatrist, Dr. Emily Splichal
Please join me as I interview Dr. Emily Splichal who is a Functional Podiatrist (DPM), Human Movement Specialist and Global Leader in Barefoot Science and Rehabilitation.  Dr. Emily graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York, NY and also received a Master's in Human Movement (MS) from A.T. Still University in Phoenix, AZ.  Functional and regenerative medicine and the role of anti-aging science as it relates to movement longevity is where Dr. Emily's passion is focused.  Be prepared for NEW information if you are not aware of barefoot science!Dr. Emily is changing the way we look at the feet and human movement and she has created  a plethora of educational content and products for the consumer,  for fitness professionals, as well as for the podiatric field.  She has also written a best selling book - "Barefoot Strong: Unlock the Secrets to Movement Longevity."   Please find below many ways to connect with and learn from Dr. Emily.  Barefoot Strong: Unlock the Secrets to Movement Longevity:http://barefootstrong.com/The Barefoot Strong Blog:https://barefootstrongblog.com/Dr. Emily Splichal's Website:https://www.dremilysplichal.com/Dr. Emily on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC3GtL5VFexKMbC1F-tIr7gNaboso Barefoot Technology:https://www.naboso.com/Dr. Emily on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/dremilydpm/?hl=enhttps://www.instagram.com/ebfa_barefooteducation/https://www.instagram.com/naboso_technology/Dr. Emily on FB:https://www.facebook.com/dremilysplichaldpm
#18 - An interivew with Barbie Thomas of Fitness Unarmed
31-10-2020
#18 - An interivew with Barbie Thomas of Fitness Unarmed
Please join me as I interview Barbie Thomas as she shares her story of losing her arms at a very young age and how she has managed to thrive despite many obstacles.  Barbie successfully carried and raised two children and is now able to coach and mentor young children without the use of their arms.   Barbie is an avid dancer and she also stays fit by running, swimming and lifting weights.  She also trains with a personal trainer she loves.If you want to see her in action click on her website or YouTube channel (links below).Barbie also took on the world of Physique Competitions, despite being unable to do certain mandatory movements.  You will hear her story regarding this and her persistence in this episode.  She has competed multiple years, as recently as 2019 and she plans to continue competing in the new category of Wellness in 2021.   When I learned about Barbie and her story I just had to meet her and ask her to bless us with her heart, her grit and her determination.   How many of us would NOT dare to blow thru limitations because of our inner (mental) stories.  Barbie is an incredible example of resilience and I am so grateful that she was willing to meet a complete stranger in person. ;-)  She has inspired me so much and I now find myself thinking that I give up too easily!  As Barbie says - NO EXCUSES!Fitness Unarmed: (her website with incredible photos!)http://fitnessunarmed.com/Fitness Unarmed on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/FitnessUnarmedBarbie
#17 Interview with Leslee Bender - 2020 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year - on Knee Replacement!
18-10-2020
#17 Interview with Leslee Bender - 2020 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year - on Knee Replacement!
Join me as I talk with Leslee Bender, 2020 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year.  Leslee has created numerous programs in her over 30 years in the fitness industry, including The Bender Bender Method for Core Training ( & the Bender Ball!),  Barre Above, and more recently - I Am Ageless Now.  Leslee is an international trainer and a leader in the fitness industry.Leslee has a mission to help people of all ages and sizes to embrace life and age gracefully. She developed I Am Ageless Now™ as a functional training and certification program for active agers, focusing on injury prevention. One of Leslee’s greatest joys is to inspire someone to make a small change to live a happier and more productive life.Listen to her inspiring story and how she created her program, I Am Ageless Now, by taking care of her knee before surgery as well as her rehabilitation program after her total knee replacement.  Many of us as we age will experience joint issues from teaching (too many) classes, running more than we need for fitness/wellness and/or competing in endurance sports.  Leslee shares sound advice for us all - we are all aging from the time we are born!I Am Ageless Now - The Book:https://iamagelessnow.com/product/i-am-ageless-now-the-book/I Am Ageless Now Specialty Certification:https://iamagelessnow.com/Barre Above:https://www.barreabove.com/Leslee Bender's YouTube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc3MrmJJzD9fwvt5hFVmFzQThe Bender Method of Core Training:https://www.amazon.com/BENDER-BALL-Bender-Method-Training/dp/B00AU3R7EETo Contact Leslee Bender via Email:leslee@bendertraining.comTo Follow Leslee on Social:https://www.facebook.com/LesleeBenderFitness/about/https://www.instagram.com/lesleebender/?hl=en
Episode #14 with Evan Osar, internationally recognized speaker, author, and expert on assessment, corrective exercise, and functional movement.
28-08-2020
Episode #14 with Evan Osar, internationally recognized speaker, author, and expert on assessment, corrective exercise, and functional movement.
Please join me as I interview Dr. Evan Osar, international speaker/presenter, author, chiropractor and corrective movement specialist.Note:  This episode has some background noise coming from a wire connection issue but the information is still understandable.  Thank you for having grace with this episode.Dr. Osar has authored Corrective Exercise Solutions to Common Hip and Shoulder Dysfunction and Amazon #1 Best Seller, The Psoas Solution. Dr. Osar developed the Integrative Movement System™, an evidence-based approach to improving clinical outcomes and helping patients perform at their highest level. Dr. Osar is in private practice in Chicago, IL and teaches his proprietary approach to health and fitness professionals that specialize in rehabilitation and corrective exercise, medical fitness, as well as posture and movement education for the older adult population.Dr. Osar is a frequent presenter at international fitness, medical fitness, and massage conferences and is an approved CEC provider for the American Council on Exercise, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.To learn more about  Dr. Osar and see all his courses:https://iihfe.com/To sign up for his September '20 course on The Complete Knee, Hip and Foot Conditioning for the Active Aging Client:  (*can register for JUST this class)https://www.eventsquid.com/event.cfm?id=8072To Follow Evan Osar on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/iihfe/*If there are specific topics you have an interest in being covered or have a connection with someone you think I should interview - PLEASE send me a message at tri4health@mac.com.