"I am pushing fifty/sixty—that is enough exercise for me” is an old joke. Mark Twain (the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemons, 1835-1910) is frequently credited, but Twain never said it.
The joke was popular in 1955 and had several versions for different ages (such as “fifty” and “sixty"). It’s not known who first said the joke.
21 March 1955, Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer, “The Breakfast Commentator” by Wes Lawrence, pg. 19, col. 3:
Exercise, though good for you,
At middle age gets rough.
When you are pushing sixty-two
That’s exercise enough.
AINTREE GOTT FUNN
24 June 1955, Edwardsville (IL) Intelligencer, pg. 7, col. 5:
When a man is pushing sixty that’s exercise enough.
28 August 1955, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), “The CerfBoard: A Good Racquet,” This Week Magazine, pg. 4, col. 3:
He put his racket back in the press and has never played since. “I’m pushing fifty-five,” he (Billy Rose, 1899-1966—ed.) decided, “and that’s all the exercise I need.”—BENNETT CERF.
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30 April 1956, Newburgh (NY) News, pg. A-8, col. 2 classified ad:
When a man Is pushing sixty that’s exercise enough.
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Cranbury: A. S. Barnes; London: Yoseloff
I am pushing sixty— that is enough exercise for me.
5 January 1986, Sunday Oregonian (Portland, OR), Parade magazine, pg. 16, col. 1:
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When you’re pushing sixty, that’s exercise enough. — Jimmy Townsend
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I’ve given up exercising — pushing fifty is enough exercise for me.
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I am pushing sixty. That is enough exercise for me.
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