50 Athletes over 50 Teach us to Live a Strong Healthy Life

50 Athletes over 50 Teach us to Live a Strong Healthy Life

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by Don McGrath
     
 

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What does it take to continue to participate in athletic activities and sustained exercise later in life? How does it differ from managing these activities when you are in your 20’s or 30’s? Do you wonder if, or when, you have to give up your physical activities? You will be intrigued and inspired by the answers to these questions from Don McGrath’…  See more details below

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What does it take to continue to participate in athletic activities and sustained exercise later in life? How does it differ from managing these activities when you are in your 20’s or 30’s? Do you wonder if, or when, you have to give up your physical activities? You will be intrigued and inspired by the answers to these questions from Don McGrath’s book about 50 interviews of athletic people over 50 years old. True stories from his spectacular interviewees will inspire you like no others. Many of McGrath’s subjects never imagined that they would be role models for exercise and good health. Still, by applying a common set of characteristics, they have broken remarkable mental and physical barriers to succeed. Peek into the lives of Linda Quirk who ran seven marathons on seven continents at age 55, and in 2010 plans to run across four of the world’s largest deserts; Sandy Scott, 69, who broke a vertebrae at age 65 and four years later won a state cycling 20k championship; or 75-year-old veteran tap dance Gene GeBauer. With U.S. health concerns at the forefront, the athlete’s way of life helps us to understand how to take responsibility for our well being. Lessons learned from these interviews can help us avoid doctors’ offices, stave off diseases, and have more joy and contentment. In his final summary, McGrath examines the behaviors and attitudes necessary for all of us to have health and satisfaction through an active life. If you want to know the secrets of those who are still going strong in athletic activities in their later years, then this is the book for you. Featuring: Barb Page, distance runner, hiker, Nordic skier Bill Hansbury, runner, cyclist Bill Purves, race walker Bob Muleskey, shot put, discus, and javelin thrower Bob Radocy, archer, weight lifter Bret Williams, pole vaulter, handball player Bruce Runnels, cyclist Carl Bamforth, distance in-line speed skater Carol Jean Vosburgh, triathlete Cheryl Ragsdale, boxer and martial artist Chris Scotto Divetta, runner Dave Dyc, outrigger canoeist Don Ardell, triathlete Don Pratt, distance runner Don Sherrill, power lifter Ed Shaw, cyclist, runner Gale Bernhardt, endurance athlete Gary Grobman, distance runner Gary Leigh, sprinter Gene GeBauer, dancer George and Louise Thornton, triathletes George Hurley, rock climber Gerard Moreno, Paralympic fencer, off-road wheelchair racer, basketball player Helen Geoffrion, triathlete Jane Welzel, distance runner Jean Aschenbrenner, rock climber Jerry Smartt, distance runner Jim Broun, hurdler Jim Morton, runner Katy Okuyama, surfer Kim Williams, sprinter, high-jumper Linda Quirk, distance runner Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympic runner, golfer, tennis player, skater, skier, bowler Maria Riquet, bodybuilder Myrna Haag, triathlete R.S. and Melody Mitchell, martial artists Rich Davis, triathlete Richard Stiller, runner Robbi Young, triathlete Russ Clune, rock climber Sandy Scott, cyclist Scott Graham, distance runner, triathlete, snowshoe racer Sid Howard, middle-distance runner Stephen Black, triathlete Susan Henderson, distance runner Suzy Devers, in-line and ice skater Terry Peterson, mountain unicyclist Ward Smith, surfer Weia Reinboud, high jumper, javelin thrower

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Editorial Reviews

Online - Triathlete’s Training Bible - Joe Friel
“As an aging athlete I find “50 Athletes Over 50” to be both motivating and informational. I highly recommend it.”
Prevention magazine - Jessica Cassity
“In his book, Don has found some of the most inspiring athletes around. The athletic feats many achieve are hard for most people half their age to match, but this book proves that it’s possible, and fun, to keep going strong at any age.”
A Bookcase for Every Child - Jim Davidson
This is a great book for anyone who would like to see the countless possibilities of either continuing a sport, either in competition or just to maintain fitness, and what it can do for you personally. The advice is simple. Consult your doctor, and if you want to lead a long and healthy life, get involved and stay involved in some type of regular exercise program. This book will show you and teach you why this is important.
Joe Friel
“As an aging athlete I find “50 Athletes Over 50” to be both motivating and informational. I highly recommend it.”
Jessica Cassity
“In his book, Don has found some of the most inspiring athletes around. The athletic feats many achieve are hard for most people half their age to match, but this book proves that it’s possible, and fun, to keep going strong at any age.”
Jim Davidson
This is a great book for anyone who would like to see the countless possibilities of either continuing a sport, either in competition or just to maintain fitness, and what it can do for you personally. The advice is simple. Consult your doctor, and if you want to lead a long and healthy life, get involved and stay involved in some type of regular exercise program. This book will show you and teach you why this is important.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011811722
Publisher:
Wise Media Group
Publication date:
10/06/2010
Series:
50 Interviews , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Don’s personal background is that of a lifelong athlete. He competed in long-distance and middle distance running throughout high school and college, and achieved some success, running 4:14 for the mile, 9:04 for the 3000m steeplechase, and 30:59 for 10Km. In that period of life, he learned the importance of consistent training and conditioning, as well as how to lead people. Now later in life, quickly approaching 50, Don’s current obsession is rock climbing. Don’s professional background is as an electrical engineer. He has a B.S.E.E. from Rochester Institute of Technology, M.S.E.E. from Purdue University, and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is currently an Engineering Director at a high tech company, and has the ongoing challenge of balancing his sport, career, and personal interests. He is also a trained personal coach. Learn more about Don through his blog at www.50athletesover50.com. Once there, you will find an ever-expanding resource of stories and lessons to maintain a strong, healthy and active life. Video, audio, and more pictures have been posted. The following is reprint of the popular post on the site.

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