DISCOVER HOW ATHLETES OVER 50 LEAD EXTRAORDINARY LIVES! 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. Foreword by Olympic Cycling Gold Medalist Alexi Grewal.
|Publisher:||50 Interviews Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Don McGrath's book DREAM IT, LIVE IT, LOVE IT: BEYOND WELL, BEYOND 50 is that carrot in front of the nose manual that is sorely (!) needed. With the emphasis on youth and the job market focusing on youthful presentation, men and women at 50 and beyond can well benefit from this well written, encouraging examination of fitness. McGrath has obviously devoted a good part of his athletic life observing the spectrum of his comrades - from the energetic youths to the advanced years folks whose health and vigor an attitude towards life is profoundly influenced by exercise routines - or to put it more in keeping with this book's message, transforming the detrimental effects of gravity and cell laxity that accompany the passage of time by envisioning a healthy body and mind, finding a manner in which to raise the bar on endurance and regimentation of workouts, and loving the exhilaration that accompanies fitness of boy and mind. Old Age, be gone! The technique McGrath uses is the original performance focused model: at the center of the model is Performance and feeing into that core are Mental Fitness, Technical Skills, Nutrition, Physical Fitness, Goals and Planning, and Execution. His focus is on the joy and fun of the feeling of accomplishment that comes by transitioning from a lifestyle ruled by sedentary positions into one that incorporates the fitness goals that provide not only pleasure and heightened capacity for younger thinking patterns and physical abilities, but a giant gulp form the Fountain of Youth. Yes, there are sound examples of a well considered workout routine and these are accompanied by boxes where readers can fill in the goals and ideals and other participating notes of creating the progress to living well and loving living well. These are followed by interviews with athletes McGrath has found who have not only past records of achievement in fitness but are also in constant competition with themselves or members of their workout or running groups - informative and entertaining and inspiring tributes to messages McGrath shares throughout this book. One of the reasons this motivational physical fitness manual is so successful is McGrath's level of enthusiasm: he makes the concept of getting into shape and staying in shape an exciting dream fulfillment instead of the 'oh, but that is not for me' attitude that most books of this nature induce. He is obviously having fun, as are the athletes and ordinary people who follow this regimen, and that makes all the difference. There is available a 3 CD audio book that is immensely entertaining and educational and hopefully that will be made available soon. Grady Harp