50 Athletes Over 50: Teach Us to Live a Strong, Healthy Life

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Brian Schwartz, Feb 22, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 238 pages
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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.

 

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Think you're to old to have an active life after 50? Think again! The 50 athletes in this book will show how untrue that is. This book is full of helpful information, inspiration and hope to those ... Read full review

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Contents

The PerformancetoLifestyle Transition
9
Do It Exercises PerformancetoLifestyle
38
Do It Exercises Dream It
70
Love It
75
Do It Exercises Love It
100
Do It Exercises Live It
128
Tennis Player Skater Skier Bowler
143
Do It Exercises Give It
154
The Experts Weigh In
161
How Fast Do We Age?
177
The Crew
187
The Road Forward
211
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About the author (2010)

Don McGrath is a leading advocate for those who want to be fit and healthy later in life through exercise and sports. A lifelong athlete who competed in running at the national level, his current passion is rock climbing in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With advanced degrees in engineering, he holds the position of Director of Engineering at LSI Corporation where he leads and motivates engineers worldwide. An inventor, McGrath has over 40 patents to his name.

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