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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Langdon Street Press (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936782863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936782864
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Since I'm refiring, not retiring, I've decided I need to be in good shape for the long haul. Harry's guidance is invaluable to me. If you are over fifty and want to live long enough to be a problem for your children, read Fitness Beyond 50: Turn Back the Clock by Harry Gaines and heed its advice!''--Ken Blanchard, PH.D., coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Full Steam Ahead!

''This is superb stuff. Well done. Today I did my body weight strength training and highintensity training for the first time in years. I want the benefits and somehow you with this book have gotten to me in a way that no one else has... thank you.'' -- David Ostrow, P.T., President, Body Balance for Performance, a leading golf fitness company

''Harry Gaines's recommendations are right on the mark for good mental and physical health and disease prevention later in life. He is scientifically correct, and this book is a fun read.'' -- --Kathleen Wilson M.D., Internal Medicine

About the Author

Harry Gaines spent his entire business career in the fields of educational publishing and training, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of four companies in these industries. His experience taught him a great deal about how we learn and what it takes to produce a great book. A native of Georgia and graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta, he and his wife now split their time between Southwest Florida and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He normally cycles 5,000 miles per year and also enjoys fitness training and golf.

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Harry Gaines spent his entire business career in the fields of educational publishing and training, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of four companies in these industries. His experience taught him a great deal about how we learn and what it takes to produce a great book. A native of Georgia and graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta, he and his wife now split their time between Southwest Florida and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He normally cycles 5,000 miles per year and also enjoys fitness training and golf.

Bio from his website:
After many decades dedicated to health and fitness, I knew that exercise was good for me, but I never imagined I would write about it. A lunch meeting, however, resulted in an opportunity to create articles about fitness for adults for a company's blog. That experience led to my writing stories for my local fitness center about individuals in my community who'd transformed their lives via exercise and healthy eating. Several friends suggested I write a book on fitness and healthy eating and, before I knew it, Fitness Beyond 50: Turn Back the Clock was born.

My professional experience in educational publishing and training provided me with a keen understanding of how adults learn. While there are thousands of how-to exercise and diet books on the market, I wanted to offer my peers something else -- an entertaining and educational book about why to exercise and eat right.

I believe that reading the latest research about the benefits of fitness and healthy eating will prove more motivational than simply telling adults how to exercise. Understanding why exercise and diet are central to leading an active, healthy and longer life provides inspiration to stick to a health program -- even when we inevitably stumble.

Because over 70 percent of our health problems -- high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension, etc. -- can be prevented, I want to help people develop motivation. Given the positive impact exercise also has on the functioning of our brains, I felt compelled to share inspiring research. I believe knowledge is a strong incentive to take action.

Fitness Beyond 50: Turn Back the Clock is also loaded with over 125 real-life stories of what adults have done to improve their lives. Many are people I know, and I've witnessed the positive changes myself. Some of them have overcome significant limitations in order to lead an active, healthy life. Their stories offer extra encouragement to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Perhaps you'll soon have a success story of your own to share with me.

I want you to know that I practice what I preach. My wife, Debra Carrier, and I divide our time between Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and southwest Florida; I cycle year round, normally logging 5,000 miles annually. I'm also an active participant at my local fitness centers and golf clubs. I had an assessment recently that compared my fitness level with the previous year. The results showed that I've lost eight pounds, reduced my body fat percentage from 19.3 to 16.1 percent, significantly increased my recovery time on the Harvard Step Test and reduced my resting heart rate from 66 to 60 (it's actually 55 early in the morning). I now weigh the same as I did 40 years ago, and my weight training is comparable to what I lifted 15 years ago or so.

Do I think Fitness Beyond 50 will change the world? No, but it has changed my world, and it's made a positive impact on many readers. I hope you, too, will find inspiration in its pages.

Customer Reviews

I found the book well written, informative and highly motivating.
Bob
Regardless of your age and current fitness level, this book will likely inspire a change in your current lifestyle.
L. Waring
This book is as good as any I have read and basically says if you sit around age and frailty are going to get you.
Larry Warbington

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ArtW on April 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have a shelf full of books on exercise and fitness collected over the last 45 years. This is one of the few that makes me want to succeed at the goals I set for myself. Fitness Beyond 50 does not tell you what to do. After reading the book and understanding the tremendous benefits that exercise and diet can bring , I found it impossible not to get going. Those of us who are well beyond 50 really don't know how much longer we're going to be around, but if you take to heart the lessons offered in this book, you will certainly enjoy that time much, much more.

The benefits conferred by exercise and diet are amazing. For a very short synopsis of the value of exercise take a look at the video [...]. This You-Tube video is not connected to the book in any way. Dr. Mike Evans has produced a very clever synopsis of exercise and health. If you're motivated by the video, then buy Fitness Beyond 50 for the details and get started. If you are already started, I'll guarantee you will want to set your goals higher.

There are no quick fixes offered in this book. There are however, loads of real life stories about success. These stories coupled with the citation of lots current research studies pertaining to exercise and its benefits, make this a most compelling read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Best day ever on April 28, 2012
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I own a men's clothing store and recently had a customer ask me why I am still in business after 23 years-I responded that showing up every day is a big part of our success. After reading Harry Gaines book the reader will find themselves reporting for duty, sticking with it , and then enjoying their commitment to serious exercise and good nutrition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob on April 20, 2012
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I found the book well written, informative and highly motivating. Among so many other things, I learned the need to challenge myself more in aerobic training and push myself more in resistance training. I'm not working out longer...just better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neale Sweet on April 10, 2012
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I am not usually a reader of books on fitness, but Harry Gaines' book has caught my attention. The book is not so much how-to. Instead it is more about why it is important to pay attention to diet and exercise. Here you will find clear explanations of what happens to our bodies and our brains as we age and how our aging process can be improved -- or degraded -- by the choices we make. With lots of practical tips on how to manage the thought processes behind our choices, the author succeeds in making a strong case for making the right choices. The trick is to get started making a few "good" choices and thereby to begin replacing not-so-good habits with better ones. Once you get started, you will find yourself referring back to the book again and again for further information and reinforcement. If you're thinking about making some lifestyle changes, but haven't yet gotten around to it, give this book a try. You won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KJ on April 12, 2012
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For all the 50+ men and women out there: GET THIS BOOK! Fitness Beyond 50 is not a book to make you feel bad or guilty. This is a book that gives you inspiration and motivation. A lot of us need an extra push to make the commitment. The personal examples in this book are real men and women. Fitness Beyond 50 is not for those who are looking for a "quick fix" but rather the tools to make a change in their lifestyle behaviors.
As a college instructor in health education, I wish I could make this required reading for all my students! The information is applicable to all age groups. Thank you Mr. Gaines for providing an easy to read, comprehensive and well researched book.

Katherine Jo Holland-Dichter, M.A.
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
Glendale College
Glendale, CA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jean on April 20, 2012
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A very easy read with great information about interval training. Loved the personal stories and could identify with many of them. This book helps you find the motivation to "never give up". I'm buying 11 copies as gifts for my friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Waring on April 16, 2012
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Regardless of your age and current fitness level, this book will likely inspire a change in your current lifestyle. You may be compelled to examine your existing exercise regimen or eating habits. You may find yourself walking everywhere faster. Or the chapter about the brain's reaction to exercise might alter your entire rationale for working out. If you don't currently spend a few days a week exercising, this book will probably change that, too. It's easy to understand and offers a refreshing why-to-be-fit angle rather than a how-to-get-fit doctrine.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jrcasper on April 19, 2012
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As a health and wellness coach, I am always looking for tools to help motivate my clients. This book does just that! It is written in a way that is easy to understand for those who haven't made fitness or wellness a part of their lives, while still delivering important and complex information. Anecdotes are used as a staple throughout the book to drive home each idea, as well as show what is possible for ordinary people. If you are looking for a reason to start exercising, or need help getting back on track after time off you simply MUST read this book.
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