Don McGrath's book 50 ATHLETES OVER 50 TEACH US TO LIVE A STRONG, HEALTHY LIFE 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!
Michael R. Faulconeron
At some point after 50, no matter the degree of fitness and amount of exercise one does, 'changes' will start to become obvious that are related to chronological age. Being 57 and in good shape, I had thought I was somewhat immune. However, in the past 2 years, I've endured a series of relatively minor injuries; not totally incapacitating, but nuisances and slow to heal.
Paula J. Keltneron
Do you make excuses not to workout? Are you over weight? Has your doctor advised you to exercise? Is it too late?! Not by a long shot!! As author Don McGrath leads us through 50 interviews with 50 athletes over 50 we realize that it's never too late. Most importantly anyone can excel in sports regardless of age, gender, handicap or circumstances. These stories will inspire you to get off the couch and get moving. If you are currently exercising you will find yourself asking "Am I doing enough?" All of these athletes are competitive in their own ways. From 50-year-old former pro triathlete Gale Bernhardt who has turned her sights to mountain biking to "The Ultimate Over 50-Athlete -- Banana" George Blair, the 94-year-old water skier, you will see that anything is possible.
Thomas E. Tudoron
If you like feeling that a book really made an impact on your life, then you will love this book. I have read other inspiring stories in magazines over the years, but there is a way in these interviews that elevated my perspective in a profound way. I love the book, and think it's a worthwhile investment for any "senior" or someone who just wants to become a senior one day... Athelete or not, it is a great read.
Think you're to old to have an active life after 50? Think again! The 50 athletes in this book will show you just how untrue that is. This book is full of helpful information, inspiration and hope to those that are starting to have trouble with their bodies working the way they want, and even to those who are past that point. The best thing you can do to prolong or prevent the aging process is to be active. It is never to late to get fit. The athletes in this book are truly amazing and will give you the motivation you need to get off that couch, put that bag of chips down and MOVE.
T. J. Konopkaon
"50 Athletes over 50 Teach Us to Live a Strong, Healthy Life" by Don McGrath, PhD is a great book. It has a wonderful format that quickly introduces readers to what it takes to be an older athlete mentally, physically, and emotionally. Then, it dives right into the excitement with the 50 athletes over 50. There are copious interviews that are written in a question-and-answer layout. Photos of the athletes are included, too, some of which are whimsically amusing. At the end of chapters, there are even questions for the reader to answer with spaces to write in. These questions serve as stepping stones for the reader to get more active and rekindle their inner athletic passions. What makes this book so great is that the 50 athletes are not all famous and well-known. Chances are the readers may have not even heard of one. Still, this makes the book more riveting as readers discover new stories that could be about them some day. Most of the athletes in this book do not do group sports, but the athletic endeavors will impress nonetheless. Athletes of all ages will enjoy this book.
Kevin L. Nenstiel
As I face turning forty, I've wondered what I can do to maintain health, wellness, and productivity. Apparently so has Dr. Don McGrath. He matches his curiosity with his research skills and outdoorsmanship to investigate how athletes maintain their edge past half a century. Most important, McGrath and his subjects don't just focus on how to remain competitive; they explain how to live a fit, meaningful life.
James A. Davidson
This book is jam-packed with useful information that will inspire any person, regardless of age, to maintain a great physical body. There is a wide range of sports or activities involved that are different from your typical sports jock. Here is a partial list: Distance Runner, Surfer, Outrigger Canoeist, Bodybuilder, Martial Artist, Triathlete, Mountain Unicyclist, Dancer, Rock Climber, Nordic Skier, Weight Lifter, Race Walker, Handball Player, Power Lifter, Snowshoe Racer and many more. Then there's "Banana" George Blair, who is still water skiing, barefoot, at the age of 94. George has set several records, including being the oldest person to ever barefoot water ski and also the first to ever water ski barefoot on all seven continents.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. A lot of people think they are too old to start and that they are over the hill. The truth is, we can't be over the hill until we first make it to the top.