Winchester, VA (PRWEB) March 8, 2006
Defying what most consider common sense and the natural aging process, author Ed Mayhew in his new book, Fitter For Life: The Secrets of 25 Masters of Fitness, claims that declining with age is optional, not a mandatory sentence. For proof, Mayhew cites the age-defying feats of endurance, strength and speed of 25 Master athletes, men and women ages 40 to 93, who display a level of well-being usually only associated with the young.
A prime example is California’s Master swimmer, Laura Val. Even though she was a world-ranked swimmer in her youth and earned invitations to the Olympic Trials in 1968 and 1972, Val was able to set lifetime bests in several events at ages 49 and 50, including a 100 freestyle that was 3 seconds faster than her best time in her “prime.” Mayhew says, “She set these pr’s (personal records) despite the fact that her early-morning training sessions were only one-third as long as they were in her youth.”
Interestingly, although Val’s daily training is intense and comparable to that of collegiate swimmers, she says, “I’ve never gotten out of the pool after a training session without feeling better than I did when I started.” Mayhew adds, “Laura is just one of countless Master athletes who on a regular basis outperform athletes 10 and 20 years their junior.”
Unlike Val, Florida’s Sue Ellen Trapp, now a retired dentist, had no athletic background and only started jogging in her thirties to lose the weight she had gained while pregnant with her daughter, Kristina. From this humble beginning, Trapp went on, in her 40s and 50s, to become one of the greatest ultramarathon (distances longer than the standard 26.2-mile marathon) runners of all time. For example, at age 51 she set the open World Record for a 48-hour race – 234 miles. In 2001, the 55-year-old Trapp became the oldest person ever to win a U.S. open title in a track event by running 126 miles at the 24-Hour National Championship in Olander Park, Ohio.
San Francisco’s Ray Piva is another who is giving Father Time a run for his money. At age 54, Piva struggled to jog a single quarter mile; yet, twenty-three years of aging later, he set an American age-group record by running just over 109 miles, or 436 laps around a quarter-mile track, at the US 24-Hour National Championships in San Diego, California – at age 77.
Mayhew’s book, Fitter For Life: The Secrets of 25 Masters of Fitness includes:
- What the Masters of Fitness eat and won’t eat
- Which supplements they depend on, which ones they avoid
- Their training secrets
- The keys to changing age-accelerating beliefs
- Why diets and exercise programs fail
- How to get the body to release more youth-enhancing Human Growth Hormone (Hgh) naturally, safely and inexpensively
- The initial role thoughts play in reversing aging and growing younger
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