Do Athletes Over 50 Years of Age Hold the Key to Health Care Reform?

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Author Don McGrath describes the incredibly healthy lives of over-50 athletes and how they achieve them.

In his just released book 50 Athletes Over 50 Teach Us to Live a Strong, Healthy Life, Author and Speaker Don McGrath shares his experiences and lessons learned from interviewing 50 athletes over 50 years of age from around the world. The athletes participate in a wide variety of activities including running and cycling to bodybuilding and even dance, and all are leading extraordinarily healthy lives.

“My goal in writing the book was to learn how to stay active and successful in my sport, rock climbing, for as long as possible,” says McGrath. “Along the way, I discovered that the athletes I was interviewing had a much more important tale to tell. They are all living spectacularly strong, healthy lives.” he adds.

Between the covers of McGrath’s book you will find insights that he gathered along his journey, humorous and touching stories from the athletes, written exercises to help you lead a stronger, healthier life, and commentary from world experts on our active and aging population. You will 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; and 75-year-old veteran tap dance Gene GeBauer. You will get insights from Nikola medic Ph.D., an expert in sports psychology, and hear from Vonda Wright M.D., Director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

“The intent of this book is to teach people in their thirties and beyond how they too can develop the habits I found in these extremely healthy athletes,” says McGrath. “I feel that the lessons these athletes shared with me can change people’s lives. With the kind of Healthy Reform these athletes practice, we would need less health care reform.”

For more information, go to where you can find a free excerpt from the book as well as order the book.


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