What Makes Olga Run?: The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star, and What She Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives Hardcover – Jan 14 2014
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“I am nuts about this book and about Olga. But the real kick was accompanying Bruce Grierson—a very good writer—as he took a smart, deep look into the new science of aging— and not aging—at the high end. I know this field a bit, and I still learned important new stuff…all of it great news. Hint: work out like a lunatic ’til the day you die. And jiggle your feet the rest of the time. Olga ‘redefined’ Grierson’s life; she may redefine yours.”
—Chris Crowley, co-author (with Henry S. Lodge, M.D.) of the bestselling Younger Next Year books and co-author (with Jen Sacheck, Ph.D.) of Thinner This Year
“What Makes Olga Run? is a smart, funny and provocative modern-day quest for the fountain of youth, led by a curious (and envious) middle-aged man determined to find the source of a 93-year-old track star’s astonishing vigour. Bruce Grierson sails deep into the heart of what science has to offer on the hot subject of longevity, and finds lessons for us all in the record-breaking footsteps of Olga Kotelko. This is a fascinating adventure, rich with puzzles and people who will make you laugh out loud, and profound insights for anyone interested in the shelf life of humanity.”
—Carolyn Abraham, Governor General’s Literary Award–nominated author of The Juggler’s Children and Einstein’s Brain
“In Olga, Grierson has a magical character with whom to explore the fascinating science of aging—a nonagenerian undecathlete. (That is, a 90-something who excels in eleven different events.) We are left with the empowering knowledge that, to a startling degree, aging itself is a choice.”
—David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
“Smart and engaging, What Makes Olga Run? is also profoundly inspiring. It will make you wish you were half as fit and exuberant as Olga, whatever your age, while providing a fascinating look at the latest science on aging.”
—Gretchen Reynolds, author of The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer
About the Author
BRUCE GRIERSON is a five-time Canadian National Magazine Award-winning feature writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Popular Science, the Walrus, Time, Scientific American and the Guardian. He is the author of U-Turn, and co-author (with Kalle Lasn) of Culture Jam. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two daughters.
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In this day and age when people seem to be getting less active and less healthy in many cases, Grierson gives us a reason to be hopeful and shows us by Olga's example what we can do to grow old actively rather than gracefully. What a great book! When I grow up I want to be just like Olga!
1) It was very well written.
2) I liked Olga, as I can relate to her, as I am 84, also have a similar diet
3) She comes across as a very energetic lady, and at the same time very likable.
4) She convinces me, to carry on with my regime of exercises.
It is a nice readable book, however a bit too long, but you want to know the results of the analyses of the author.
The conclusions are not so different from other books on healty aging: just keep on moving and avoid stress.
But the life of Olga shows a lot of little details that had to be compared with other people from her agegroup
When there are enough in that group, the results can be stated more scientifically sound.
Most recent customer reviews
Great book, motivational message. Makes a great gift, too!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found this book fascinating and also useful. Although most of us will not have a life like Olga, there are several small steps we can take to be like her.Published 17 months ago by Shaun
The author draws on numerous studies throughout the book and brings so many elements into his exploration about why Olga is as healthy and long-lived as she is. Read morePublished 18 months ago by mlsen
Loved this book. Full of the latest scientific info on aging and longevity, combined with the heart-warming story of friendship between the 40 something author, and ninety plus... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lillian Leese
Ex cellent book/story. It has been passed around. What life this lady led.Published 23 months ago by carole moss
Book arrived in great time and the book is fantastic. Was a great gift for a friend who was thrilled to get it.Published on June 16 2014 by Patty Daly
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