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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; Canadian First edition (Jan. 14 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307363457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307363459
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By PT Cruiser TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 24 2014
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Olga Kotelko truly is an inspiration. While most people in their 60s 70s and 80s shuffle around and spend a lot of time sitting in the old armchair, Olga is out running and winning athletic competitions. At her age! What is she thinking? Well, she certainly isn't thinking about taking it easy or worrying that she might get hurt. She's out living life and it's probably in better shape than most people in their 60s. When Bruce Grierson meets Olga, he's very impressed, so impressed in fact that he decides to spend the next two years following her around and trying to figure out what makes Olga tick. Bruce is only in his mid-40s but Olga gives him a run for his money. In this very entertaining book he discusses studies on what makes people age and why some of us age faster than others. And it's not just in our genes. People like Olga who keep active throughout life just don't seem to have time to grow old. He talks about not just physical exercise but mental exercise, eating, having regular sleep habits, and a positive attitude.

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!
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I bought this for my mother to read and she raves about it every time I see her. Even at 97, my mom can be motivated to do more. She just loves Olga! A must read for all ages - I'm next on Mom's list to read it then she will pass it around her retirement home to inspire others to keep moving!
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This should be required reading for everyone--couch potatoes to elite athletes. It will change your outlook on how to perceive "seniors'" and just may make your life more productive, happier and healthier no matter what you age. READ THIS BOOK NOW...then go out and live abundantly!
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I really enjoyed this book.
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.

THANK YOU
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Olga is over 90 and can still do marathons.This book reflects on the special life Olga has, and what makes her aging so slow.
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.
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This fascinating story of Olga's life and longevity more than enforces the importance of exercise for the maintenance of our health.. Olga and the author leave us with her 9 recommendations for a long and heathy lifr.
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Anyone interested in staying healthy and active while aging into your 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond should read this book! Bruce Grierson tells Olga's inspiring story with humour, respect, and thoughtfulness. He is clearly in love with Olga as are all of us involved in Masters Athletics in Canada and around the world, along with her many other fans. In the book, he describes Olga's "secrets" which really boil down to keeping active and keeping a positive attitude. His thoughtful, thorough analysis of her routines and thought processes goes far beyond just telling Olga's story, to showing all the rest of us that it's possible for us to emulate Olga and live longer, happier lives. But interested readers should also check out www.canadianmasters.ca to read more about Olga's amazing results in March 2014 at the World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in Budapest where she set 9 World Records and won 10 gold medals!!! Go, Olga!
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A great example of combining research with story telling. This approach makes science easier to relate to. The information is presented so that readers can decide what changes they may want to make to their life. Truly inspirational!
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