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Senior Fitness

The Diet and Exercise Program for Maximum Health and Longevity

Ruth Heidrich

The senior years don't have to be filled with aches and pains. At age seventy, Ruth Heidrich has the bone mass density of a woman in her early thirties and a resting heart rate of forty-four. Since being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of forty-seven, she has won more than nine hundred athletic trophies and medals and has been cancer-free for more than twenty years.

In Senior Fitness, the "other" Dr. Ruth shows how to maintain and even increase physical and sexual fitness at any age—and dramatically reduce the risk of prostate cancer, varicose veins, osteoporosis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer's, and a host of other ailments and diseases. Full of detailed medical information, this inspiring handbook is the ideal resource for all those seeking to make life after fifty full of fun and dynamism.

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When the fitness craze hit the youth-oriented '80s, many of the nation's ederly missed out on the action, and in the 21st century, seniors still find themselves surrounded by exercise books geared to a younger market. But finally, the tide has turned. Ruth Heidrich, a septuagenarian triathlete who has been running marathons for more than forty years, penned Senior Fitness in an effort to reach Baby Boomers wanting to take better care of themselves through diet an exercise.

With a PhD in health education, Heidrich—a vegan and breast cancer survivor—knows all about keeping the body hale and hearty well into old age. In addition to fitness, her book touches on suc subjects as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and menopause. This living testament to wellness and longevity demonstrates firsthand that you can embrace sound health and fitness into your twilight years.
The gift of health from Lantern Books: Senior Fitness: The Diet and Exercise Program for Maximum Health and Longevity by Dr. Ruth Heidrich is an easy to read and inspiring book that recounts the personal journey of its author from facing life-threatening disease to becoming a vibrantly healthy athlete. The "other" Dr. Ruth demonstrates that the senior years don't have to be filled with aches and pains.

240 pp.  
6" x 9"
Illustrations: 10

Lantern Books


Published:  September 2004


Ruth Heidrich received her Ph.D. in Health Management in 1993 and is the author of A Race For Life, The Race For Life Cookbook, and Senior Fitness. She is a certified fitness trainer and holds three world records for fitness for her age group at the renowned Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas. She still actively competes in marathons and triathlons, having won more than 900 trophies and medals since her diagnosis of breast cancer in 1982 at the age of 47. With Terry Shintani, M.D., she co-hosts the radio show “Nutrition & You” on KWAI-AM in Hawaii. She is the founding member and past president of the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii and past president of the Mid-Pacific Road Runners Club. She has won eight gold medals in the Senior Olympics in Hawaii, Arizona, and Nevada. See all books by Ruth Heidrich

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