Health Matters Columnist
I am an 80-year-old retired sports medicine physician who loves to ride a bicycle fast; I know how to enjoy my second childhood! I believe that a person’s lifestyle determines how long and how well he lives. I know that the faster you ride, the less likely you are to suffer heart attacks, cancers, diabetes and premature death.
However, you can’t depend just on exercise to be healthy. You also have to avoid red meat and fried foods and take sugared drinks and sugar-added foods only when you are riding very long and fast. You have to avoid being overweight, particularly fat in your belly, and build as much muscle as possible. You should eat lots of fruits and vegetables, even if you are trying to lose weight.
If this sounds like I’m dispensing advice, it’s because I am! It’s what I also do with my time now. Along with my wife, nutritionist Diana Mirkin, I write a free weekly newsletter on the latest in fitness, nutrition and health: http://drmirkin.com/. And I contribute Health Matters columns regularly to RBR.
In additon to being a practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, I’ve written more than 20 books, including The Sportsmedicine Book, the best-selling book on the subject that has been translated into numerous languages. My latest book is The Healthy Heart Miracle, published by HarperCollins. I’m also the former medical editor of Runner’s World and Running Times.
I’ve run more than 40 marathons and am now a serious tandem bike rider with Diana, often doing 30-60 miles in an outing.