Get Up and Go: Strategies for Active Living After 50


251 pages
Contains Bibliography, Index
ISBN 1-55002-450-7
DDC 613' 0434





Reviewed by David E. Kemp

David E. Kemp, a former professor of drama at Queen’s University, is
the author of The Pleasures and Treasures of the United Kingdom.


Jim McDonald’s open heart surgery and many years of smoking prompted
him to make some lifestyle changes in preparation for his retirement.
Both he and his wife, Olga, enjoy the outdoors and Get Up and Go is
definitely a team effort.

The book is divided into two parts. Part 1, “The Active Body,”
suggests strategies for combatting inactivity and demonstrates how to
choose the activity that best suits your personality. The charts that
are provided enable you to set goals and achieve them. Guest experts
write on activities such as cycling, curling, cross-country skiing,
canoeing, and walking, and websites that support the authors’
suggestions are identified. There’s even a section on how to stop

Part 2, “The Active Mind,” presents strategies for achieving
self-fulfillment in the retirement years. The benefits of volunteering,
the world of computers and the Internet, the thrill of genealogy, and
the lifelong journey of learning are among the topics covered.

For those wishing to maximize their post-retirement lifestyle
opportunities, this self-empowering book is packed full of practical,
worthwhile information.


McDonald, Jim, and Old McDonald., “Get Up and Go: Strategies for Active Living After 50,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 17, 2024,