My name is Sharkie Zartman and I would like to welcome you to my website. I am a health and yoga professor, an All American Volleyball athlete, an established author of five books, radio host and holistic health coach. I am committed to bringing out the best in my students, clients, readers and listeners and feel so blessed to love what I do and do what I love.
My new book, Take on Aging as a Sport is now available at Amazon and is published by Motivational Press. I’m so excited to help empower people to awaken their inner athletes and step up to the challenges of aging. As a former athlete, I know that you don’t give in to the opposition. You take charge and do what you can to be successful.
The first thing that most people want to know is why I have such a strange name. Yes, it is true–thanks to my dad, I am named after a killer fish. But life is fun when you are different, so here’s to being different! Always strive to be your best self—-not someone else.
Enjoy the site and please feel free to contact me if you would like a free initial health consultation or need an inspirational speaker to get people off their butts:) I love inspiring others to take charge of their lives!
Here is one of my favorite quotes: “The quality of your choices dictates the quality of your life. Choose wisely.”
Praise for Take on Aging as a Sport; The Athletic Approach to Aging.
”If you are a Baby Boomer like me and have been looking for a sensible strategy to win at the sport of “Aging” then the game plan Sharkie Zartman brings to the field in this book should be studied carefully like an opponent’s film. Based on her training as a world class volleyball player and coach, her indomitable outlook on how to attack the symptoms and challenges of becoming older lays out simple guidelines that ensure you a sporting chance of retaining a full and vibrant life To quote her directly: “If you think you are old you will start to act like it and the body will follow.” By comparing aging to the logistics, training and experiences she learned as a professional athlete, Sharkie compels you think about growing older as a sport where you connect with your inner athlete, meet your competition head on and beat old age at it’s own game.”
“Sharkie Zartman has written a must read book for all of us aging athletes who refuse to give in and want to meet head on the challenges of growing older. As a former collegiate and
professional athlete and now an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, I address
these issues everyday not only with my own body but also those of my patients. Sharkie is right
on with her approach to aging as a sport and tackles it with a proactive approach that will leave
you grinning from ear to ear with each page of this great read. I urge all to read it and learn that winning the game of aging can be done with determination, strategy and grace.”
Bill Stetson, MD
Stetson Powell Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Team Orthopaedic Surgeon, USA Men’s and Women’s USA Volleyball Teams
“”Here comes the test of your life. You can do nothing and watch yourself just completely fall apart as each year passes. Watch your life become more and more restricted as your physical and mental capabilities diminish. OR…you can join Sharkie Zartman in her winning approach to aging where you will be Taking on Aging as a Sport…The Athletic Approach to Aging, which is both the name of Sharkie’s new book and the way she keeps fit even as the calendar rolls relentlessly forward. Sharkie is a winner and so is her advice. Quick read that could change the rest of your life for the better…give it a try.”
Don Hurzeler; Former CEO/President of Zurich Middle Markets Insurance Company; professional photographer and author of “The Way Up” Designated for Success” and the upcoming book: “Smells Like Retirement”
Resiliency And The Aging Game
by Sharkie Zartman
Until recently, I always thought that the phrase, “Aging is NOT for Sissies,” was meaningless and degrading. Is it just me or does your body sometimes take on a mind of it’s own and not work like it used to?
All of a sudden, why am I limping?
Or why can’t move one of my fingers?
Did I just acquire four more wrinkles overnight?
Who came in my room last night when I was sleeping and beat me up?
Where did these bruises come from? I don’t remember falling or getting hit.
And the surprises keep on coming!
In the Aging Game, we have to be ready for anything and everything. When we get knocked down by one of age’s bombs, we have to brush it off, get back up and keep moving forward. If we feel sorry for ourselves or don’t take action, we’ll get run over, and become an aging statistic. You could even end up becoming a grumpy old person no one wants to be around! Who, if anyone would want to live like that? Now’s time to thicken our skin and get tough! These speed bumps are part of the road we travel as we age. It’s the price of being on this planet longer than our departed friends.
One of my favorite quotes is from the last Rocky film. Rocky is talking to his wimpy son who is complaining about how crummy his life is. He say’s the reason it’s crummy is because of his father:
Rocky Balboa: “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward………………That’s how winning is done!”
Winning at the game of aging is tough and therefore not for wimps.
So if life hits hard, imagine how much harder and how much more often it hits as we age. Athletes are not wimps! We are better than that! As we play the aging game we need to remember that winning is an ongoing process. We win some, and we lose some, but we never give up on life! Life is too precious and there is still so much more to enjoy, experience, and share. So toughen up and enjoy the bumpy ride! It’s time to get off the bench, put on your helmet and get into the game! Time to Take on Aging as a Sport! Are you Ready?