My name is Sharkie Zartman and I would like to welcome you to my website. I am a health and fitness professor, an All-American Volleyball athlete, an established author of more than six books, a radio host, speaker, 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. 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.
Coming September 2020!
With more people than ever being home and seeking out ways to motivate and enjoy life at this time, Win at Aging is a fun, inspirational and energetic guide that will educate readers, no matter their age (Author’s Place Press, on-sale: September 15, 2020; $19.95/Paperback). This book develops a mindset that invites readers to see aging as an opportunity and a privilege, as well as a challenge! With her years of earned experience as both a health and fitness professor, as well as a high-level athlete, Sharkie will guide your audience to start now and have a sporting chance at living a full, and vibrant life regardless of age! It is the new, improved edition of Take on Aging as a Sport and features an inspirational foreword by Don Hurzeler, an incredible man in his seventies who is living his best life NOW!
Win At Aging: How to Stay Fit, Free, and Love Your Retirement – Review
What a wonderful breath of fresh air Sharkie Zartman’s book “Win at Aging” is, as I don’t find many books that actually speak to me like this. It’s as if one were to ask for advice on staying healthy as we age, and get direct, solid answers that inspire and motivate.
Having been a former elite-level competitive athlete, a retired physical fitness and health educator, and someone who has consistently been working toward “winning” the game of aging myself, I am not sure I could have written this book any better. Filled with fun, interesting stories, and examples that support the concepts presented (many sports-related), as well as quotes and anecdotes that encourage the same, Sharkie explains, in detail, the why and how to live healthy and happy after retirement. Her analogy of using the same perspective one might as an athlete when developing their talents and competing is very solid and on point.
I especially enjoyed her placing the major responsibility for success at winning this “game” of aging right where it should be. This, coupled with quotes like, “Don’t Let the Old Man In,” “Getting older is not a negative thing, it’s a privilege,” as well as the book’s emphasis on “resiliency,” “accountability,” and “purpose” (a big one from my perspective), and focus on the mind/body connection (so important) creates a winning combination for anyone seeking something “better” beyond and in retirement.
Congrats Sharkie….great read, great book. A real benefit for those of us looking to live young.
– Kirk Mango
My new book with Dr. Robert Weil is now up on Amazon and hit #1 Best Seller in two categories three days after it was released! The title is #HeySportsParents and is an essential guide for any parent with a child in sports. Dr. Bob and I have over seventy years of combined youth sports experience, I, myself, as a former All-American volleyball athlete, sports parent, youth and college coach, and Dr. Bob, a sports podiatrist, who has treated and worked with elite top level young athletes for decades.
#HeySportsParents includes these special features:
- 8 chapters on Sports Parenting 101 cover the basics of parenting a young athlete
- The Sports Doctor is IN offers valuable advice and tips on sports safety
- Cartoons by Damain Fulton are sure to amuse and have an impact
- Two special sections are written by sports parenting experts and parents of elite athletes
“Sports parenting is an art! Sharkie, with her expertise as an outstanding athlete, coach and parent, defines the critical elements needed to develop successful young athletes. Parents will enjoy this read with some laughs and will learn to create a positive competitive atmosphere for their children to thrive athletically.”
— Lou Ann Selsky, member of US World University Games volleyball team 1973, USVBA 5-time All American and award-winning coach and athletic director
“Dr. Bob and I have worked with competitive adolescent athletes and their parents for decades. #HeySportsParents really hits home!”
— John Harmata, award-winning author of Anatomy of a Figure Skating Injury, “Ask Mr. Edge” columnist and writer for US Figure Skating magazine
For Empowered Aging I recruited 13 experts, 9 of the doctors, to each write a chapter on how to live a healthy, happy, fulfilled life regardless of age. I also wrote the introduction and the first chapter. This book was definitely a team effort and I’m so proud of the final result and really believe that this book will help a lot of people!
Empowered Aging: Expert Advice on Staying Healthy, Vital and Active
Do you find yourself dreading your next birthday? Get a new lease on life with Empowered Aging! Whether you are in your forties, fifties, sixties or beyond, Empowered Aging is written for you. You’ll discover how to reframe aging and retirement, learn about new medical advances for aging joints, receive advice on caring for your body through better nutrition, and get tips for building muscle and improving balance. You’ll also learn about a simple test to detect silent heart disease, holistic strategies for brain health, why integrative medicine is the missing link to aging successfully, and much more.
Each chapter is written by a leading expert who offers advice on how to live a full, vibrant life at any age. It is a very readable book that is well-grounded and practical in the treatment of a range of topics related to aging. You’ll learn from these renowned contributors: Sharkie Zartman, MS; Don Hurzeler; Helen Dennis; Betty A. Sproule, PhD and J. Michael Sproule, PhD; Jeanne Peters, RD; Thomas W. Storer, PhD; William Stetson, MD; Dominique M. Scott, DC; Victoria Dupuy; Robert A. Weil, DPM; Mylaine Riobe, MD; Brent Cortright, PhD; and Kathi Fry, MD. If you’re ready to get started, open any chapter you like, take notes on what resonates with you, and start on a journey to live your best life NOW. It’s your time to shine!
To read the first chapter of the book, click on this link.
Praise for Empowered Aging
“This book is a powerhouse of expert knowledge about growing older. It provides you with an entire team of experts with advice on how how to empower yourself as you age. I’m recommending this book to every client of mine who wants to live their best life on their terms.”
—Kristie Overstreet, PhD, LPCC, CST
“Empowered Aging is a positive guide that will inspire readers to take charge of their health and life to age well. Each of the twelve trustworthy authors complement Sharkie’s passion for seniors to embrace a new vision for healthy aging.”
— Allen H. Peters, MD, Medical Director, Nourishing Wellness Medical Center, Redondo Beach, CA
Have Fun Getting Fit from Spoilers Press is also available on Amazon! Who says that getting fit has to be a chore? This book was written to inspire people to get off the couch, move, 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. And as we age, fitness really is the fountain of youth and does allow us to live life to the fullest! If you need some motivation to get started on a program, this book will be a great resource!
Praise for Have Fun Getting Fit; Simple Ways to Rejuvenate Your Mind and Body
“Have Fun Getting Fit is an easy to read, engaging guide to getting and staying fit while adding years of enjoyment to one’s life. This book synthesizes 40 plus years of Sharkie’s experience guiding thousands of college-age, middle-age, and older adults to achieve their fitness goals. This book can do the same for you!” –Thomas Storer, Ph.D. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
“Sharkie and I share the same philosophy and passion for fitness and health for people over 50. As you get older exercise and human movement become a vital component of slowing down the aging process. When you stop moving you start dying. Sharkie’s solutions to improve functional ability and energy level is what every aging adult needs to have the peace of mind that you will be fit and healthy 10,20 or even 30 years from now and that is what Have Fun Getting Fit guides you to achieve”. —Bruno Perron, Owner and Founder, Still Got It Fitness (SGI)
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.”
Here’s a fun, short piece I wrote about how to step up to aging.
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? 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!