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Fit Folks: Tony Dale, 62

Staff Writer
Austin 360

I am a physician and the founder of The Health Co-Op and The Karis Group, Austin-based medical cost containment companies. Health is much more than the absence of disease; it's the deliberate choices that lead to a full life. For me, squash — not the vegetable, but the British sport that has spread around the world — is one of those choices. It's 60 minutes of frenetic activity within an enclosed space, smaller than a racquetball court, that leaves you exhausted and exhilarated in equal measure. One friend describes it as racquetball on steroids.  

In my early years practicing as a family doctor, I could not find the time to maintain my love of sports like tennis. You need a whole afternoon to get enough exercise playing tennis. I play squash two or three times a week and get all of the exercise that anyone can ask for, and in the company of gentlemen (and the occasional woman) who delight in competition that is invigorating and challenging. This is a game of skill, chess at high speed, and playing a 62-year-old against a 20-year-old is completely fair and highly entertaining. This is sport and sportsmanship at its best!