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Sound Information - Not Exactly New But Still Good
on April 29, 2011
Bob Greene is a very knowledgeable personal trainer and nutrition expert. His previous books have been very good, partly because he includes help from experts in the field. This book also brings expert advice from others.
Greene introduces a basic four-part anti-aging system consisting of regular exercise, healthful nutrition, skin care and restorative sleep. You probably already knew these would help, but you may not know why and how. The book presents several theories on why we age and what we can do to reverse its effects on our minds and bodies.
Green is big on exercise and stresses it in this book. In some ways this reminds me a lot of the book "Younger Next Year". Of course, diet is the second part where he recommends avoiding saturated and trans-fats, sodium and refined sugar while adding "superfoods" that are touted to boost energy and longevity. Step three is skin care (use sunscreen) and step four tells the benefits of sleep. The final chapter provides an eating plan with recipes for blueberry oatmeal pancakes, sweet potato and turkey Shepherd's Pie, and other healthy dishes.
I have enjoyed Greene's previous books, and this one is well written in a very readable style. It may seem a little short on substance and really doesn't introduce anything new, but it does a good job of reinforcing why these simple steps are important. I would like to see a fifth step dedicated completely to stress reduction, which may be the greatest aging problem. It is mentioned in parts of the book, along with a having a positive attitude.
If you are looking for ground-breaking ideas for turning back the clock, try the Dr. Oz show. If you are looking for sound information to help you understand ideas that you may already know, you will probably enjoy this book. If it gets you to actually apply these 4 steps, it is probably worth it.