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Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy-Until You're 80 and Beyond [Kindle Edition]

Chris Crowley , Henry S. Lodge M.D. , Gail Sheehy
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Book Description

Co-written by one of the country's most prominent internists, Dr. Henry "Harry" Lodge, and his star patient, the 73-year-old Chris Crowley, Younger Next Year for Women is a book of hope, a guide to aging without fear or anxiety. This is a book of hope, a guide to aging without fear or anxiety. Using the same inspired structure of alternating voices, Chris and Harry have recast material specifically for women, who already live longer and take better care of themselves than men. New material covers menopause and post-menopause, as well as cardiac disease, osteoporosis, sexuality, and more.

This is the book that can show us how to turn back our biological clocks—how to put off 70% of the normal problems of aging (weakness, sore joints, bad balance) and eliminate 50% of serious illness and injury. The key to the program is found in Harry's Rules: Exercise six days a week. Don't eat crap. Connect and commit to others. There are seven rules all together, based on the latest findings in cell physiology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and experimental psychology. Dr. Lodge explains how and why they work—and Chris Crowley, who is living proof of their effectiveness (skiing better today, for example, than he did twenty years ago), gives the just-as-essential motivation.

Both men and women can become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, then continue to live with newfound vitality and pleasure deep into our 80s and beyond.

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Crowley and Lodge rework their bestselling Younger Next Year (which targeted men) to address health and aging concerns for women. Former attorney Crowley's chatty voice alternates with internist-gerontologist Lodge's straightforward medical perspective. The authors promise that major lifestyle changes, including a six-days-a-week exercise regime, and a positive view of aging will make the "next third" of life—the stage after menopause—the most fulfilling. Because women live longer, are highly motivated for change and fear aging less than men do, the authors contend, they will reap great benefits from the program. Crowley and Lodge put their own spin on commonsense health essentials, with Lodge adding information on the latest antiaging breakthroughs. A variety of activities (biking, skiing, sailing, yoga) will likely make the intensive exercise plan more enjoyable. Although there is little new material, women may find the 71-year-old Crowley's cheerleading appealing—the old buddy tone of the previous edition is exchanged for that of a male "girlfriend"—and a great motivator not only for making lifestyle changes but for equating health with how one feels, not how one looks. (Jan.)
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“A must-read for women...Dr. Lodge and Mr. Crowley offer a very clear choice: Do you want the thirty years after menopause to be good years or not? And then they explain exactly how to achieve the better option.This is an excellent book, motivating, good-natured and honest.”
— Laura L. Forese, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer, New York–Presbyterian Hospital

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  • File Size: 1643 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0761140735
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 Reprint edition (October 10, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UZJQB4
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289 of 294 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts a Fire in your tailpipe to get up and go January 3, 2007
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I read Dr. Lodges and Chris Crowley's book and it changed me forever. I first saw these two authors on CBN and then ordered the book, "Younger Next Year for Women". What I like about this book in terms of its style and reading is that it is balanced between Dr. Lodge's biology and DNA subject matter and Chris Crowley's shoot from the hip style. Yes, they do advocate exercise, but nothing so mundane as you find in typical exercise or motivation books. Nothing in any other exercise book ever woke me up like this book. More than just another exercise or fitness book, this book explains why and how we age, why we get fat, why and how we program our body and cells to die instead of grow. This book explains how our modern life style has confused the programming of our body and caused us to get fat, grow old, get stiff, get diseased and finally die. These things don't just happen to us - we cause them to happen! That's right, we program our DNA and cells to age and die by our life style and activity, or lack thereof, which tells our body what to do with the next generation of cells. It also goes into what our bodies were designed for and how to work in harmony with that perfect design to obtain optimum performance. Once I learned this, I suddenly became aware that I had been setting my body up to die, day by day, one dead cell after another. I changed in the instant I read the first couple of chapters. This book is a real eye opener and instead of motivating you to do push ups or do this or that, this book integrates the whole life system of human evolution and biology and social attitude based on the design and makeup of the human genetic machine. It puts you on the right track to do what your body and cells were made to do and to do it well for a long and healthy life. Read more ›
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184 of 196 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best is yet to come!!! July 26, 2006
I can't even count the number of self-help books I have read. I have a degree in holistic science. I "know" all the things we are supposed to do. But having come thru a particularly tough phase in life, including the loss of a committed relationship, two cross country relocations and two job changes all within the last 5-6 years, I hit the age of 60 wondering, where did all the time go? what do I do now? is it true, as I always believed, that it is "never too late"? While I was pondering those questions, the age of 61 rolled around, and all of a sudden I felt everything from the last few years finally took its toll. I tried adding up the positives: I finally live in my most favorite place; I am consistently thought to look younger than I am; I work for a wonderful organization that serves a great cause; I have had amazingly good health and I am the only one I know past 60 who has no aches nor pains; I ran a half-marathon this spring; I have great friends; I have a meaningful spiritual life. Yet I still felt like I had run out of luck, and the downhill slide was before me.

I am literally driving my car around with three crates of books I need to get rid of, but somehow I got captured once again by a book club that offers those 5-6 books for 99 cents. One of the clinchers was the title of this book. I thought, how crazy can I be - falling for a title like that?!

Earlier this week my book package came, and last night I read almost this whole book (I recommend reading Part II well before you finish Part I, it is totally inspirational). The two-generational perspective of Chris and Harry is unique; Chris' wit and his own story often fool the reader into thinking it's the voice of the younger one.
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75 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Motivating Book July 29, 2007
By Cate
Chris and Harry tag-team throughout this book to provide good information and inspiration. As other reviewers have stated, most of the information isn't new, but it's said in a way that makes it relevant and useful. And Chris is a jolly role model for all of us.

I'm not sure why this book motivates me when I already knew much of the information in it. Maybe it was the ongoing (relentless) mention of aging as decay in the US. Or pounding home the point of how much control we have over how we age. Or maybe just wanting to have fun being 71 like Chris. (My mom, 78, has heart disease. Her sister died at 71 and her other sister, 69, has cancer.)

I love the dead honest tone of this book. No diet plan, no recipes, no Kumbaya, no gimmicks - just straight talk with some humor thrown in.

A bit of criticism: I wish they had added a female author for this book. Getting the male perspective on female aging was usually fine, but sometimes seemed lacking. Chris and Harry could quote statistics and give examples, but they really don't know. (Notable difference between reading Gail Sheehy's books on menopause and female aging, and reading this book.)
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164 of 188 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful for me at all. July 7, 2011
I received this book as a gift. The givers loved it, and I'm sure they meant well. I'm overweight but not obese and out of shape, and I am trying to turn over a new leaf and take better care of myself. I've completely changed the way I eat, am walking 4-5 miles and doing some light weights. I'm losing weight, and I know I'm healthier than I was six months ago. I was feeling pretty good about the whole thing until I read this book and learned that what I was doing was totally inadequate and, hence, pretty much worthless because it wasn't skiing in Aspen, doing spinning class with 20-somethings, going on biking tours of New England, and I don't have a personal trainer or belong to a gym. Alas, no heart monitor or thousand-dollar bike either. I should just give up and die right now, or I could continue what I'm doing--lifestyle change in moderation at a steady pace--continue losing weight, being more active, and buy a different book!

The only thing positive I took away from it was the science, which I did find interesting. That was worth reading and reinforced the decisions I'd made already, but I've found other diet and fitness books that were far more helpful for me. Style-wise, I don't think it's cute and entertaining as some have said. Calling me a big fat piggy certainly isn't the way to encourge me or motivate me to do more. In my opinion, this book is not much more than a 200-plus-page ego stroke for an old guy with tons of time, money, and toys who is totally impressed with himself and wants to tell the world how wonderful he is. Judging from other comments, that's helpful for some folks but not so much for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Love this book! I knew that exercise was good for a gal, I just didn't know how good. I'm in my late 50's and have been active all of my life, so getting in the groove with... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Pamela
3.0 out of 5 stars I love the statement 'stop eating crap"
Witty writing. Point is, get moving and do the things we know we should. I love the statement 'stop eating crap".
Published 1 day ago by johnnie booker
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good information to make you think and get you started ...
Lots of good information to make you think and get you started on a program to get fit. Good counterbalance between the two authors. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Digger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great book dr. Orders.
Published 3 days ago by Patricia Bates
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Great information.
Good book, helpful information. If never read much of this stuff, but it makes sense.
Published 9 days ago by Robyn
5.0 out of 5 stars funny, factual and holds your interest
I am reading this book because my doctor asked me to. I have not yet finished it, but so far, it is in formative, funny, factual and holds your interest. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Janet Duefield
5.0 out of 5 stars It is never too late to change you look at your life!
I am reading it over again now and highlighting things I want to review from time to time. I have found it very informative and it challenges me to do things in my life... Read more
Published 10 days ago by marcy walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
Very well written, so educational and informative. Love the book. Thank you.
Published 11 days ago by Carrie Solley
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for the Coach Potato with a guy bias
This book is a rewrite of a book for men, redone for women. My doctor reccommended that we read the book as we approached retirement. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Diane S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Tough to do but excellent program!
Published 15 days ago by Barbara Bass Boone
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Chris Crowley, 73, is a former litigator (Davis Polk & Wardwell) who retired in 1990 to ski, sail, bike, play tennis, cook, write these books, and take his passion for them on the road. The author is a contributing expert to He lives in New York City.

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