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Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond Paperback – September 25, 2007
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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.
"I have lost 50 pounds over the last nine months by eating less, moving more, and changing the way I think. I am 62 and look better and feel better and have more energy than in the last 15 years."—Ron T.
" I read the wisdom put forth by Chris and Harry . . . [and] my next physical blew my doctor away. I am 74 and in better shape than when I was 50."—Jack S.
"Not a week goes by that I do not utter a silent prayer of thanks that Younger Next Year came into my life. You guys are saving the world one body at a time."—T. G.
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— K. Craig Kent, M.D., chief of vascular surgery, New York–Presbyterian Hospital
“Harry’s Rules will change your life.”
— Memet Oz, M.D., coauthor, YOU: The Owner’s Manual
“One long, exuberant New Year’s resolution.”
— The New York Times
“Brain-rattling, irresistible, hilarious. If you’re up for it… [this book] could change your life.”
— The Washington Post
“A high-octane approach to keeping lean, fit, and active as we age.”
— Peter Scardino, M.D., Department of Urology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
“One of our highest recommendations so far on growing old gracefully . . . Dr. Lodge, a prominent M.D., focuses on developments in cellular and evolutionary biology. Crowley, his guinea pig, is a firm believer in Dr. Lodge’s science and very good at convincing the reader that, if you’re a fifty-year-old man, you’d be an idiot not to start following the rules as soon as possible. . . . Should be read avidly by anyone growing older as well as forward-thinking youngsters.”
— Kirkus Reports
“An extraordinary book . . . it is easy to read, the science is right, and if one follows Henry Lodge’s and Chris Crowley’s recommendations, both mental and physical aging can be delayed. I wish my patients would follow their advice.”
— K. Craig Kent, M.D., chief of vascular surgery, New York–Presbyterian Hospital ― The New York Times
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Harry is Henry S. Lodge, M.D., a specialist in internal medicine and preventive healthcare. Chris Crowley is Harry's 70-year-old patient who's stronger today (and skiing better) than when he was 40. Together, in alternating chapters that are lively, sometimes outspoken, and always utterly convincing, they spell out Harry's Rules and the science behind them. The rules are deceptively simple: Exercise Six Days a Week, Eat What You Know You Should, Connect to Other People and Commit to Feeling Passionate About Something. The science, simplified and demystified, ranges from molecular biology of growth and decay to how our bodies and minds evolved (and why they fare so poorly in our sedentary, all-feast, no-famine culture). The result is nothing less than a paradigm shift in our view of aging.
- Publisher : Workman Publishing Company; Reprint edition (September 25, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 330 pages
- ISBN-10 : 076114773X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0761147732
- Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.13 x 0.88 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #99,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book does refer to some studies, but basically the authors humorously and seriously deal with the physical "decay" of aging. And, yes, they discuss sex. No research studies are footnoted. I just assume they think the reader would not be interested; besides, who can tell if the research was correctly done? Nevertheless, why don't the authors just say, "Science aside, these are our best opinions based on our philosophies and experiences of life--as it should be"? (Or something similar.)
You can't tell from the book's title that the latter chapters deal with the emotional-social side of aging, which they straight-forwardly face. To me this is the best section of the book.
Even though one author is a doctor he makes dietary recommendations that not all health advocates would agree with--even the respected contrarian (to some) viewpoints of, let's say, The Weston A. Price Foundation. (Check it out; it's a dot org.)
The authors don't seem to realize that some older (50-plus) persons can do few of the exercises they push. Some of their recommended exercises can be more easily followed if, for example, their readers get biannual knee injections of synovial fluid (paid for by Medicare for those 65-plus) or take a glucosamine-chondroitin combo tablet to lessen the pain of arthritis. (The latter supplement can take up to six months to be effective or not at all, and often gives a constant upset stomach/gas and too-frequent soft stools--did me, so I quit it, but some friends swear by it.) Exercise, alone, does not always lessen the pain from this condition. Nevertheless, "...this book has one core message--either you grow [in strength, i.e., exercise] or you decay" (p. 216). And I can add (p. 112): "We are not tired at the end of the day because we get too much exercise. We are tired because we do not get enough." We may also be tired from not getting enough quality sleep, which they don't address--check out a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine; the new ones are super quiet.
To some extent, I do not appreciate the rah!-rah! approach of the authors. Maybe that style, in part, is to compensate for the fact that they lauded the book as being based on solid scientific research, but present no data.
According to the authors, exercising together can also strengthen the tie that binds you to your partner, will turn your relationship around, and rah!-rah! on they go. To use an altered hackneyed phrase: "Those who exercise together, stay together." But keeping in good physical shape doesn't depend on a marriage or some other tie, whether it binds or not. Relationships that no longer work (even after counseling) are detrimental to either partners' overall health. No science from me here, either; just common sense--sort of like parts of their book.
To sum the book up too simply:
1. To keep, regain or get good health, you should exercise (fast walk, for example) for 45-minutes six times a week for the rest of your life.
2. To be happy you should be socially-emotionally connected; preferably intimately.
That does sound a little too humdrum. The book is more interesting and certainly worth a read.
A FINAL NOTE: I HOPE YOUR BOOK HOLDS TOGETHER BETTER THAN MINE. EVEN WITH GENTLE HANDLING THE PAGES STARTED FALLING OUT--APPARENTLY A GLUE-SPINE PROBLEM.
The other things needed to be younger next year according to the book are proper nutrition, developing and maintaining friendships and social relationships by participating in community activities, touching your loved ones, having hobbies, playing, taking care of your finances by spending less than your income and intelligently investing the surplus etc. They are all important and necessary. Proper nutrition does not mean dieting. According to the authors diets don't work. All you need to do is to stop eating crap.
All these topics are explained in the audiobook by two co - authors : Chris Crowley a 70 year old ( oops ! 70 year young ) guy and Henry S. Lodge MD, Chris's doctor who is an expert on the biology of exercise and nutrition. They take turns to speak so the listener does not have to listen to the same voice throughout the audio book and get bored. Chris gives a lot of real life cases in a humorous and sometimes sarcastic way without offending. He uses language very skillfully. So does Henry. You enjoy yourself while learning a lot by listening to these gentlemen from the audiobook. I listened to it over and over again.
You don't have to be unfit to benefit from Younger Next Year. You may discover and confirm that you are exercising and eating properly to a large extent already. I discovered that my exercise program was 80 % correct already. I started correcting the 20 % by starting to do low and intensive aerobic exercise in my heart rate zones. I also decided to buy a heart rate monitor and am researching one. The correctness of my nutrition was confirmed by this book. However, I need to work more on my finances and developing social relationships.
This is a book / audio book that should be read / listened to regulary once every few weeks to stay on the right track. I strongly recommend it to people of all ages. I also visited the web site [...] by the same authors, it is also very good. You may want to take a look at that too.
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The ideas are simple: eat well, exercise, get enough sleep, eschew stress. The concepts are well-presented and the authors have a friendly, easy-to-digest way of getting their points across.
Even though I'm still "old", I'd recommend it as an inspirational read.