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Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond [Paperback]

Chris Crowley , Henry S. Lodge
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Oct. 10 2007
Turn back your biological clock. A breakthrough book for men--as much fun to read as it is persuasive--Younger Next Year draws on the very latest science of aging to show how men 50 or older can become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, and continue to live like fifty-year-olds until well into their eighties. To enjoy life and be stronger, healthier, and more alert. To stave off 70% of the normal decay associated with aging (weakness, sore joints, apathy), and to eliminate over 50% of all illness and potential injuries. This is the real thing, a program that will work for anyone who decides to apply himself to "Harry's Rules."

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 the 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.

Welcome to the next third of your life--train for it, and you'll have a ball.

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Believing they have a unique approach for improving men's lives, Crowley, a former litigator, and Lodge, a board-certified internist, collaborated to write this "evolutionary" health program. The authors base their plan on the idea that instead of looking forward to decades of pain as the body slowly deteriorates, it's possible to live as if you were 50, maybe even younger, for the rest of your life. Yet with the exception of "Harry's First Rule"—exercise at least six days a week—there isn't much that's new or groundbreaking in their agenda. Most recommendations fall under the "common sense" umbrella, though these suggestions may be news to many men, who aren't as steeped in the world of health and fitness as most women are (they may find the chapters dealing with nutrition and biology particularly informative). The authors' method of proffering their philosophy is rather trite, however, and their cavalier demeanor belies the significance of what they have to say. More than one-third of the book is devoted to how and why they came up with this program based on their own lives, with special attention to 70-year-old Crowley's impressive abilities (he says he can ski better now than he could 20 years ago). All told, this manual for healthy living offers sound, if unoriginal, advice with some hackneyed padding.
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“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

“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.”
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How long can we really live? June 16 2006
By I am 90
It is a very good book for anyone concerned about aging. We get more aware of our age at the time of retirement. Switching from a daily-work routine to a totally new idea of all-time-holidays is often not as pleasurable as we expected thirty or more years before. At that difficult time, it is very helpful to focus on the Four Pillars of Longevity as suggested by the authors of the book:

1. Six-times-a-week exercising.

2. Eating for nutrition, not for any other reason. Focusing on fruits and vegetables.

3. Avoiding boredom, developing your hobbies.

4. Connecting with many other people - creating a solid circle of friends.

The book provides some good medical background for these readers that like to understand why certain things are happening.

Another book well worth reading is "Can We Live 150 Year". It is the Body Maintenance Handbook, as the subtitle states. I like the common sense approach that is prevalent throughout the pages. Some of the author's ideas, for obvious reasons are similar to the ones presented by Crovley and Lodge, but on the whole it is a totally different book. Many excerpts are available for reading at the author's website.
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This book defies easy categorization. It's popular science, and as such will immediately garner criticism from some corners. Academics could criticize it for making generalizations based on still-incomplete research, for example. But IMO such criticism misses the point. The authors are arguing for the reader to make a fundamental transformation in his life, and they do so convincingly, with humor which keeps you reading. In my case (a middle-aged professional and recreational triathlete) it turned out I was already doing most of what they suggested, and I didn't need to be convinced that a very active lifestyle has huge, long-term benefits. But they show you HOW huge a difference it makes, with numbers and underlying physiological explanations to back it up, and show you the specific things you need to be doing to get the benefits. If you are a typical North American middle-aged guy, you would almost certainly benefit from this book. (There is a separate one for women which I am not qualified to comment on).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Younger Is As Younger Does Jan. 1 2008
By C.J.
Of all the anti-aging books I've seen, this is one of most laid back and entertaining. It's written by two guys. Harry, the doctor, covers the science aspects of aging, while the other guy, Chris, talks about applying the info.

The book is centered around 'Harry's Rules.' These are seven rules for the reader to follow. They include such things as 'Quit eating crap' or 'Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life.' While they might seem to be basic pieces of information, they are sound advice and have some science behind them.

All-in-all, I found this to be a very informative and amusing book and I'd recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book on aging. The realistic key here is not to go into things thinking you're going to STOP the aging process, rather think of SLOWING DOWN the aging process. Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff to extend the life of your rotator cuff- studies show that after the age of sixty, 54% of people have a torn cuff.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Younger Next Year Feb. 5 2007
Very motivational which is always a good thing, December 29, 2006

I was given a book at one of my recent seminars, Younger Next Year, a Guide to Living Like Fifty until you are Eighty and Beyond, by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Loch, M.D. Of course, I am not yet 50 so why should I be thinking about when I am 80? The book does make valid points that the earlier you start, the easier it is to take the clock lower.

Most of the book re-enforces what I already know: eat right and exercise. In addition to that, the book talks about the need for purpose, interaction, and contact with other people. As people get older and consider retirement, etc., they often lose their circle of friends and lose their purpose and that is what causes premature aging.

The book is written in an interesting way. The two authors, one in his seventies, talks about his life experiences and how he has been responded to by the younger doctor author who explains his theories of medicine and why things work the way they do.

I have not read anything else that talks the way this book does about why exercise is so good for us. The thesis is that evolution takes ten of thousands of years and so we have not yet had time to evolve. It was only a few hundred years ago when there was famine and exercise was a huge part of daily lives, just to survive. Our bodies have not had time to adapt and as a result, we often go into "famine" mode where our bodies metabolism slows down and we start storing fat. The book points out that technology has allowed us to eat very poorly and certain innate cravings which are healthy when things are scarce like sugars and fats are tremendously unhealthy because we can end up with hugely concentrated sources of them. They are well within our reach and means.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Younger Next Year Feb. 20 2011
By Dogg
"Younger Next Year" should be required reading for anyone over the age of 40. Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry S. Lodge appeal to both sides of our brain by giving the reader both the emotional and scientific reasons why we should follow their three point plan for healthy aging. Their book is easy to read and even easier to implement the ideas contained therein.
If you are looking for a life-changing or life-affirming way to take care of your body and your ultimate future, this book is for you. Take charge of your own health care system. Read this book and live the tenets that are so clearly and compelling laid out in "Younger Next Year"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars examine oneself
This is an exceptional book that touches our thoughts arhat as a male we as a rule do not like to talk about .
Well written!
Published 2 months ago by Dave Beach
2.0 out of 5 stars Blah Blah Blah
I found this book to be overly wordy. If it were cut down to a very few pages it might have made a worthwhile read but it was just too painful reading on and on and not learning... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dano
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this if you want a great time when you retire.
Great directions and encouragement to stay healthy, happy and energetic to a very advanced age. Easy to read even with the medical science included. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John E Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing
Well, this book certainly changed my life. I read it early in 2005, when it was first published. At the time, I believed that I was fit because I'd been running since 1969. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laurence R. Hunt
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
I enjoyed this book --- though the binding didn't last long and after a couple of months, the pages fell out --- but I read it last year and I'm no younger. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SANW
5.0 out of 5 stars I advocate reading this book and moving forward with change...
This book is very well written and easy reading. Reasonable expectations & definately adaptable to my lifestyle. Look forward to being younger next year etc, etc., etc...
Published 6 months ago by Rick A Lacroix
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and practical
Good read, chapters by Chris Crowley are great; others by Dr. Lodge are OK, have a lot of evolution mumbo jumbo that I didn't care for. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sidney Tannenbaum
4.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Stade
Simple and sound advise written with humour and real life analogy.
This book really applies to everyone because it is never too young (or too old) to start a healthier... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Intrepid1958
5.0 out of 5 stars motivational
Not a book to sit down and read like a novel. This is a book to keep in your bathroom or bedroom or at the breakfast table - somewhere to read a page or a chapter at a time, so... Read more
Published 9 months ago by ruth verlinden
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Interesting read and constant reminder of time slipping away and prioritizing and etc. an eary read and a valued addition to any library
Published 9 months ago by Chris Weadick
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