Harry's Rules (Harry being Harry S. Lodge, M.D.) are only seven, but they completely reverse the typical path of aging. Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life. Quit eating crap. Connect and commit. And to prove it is his star patient, the no-punches-pulled Chris Crowley, a 70-year-old who left the slippery slope of retirement and turned his life around. Harry tells you what to do. Chris tells you how. And their argument is irresistible.
You're a guy. You have responsibilities. You think about the future, the 401K, the kids' schools. There's one other thing you can't afford not to think about: yourself. Marrying science and reality, Younger Next Year is a convincing and passionate argument that if you train for the Next Third of life, you'll have a ball. Follow its simple rules and you'll find yourself in perhaps the best shape, in mind, body, and spirit, of your life.
©2004 Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D.; (P)2004 HighBridge Company
"Brain-rattling, irresistible, hilarious. If you're up for it...it could change your life." (The Washington Post)
"Younger Next Year is a wiscracking but scientifically serious guide to health." (Newsweek)
I thought that the voice of Chris made the book much more interesting. I am going to listen to it a second time. One of my favorite books.
I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.
I read Younger Next Year about 5 years ago and have followed quite a bit of it in my personal life. Work pressures did not have me on a good path, and this book was an inspiration to do better. I'm still not where I want to be, but I'm a lot better off because of this book.
In January, I decided to revisit the book -- the audio version this time -- for some inspiration for the new year. The audiobook is even better than the paperback. The narration is really well done, and an example how the medium can actually enhance a publication.
There are not very many books I have bought for friends and family, but this is one of them.
This is my favorite out of about 50 non-fiction titles I have listened to in the last few years. I have actually started exercising everyday for the past four months as a result of listening. It may be a cliche, but this book has changed my life. I disagree with other reviewers that don't like the narration, the Chris Crowley narrator holds my interest and is fun for me to listen to. I am a clinical psychologist and have recommended the audio version to several patients.
Although aimed at people in their 50s and 60s, there is much to be learned at any age. Much of this program is common sense but never have I heard it spoken with such enthusiasm and candor.
I would, however, ignore the section on diet (chapter 4) much of it is outdated and confusing.
While good, this book is really meant for people in their mid-to-late fifties they're approaching retirement, or those who are already retired and are lost souls.
This marvelous book just lacks one chapter to get people going: purpose.
I happily and luckily figured out the rules on my own via common sense. In my experience, though, what made me get up and "just do it" was a redefinition of my purpose in life. The rest was "just" a consequence.
Thank you to the authors!!!
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