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.
For the life of me, I can't figure out why everyone loves this book! It was such a BORE to me that I didn't even want to listen to it during my dental work....the buzz of the drill was more exciting!
As a 49 year old woman, I agree 100% with the basic premise of the book; however how many times do you have to hear "Exercise 6 days a week for an hour?" THERE IS NOTHING NEW IN THIS BOOK.
I knew I should have been exercising right alarm but when Harry explaining the subtleties of evolutionary biology and the reasons for exercise I found it very motivating.
One of the best
Realizing this does NOT just apply to people 60+ years old. This stuff applies to everyone. The way it is presented is in relation to people who have come to terms with their mortality, but even at 30 I need to start thinking about that!
You have to exercise every day (or 6 days a week, technically). Period. We evolved from humans who exercised every day and our body must have it to help stay disease free.
Absolutely fantastic book. I have read a lot of health/fitness/diet books that are a lot more technical but none come close to being as entertaining and flat out motivating.
Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
Overall, the book is very good and filled with humor and fun statements. The continuous references to their religious (Darwinian) beliefs became annoying mid-way through the book. However, the book is filled with enough very good material that I finished it. I have been a "health nut" for nearly 4 decades and this is a good book for those entering into the second half of life. Their outline for fitness and health is worth the price of admission, even for experienced health and fitness "nuts". If you are following a vegan or vegetarian approach to life, make note that they recommend dairy, fish, and other non vegetarian approaches to diet.
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes, with the above statements and if possible the rating would be a 3.5.
This is a life changing book for me. The perspective on how long it took our cellular metabolism to evolve (Many thousands of years) versus the time we have entered into the lifestyle of not hunting and gathering was profound. That is what sold me on his ideas and since 2006 I have increased my activity level by 100% to 4 or 5 workouts a week. A turnaround in energy and the metrics of my annual physical exam. Without a doubt I feel younger and the doc backs up my biological age as getting better (who cares about the chronological age?). I have recommended this book and bought copies for family members. Enjoy and good health. PS the endurance is great in ALL aspects of life.
I chose this book as part of Audibles New Years Promotion. I can truly say this book has changed my life. I put its doctrine into use after the first of this year and have not looked back. The book is well written and interesting as well has humorous. The readers are excellent. I felt like I was listening to the authors speak. If you need a change in your lifestyle, READ THIS BOOK!. I actually bought 5 of these after listening to it, to give to friends.
"Younger Next Year" is an intriguing book that gives advice on how to maintain maximum health during the ages of 50 to 80. Bottom line: work out very hard six days a week including lifting weights, stop eating junk, be emotionally committed to somebody and some cause/goal. The book describes how decay is a natural state in old age and advocates the previous tasks to prevent your body from believing that it is alright to decay. This version of the book was written by men for men. Two out of the four male friends I have who read it loved it and the other two found the tone, writing style, or theory to be frustrating. There is also a version of the book for women, and I have no idea whether it is any good (although I would think many of the basic principles would still apply).
This book is very eye opening. We're all raised to think that as we get older we will slow down, things will start to hurt and we will slowly fade away. This book dispels that myth and teaches you exactly what is happening to our bodies, and how todays lifestyle is killing us, literally.
This is not the type of book I would normally read, but I'm glad I did. It has me on the road to living a much longer and more satisfying life then I would have otherwise, and I'm only in my 40's.
While this book is heavily focused on men, the message works for men and women, and I've encouraged many people to read this book, and even gifted it to a few friends. I'm actually excited about my physical future now.
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