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)
And Funny too! I am a 54 year old woman. I've been working out about 6 days a week .. every week since I was 21....so as the book says I don't look 54. But I have been suffering from burn out the last few years. Over 30 years of going to the gym...can't I catch a break? This book got me excited again. It provided me with reasons to keep going and I loved his naration. I found it well written, funny, and I intend to listen to it again as soon as I finish.
This book has got me off my butt and back into exercise mode. Chris speaks to you as if he is your best buddy. Henry gives you the details of how your body works and why he is recommending particular types of activities. Most of the book focuses on exercise stating that it is the most difficult aspect of the program. This is a great book for anyone who needs a little push to get started exercising. It's written to appeal to men but women can get the same benifits.
I'm a 51 year old woman and found it extremely motivational. I have gone to the gym for most of my life and this book helped me understand why heart rate, nutrition and good relationships are so important.
I have also changed up my routine since reading the book and I am having better results for my age.
Chris's language is a bit gritty, but I'm sure you men will appreciate that. I do wish there was more for women in it.
Love the narrators, love the concept - folks have been telling me this same stuff for years, but this is written in a down to earth understandable style that finally puts it into perspective. Only downside is: this version is ABRIDGED! Offer the unabridged version and I'll buy it again!
One of the best books on fitness and health I've read. The authors discuss why we grow and why we decay -- has a lot to do with our precarious life on the open savanah in Africa. Exercise signals our primitive brain that it is time for the hunt -- build bone, build muscle, build circulatory capacity, get ready for action. Inactivity tells our primitive brain that winter is upon us -- slow down, eat a lot, shut down unnecessary functions, etc. So in evolutionary terms, our modern, sedentary life is constant "winter." The book is full of practical advice and is entertaining -- I think the combo of patient/physician is a great one.
Bill Yarberry, Houston, Texas
I am a 43 year old physician and I found this book to be very informative, educational and motivational. I am recommending it to all of my friends and some patients. I am only giving it 3 stars because of the painful over the top reading of the parts for Chris Crowley. This book has co-authors and the person reading the Chris Crowley parts is so painful to listen to that I bought the book so I could read his portions of the book. The reader for Mr. Crowley is overly dramatic and ruined HIS portions of this book for me. However if you can get through the book, you will do yourself a big favor. The results are amazing.
I'm a 40-something woman--not the intended audience for this book--but I loved it. Complex physiological aging processes are explained in a clear and motivational way. So are exercise benefits. I loved the focus on health rather than appearance, and the straightforward, you-can-take-it-you're-a-grownup style. There was plenty of substance for me AND it was HILARIOUS. I find it easier now to do the things I know I should do (eat right, exercise regularly). If I can get my husband to listen to it, I'm sure he will like it.
Aimed at men, it was a good mix of motivation and the "whys" of how the program works. The authors don't tell you specifically what to do to exercise (there are plenty of other books for that), but they damn well tell you why you shouldn't wait another day to start. If you're over 50, 60 or 70 it's not too late and in fact it's aimed at you. If you're under 50 (but getting close) you'll see the long term benifits of beginning a long-term exercise program and looking at your life now to prepare for the "last third" and making that last third as much fun as the middle third!
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.
I laughed, I learned and I shared. This book tells it like it is for the last third of your life, in a very funny way. My wife is now listening to the edition for women and we are having fun discussing what she is learning each time she takes a listen. It is bringing us closer by presenting dialog to us that we would have trouble discussing otherwise.
Both narrators sound like used-car salesmen and come across as smug, insincere, conniving and with an agenda. There are a few golden nuggets hidden in the book, but really only enough to fill a few pages and the rest seems to be a waste. I would not recommend this audiobook at all
The narration is annoying. The two voices sound like they are from beer or toothpaste commercials. Totally artificial and disingenuous
There are some nuggets up to the point I couldn't take any more. Exercise more regularly, eat more healthy food, be bold and join groups. Hmmm
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