This copy of “Younger Next Year:” A guide to living like 50 until you’re 80 and beyond is about:
- How men can turn back their biological clocks.
- How they can become functionally younger every year for years to come, and continue to live with vitality and grace into their eighties and beyond.
- How they can avoid 70% of the decay and eliminate 50% of the injuries and illnesses associated with getting older.
I have taken what the two authors researched and recommended to heart. I’ve been working out at the McCook YMCA since I moved back here in January 1989 and now have stepped it up to make sure my heart rate reaches what they recommend. I’ve also added weight workouts two days a week. So now my schedule meets their six day recommendation for exercise. It’s the diet part that I have not followed. I’m now starting to intergrade more fruits, vegetables, fish and olive oil.
A Real Life Example: My father lived a full and vibrant life until just shortly after his 98th birthday in August of 2012. When I returned to McCook in 1989 one of the first things he did was reintroduce me to the YMCA. It was not the same one I had spent my youth in but a much larger one with all the modern exercise equipment. Dad, as I have always called him, had started swimming 5 days a week once he retired in 1985 and possible before, I just don’t know. Dad loved swimming and did a half mile each morning about 0630 hours. He did that until some time in his late 80s he fell and broke his shoulder. Once he recovered for that he switched to a stationary bike and did that until one day in his 90s he caught his foot on the bike while dismounting, fell and had to have his hip replace.
Dad never had a problem keeping his weight at 185 pounds. I can remember in my youth watching him drop five pound prior to Thanksgiving so he could enjoy all the wonderful food Mom used to cook. If he needed to he would do it again just prior to Christmas. He never did eat much of the crap food Chris and Harry talk about in the book.
I didn’t mention that my father was a small town country doctor, and like Dr. Harry, an internist. He was a member of the “Greatest Generation” and served our country in the USN and spent two year taking care of soldiers and sailors in the Pacific. Our family returned to McCook in 1947 and both were very involved in the community. Dad was a member of the McCook Rotary Club for over 60 year and practiced the organizations motto “Service above self.” In fact, as I got to really know Dad once I matured and moved back to McCook, service to others was his life’s passion and it applied to his family, patients, friends, town of McCook, and the state of Nebraska.
Dad had is first pacemaker installed just before I moved back to McCook then in 1992 his first prosthesis, his left knee abut three months after Mom passed away. While going through PT at the hospital he met Devonnabelle from Culbertson, NE. Debelle, as he called her, was going through PT for a broken leg. Debelle and Dad became a item and ended up sharing a retirement unit in McCook after they could not travel the world together. By the time Dad called it quits he had both hips replaced, his left shoulder and three more pace makers. In the fall of 2012 he dislocated his left hip twice and went into left congestive heart failure. In December he entered the hospital for the 3rd time that fall for fluid in his lungs. He actually recovered from that but was so weak he needed to stay there. One day his cardiologist came in from Kearney to check up on him. While there Dad asked him if he placed a strong magnet over his pacemaker would it shut off so he could peacefully check out? His doctor said no, that it would only default back to 60 beats per minute. Then Dad asked him if he could shut off the pacemaker. The doctor’s answer was “Yes.” Dad’s next words were, “Let’s do it!” They scheduled the shutdown for a few days later.
After everyone had left Dad told me that he had made the decision because he could no longer be useful and could not take care of Debelle any longer. Taking care of others had always given his life meaning and now that he could no longer do that it was time to “check out.” “I’m 98 years old and it’s time to go.” My heart was broken as tears flowed down my face but I knew it was his life and his decision. The doctor ended up coming back that afternoon and turning off the pacemaker. A very simple procedure and I watched as Dad’s heart monitor dropped from 60 beats/minute to 34. Over the next couple of days Dad, Paul my younger brother, and I had several nice conversations as we watched him fading away. Finally, on January 11, 2013 Dad raised his right hand, took his last breathe and slipped away from us. Since that time my life has had something missing it, Dad. God is this hard to do.
I forgot to mention that Dad developed dry macular degeneration in both eyes so he could no longer see the television and struggle to read but one word at a time. He could bake his magical cookies and cook jellies and syrups. He mostly gave them to his friends and anyone who showed up at their retirement home door. He never stopped trying to learn something new and loved his music, especially opera. But mostly he loved taking care of Devonnabelle and others.
My reason for writing about Dad is that he lived the retired life just as Chris and Harry recommend we all should. He exercised, ate the right foods, cared about others, connected with them and had a passion for continuous learning, Devonnabelle and improving other’s lives.
Back to the book:
I located two youtube videos of the coauthors. I thought you might like a sample of Chris and Harry so when you read your own copy of their book you will see them. Neither is very long. Chris’s is very entertaining and Dr. Harry just gives the facts.
Dr. Henry (Harry) S Lodge, an internist from NYC.
Chris Crowley, a retired NYC attorney.
They say the secret, as taken from their book, is: “Over the millions of years of human development, both body and the brain have developed a system of messages that signal growth or decay. Now, because of the latest developments in fields as diverse as cell physiology, evolutionary biology, anthropology and ecology, we understand the messages – and how to control them.” 1) Exercise tells the body to grow. 2) Sitting too long tells the body to decay. 3) Eating a normal, balanced meal, tells the body to grow. 4) Overeating tells the body to decay 5) Connecting with family and friends tells the body to grow. 6) Isolation and stress tell the body to decay.
Harry’s seven rules can realistically be combined into the the follow three rules:
- Exercise six day a week for the rest of your lives.
- Stop eating Crap!
- Care, Connect and Commit.
A little more detail on each of the three rules:
- Exercise 6 days a week – for at least 45 minutes a day at 65% of your maximum heart rate. That’s 4 days doing aerobic exercises then the other two days doing weight training.
- Stop eating crap – They say not to go on a diet but to eat more fish, olive oil, vegetables and fruits. Cut back on the sugars and starchy foods. They are really bad for our bodies. They mention that the Mediterranean Diet is one that fits our body’s needs. We also need adequate sleep, somewhere around eight hours.
- Care, Connect and Commit – Care about others, family and friends. Connect with them and Commit to a purpose.
Harry say this: “This has been a deeply optimistic look at aging and for good reason. You have a choice in how the rest of your life goes, and it can be great. The rules are straightforward: Exercise hard and you will grow younger. Care about other people and you will grow happier. Build a life that you think means something and your will grow richer.”
I recommend you purchasing your own copy of this book so you can learn exactly why you need to exercise, eat better and care/connect & commit. I purchased my used copy from Amazon for a grand total of $4.00 to include shipping. There is a different copy for women which shows up at the bottom of the page. It has pink on the cover instead of the yellow one for me.
Here are two additional videos I felt complemented the information in the book.
1. Level of Exercise Predicts Quality of Life and longevity
2. Dr. David Servan-Schreiber’s A new way of life. When you watch this short video check out the books he has set up behind him. Might be some more good reading about diet.
3. Here’s a short online white paper author Dr. Harry Lodge wrote that pretty much sums up the biology side of the book.
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