Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“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. Lodges science and very good at convincing the reader that, if youre a fifty-year-old man, youd 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.”
— Kirkus Reports
“An extraordinary book . . . it is easy to read, the science is right, and if one follows Henry Lodges and Chris Crowleys 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 The New York Times
“One long, exuberant New Year’s resolution.”
— The New York Times The New York Times
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"Brain-rattling, irresistible, hilarious. If you're up for it...[this book] could change your life."
—The Washington Post The Washington Post
Congratulations, you are about to get younger. Dr. Henry Lodge provides the science. Chris Crowley provides the motivation. And through their New York Times bestselling program, you'll discover how to put off 70 percent of the normal problems of aging—weakness, sore joints, bad balance—and eliminate 50 percent of serious illness and injury. How, in fact, to become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, and continue to live with newfound vitality and pleasure. The message is simple: Learn to train for the next third of your life, and you'll have a ball.
About the Author
Chris Crowley is Dr. Lodge's 80-year-old patient—the relentless drum-beater for YOUNGER NEXT YEAR and the living proof that Harry’s Rules work: It is possible to turn back the biological clock.Harry Lodge, a board-certified internist, is listed variously as "One of the Best Doctors in New York/America/the World." He heads a 20-doctor practice in Manhattan and is the Robert Burch Family Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical School. He is the co-author of the bestselling YOUNGER NEXT YEAR.
Table of Contents
Part One: Take Charge of Your Body
Chapter 1: The End of the World
Chapter 2: How's Your Wife
Chapter 3: The New Science of Aging
Chapter 4: Swimming Against the Tide
Chapter 5: The Biology of Growth and Decay: Things That Go Bump in the Night
Chapter 6: Life is an Endurance Event: Train for It
Chapter 7: The Biology of Exercise
Chapter 8: The Heart of the Matter: Aerobics
Chapter 9: The Kedging Trick
Chapter 10: A World of Pain: Strength Training
Chapter 11: The Biology of Strength Training
Chapter 12: The Ugly Stick and Other Curiosities
Chapter 13: Chasing the Iron Bunny
Chapter 14: Don't You Lose a Goddamn Pound!
Chapter 15: The Biology of Nutrition: Thinner Next Year
Chapter 16: "The Drink"
Part Two: Take Charge of Your Life
Chapter 17: "Teddy Doesn't Care!"
Chapter 18: The Limbic Brain and the Biology of Emotion
Chapter 19: Connect and Commit
Chapter 20: Things That Go Bump in the Morning: The New Sexual Life
Chapter 21: Relentless Optimism