Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and SexyUntil You're 80 and Beyond
Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and SexyUntil You're 80 and Beyond

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"I have lost 50 pounds over the last nine months by eating less, moving more, and changing the way I think. I am 62 and look better and feel better and have more energy than in the last 15 years."—Ron T.

" I read the wisdom put forth by Chris and Harry . . . [and] my next physical blew my doctor away. I am 74 and in better shape than when I was 50."—Jack S.

"Not a week goes by that I do not utter a silent prayer of thanks that Younger Next Year came into my life. You guys are saving the world one body at a time."—T. G.

Announcing the paperback edition of Younger Next Year, the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller, co-written by one of the country’s most prominent internists, Dr. Henry "Harry" Lodge, and his star patient, the 73-year-old Chris Crowley. These are the books that show us how to turn back our biological clocks—how to put off 70% of the normal problems of aging (weakness, sore joints, bad balance) and eliminate 50% of serious illness and injury. The key to the program is found in Harry's Rules: Exercise six days a week. Don't eat crap. Connect and commit to others. There are seven rules all together, based on the latest findings in cell physiology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and experimental psychology. Dr. Lodge explains how and why they work—and Chris Crowley, who is living proof of their effectiveness (skiing better today, for example, than he did twenty years ago), gives the just-as-essential motivation.

Both men and women can become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, then continue to live with newfound vitality and pleasure deep into our 80s and beyond.

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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Don't shoot the messenger

    4.0 out of 5 stars Don't shoot the messenger, May 9, 2008
    By David Smith "a 66 year old consumer"

    My wife and I have believed for some time that exercise and diet are critical to good health. These books and audio-books kick started us toward a healthier retirement.

    Written by an MD and his patient, the books offer Dr. Harry's scientific rationale for the proposed lifestyle without being too technical. The patient, Chris, comes off as a bit insensitive, elitist and chauvinistic, but his messages are worthwhile as he tells how he and others have turned their lives around with Dr. Harry's advice.

    If you don't believe in evolution, you probably shouldn't buy these books. Much of the science is based on Darwin. If mild profanity or sarcasm offends you, you may have a hard time with Chris. Those looking for a magic solution to better health won't find it in these books. The books supply the logic, the work is up to the reader. People already leading a healthy lifestyle probably won't learn too much.

    I've listened to both audio-books. I bought into the exercise early on and listen to the audios as I walk or bike. The men's is abridged and 7-1/2 hours, while the women's is unabridged and twice as long. I recommend listening to the men's audio and buying the women's book to flesh out certain points or concepts. The person reading Chris's part on the men's is easier to take than on the women's.

    I've read many of the reader's reviews and find the negative ones fall into four groups. Some were looking for an easy solution and don't want to do the work the book suggests. Others were already leading healthy lifestyles or believe they are and didn't find anything revolutionary in the books. The third group was offended by Chris for a variety of reasons and refused to listen to his messages. The last group felt there should have been specific exercise recommendations. One of the points made by the book was that we need to vary our exercise in order to keep up interest and including all the possibilities would have made a very long book.

    My only negative is in the quality of the audio. I found the men's version didn't play well on some of my CD players....more info
  • A Common Sense Guide For A Better Life
    This book provides the information necessary to understand how your body works and what you can do to keep it working at its best for a longer period of time. It has inspired me to go to the gym (for the first time at age 70) 5 days a week....more info
  • Great book, holds the fountain of youth.
    A wonderful book. The best thing I can say about it is that I am rereading it and enjoying it even more the second time! I was well along before I realized I was reading my first "aging book", but it is a good one. Only 4 stars because I get annoyed by some of the pseudo-scientific anthropological mythology, or whatever you want to call it, but you can skip over that easily enough. I really enjoy Chris's cynical and down to earth writing style, and Harry (the M.D.) provides some really solid physiology to give an understanding of how our bodies work and how to take care of them (daily exercise). This is a book I want to buy extra copies of to give to friends....more info
  • Runner
    A very wordy book that simply states the obvious: Exercise, eat right and eat less...more info
  • Interesting look at connection of exercise and body chemistry (3.6*s)
    This book is yet another look at aging, in this time of boomers reaching retirement, that is both breezy, on the part of retired lawyer Crowley, and watered-down scientific, on the part on gerontologist Lodge. Their concern is that the typical deterioration of a person's physical plant (body) and the onset of common afflictions, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and complications from falls, are entirely unnecessary and actually abnormal. They point out that the body is in a constant state of decay and growth, and that it is entirely possible to nurture the growth cycle in such a way that a person's body can resist decline and be healthy and strong well into one's eighties.

    Now comes the disheartening part for those hooked on medicines for well-being. Their prescription for life transformation is vigorous exercise six days a week, and preferably seven. Aerobic exercise at either low or high intensity levels must be done for a minimum of one hour at least four days a week and some form of weightlifting at least twice a week. This is not optional. Vigorous exercise is completely in accordance with our body's chemistry developed over millions of years which enabled man to survive by covering many miles everyday hunting and gathering food. Our sedentary lifestyles are completely out of balance with our internal chemistry.

    For the more scientifically inclined, Lodge outlines a simplified version of our body's cycle of decay and growth. He introduces two essential chemicals, cytokine-6 (C-6) and cytokine-10 (C-10). C-6 is in control of decay and inflammation, but also stimulates the production of C-10, the chemical for repair and growth. Unfortunately, the steady, low-level production of C-6 causes decay but is insufficient to stimulate C-10. C-10, and thereby cellular repair, is produced only when exercise produces a threshold level of C-6. Inactivity, poor nutrition, and high levels of stress brought on by any number of social situations all permit C-6 to predominate in our bodies.

    The book has some practical suggestions for exercise and for nutrition, with overeating and consuming too much sugar and saturated fat being especially harmful. The authors continually emphasize the positive benefits of being socially connected and having absorbing work and/or hobbies, most of which is well known. The main contribution of the book is the emphasis on exercise being necessary given our physical/chemical structure.

    The book is organized in a ping-pong fashion with first Crowley, then Lodge, weighing in. It is somewhat repetitious and there is a pervasive optimism, verging on the excessive. Sometimes personal testimony can add, but author Crowley's fixation on his skiing prowess at age seventy is a bit much. Furthermore, his multiple expensive vacations and the purchasing of expensive custom bicycles, rowing equipment, and the like gets tiresome. His recommendation of perhaps the most expensive bicycle touring company in existence is not helpful.

    The book is by no means a how-to book on exercise, nor particularly expansive on nutrition. The body chemistry angle is of most interest. Unless that would be interesting, buy yourself a decent pair of walking shoes, quit overeating, and start exercising. Save the money on the book.
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  • More Accurate Title: Exercise or Die!
    This book is one of those "bright guy with promotional savvy teams up with credentialed guy to sell a publisher (and eventually you and me) on another self-help book of recycled, common-sensical wisdom." But in spite of the title's pitch to human vanity, these guys will motivate you to exercise because it's your "job": your life depends on it! And the book is written with elan (not to mention clarity) and with a prescient awareness that evolution, global-warming, even science are back in, and probably here to stay. Other books might simply tell you to jump on your bike each morning; this one, on the other hand, retreats 2 1/2 billion years and takes you (painlessly) through Darwinian theory before sending you off on your Schwin.

    No question about it: for these authors exercise trumps--and by a wide margin--diet, meditation and genes. In nature all creatures live long enough to reproduce before submitting to "natural depression," a state of inertia in which all energy reserves are used to produce body fat to sustain life just long enough to postpone the inevitable. For most human beings, however, the appearance of progeny (or even, for that matter, "retirement") is not "mission accomplished" but a warning that henceforward exceptional measures will be required to maintain the momentum that is the inherent right of the human individual.

    The authors take their lessons from nature but, unlike many books of Eastern wisdom, they don't end up with recommendations to follow the examples provided by nature. The publisher's hyped title aside, the book is a better motivator than many because it explains why: 1. exercise is more than a narcissistic vanity project; 2. health is not a simple matter of letting nature take its course. In fact, some pain and suffering are to be expected when going against nature, but less so than by not doing so. I doubt many health books can compare with the emphatic nature of these martinets, who insist that anything less than 6 daily hour-long work-out sessions per week is to invite entropy (my word--theirs is "decay"). And if you're over 50, you'd better make it 7 days a week to lower the enormous odds your facing (nature's "tidal wave" is the authors' term for it).

    But there's help along the way, not excluding the company of many others in the same boat. The authors' message--by acknowledging some unpleasant truths and applying them to all human beings--winds up being more positive and persuasive than most similar books and is, moreover, likely to stick with the reader. If a further testimonial is needed, since reading this book over a month ago, not a day has gone by that this former couch potato/ champion "rationalizer" hasn't hit the treadmill.

    [At this point, I feel compelled to offer at least a small pacifier to readers hampered by guilt over not maintaining programs such as those prescribed by the authors. Need the book produce more guilt? Not if you subscribe to much Eastern philosophy (even as popularized by the Dahlai Lami, the Maharishi, and Deepak Chopra). Although the book tries to accommodate the new emphasis on the mind's role in what modern science calls the quantum mechanical universe, for the most part, it follows the traditional paradigm of Western medicine, which is to view the body as some sort of machine requiring regular maintenance. But another paradigm sees mind as 90% (if not 100%) of the "real" cosmos and the self as a "microcosmos," a field of consciousness from which all physical manifestations proceed. Think of the nonagenarians you've known and the place of a vigorous exercise regimen in their lives. Did they join a gym, as these authors insist we all must do? Or, getting back to our former President--early to bed, early to rise, and devoted to his exercise program every morning. To borrow from the authors' title, how much "younger" did he look when he left office? (Aside from throwing out his back, Cheney appeared to age less!) From an Eastern worldview, rather than punish the body it makes more sense to exercise the mind, "toning" the body sufficiently for the mind to participate in that vast energy field known as consciousness. Sure, it makes me feel better to run that mile or lift a few weights--but no more alive than to have wrestled with a Shakespeare sonnet for an hour or two.]...more info
  • Where is my book?
    I never received my book and my money was refunded. Why? I never received an explanation. The book may be good, I don't know. The service is not good. I'm assigning zero stars to this review, if possible (it won't let me). This transaction was a big zero even though I was forced to assign it one star which is far to good for this purchase....more info
  • Younger Is as Younger Does
    Of all the anti-aging books I've seen, this is one of most laid back and entertaining. It's written by two guys. Harry, the doctor, covers the science aspects of aging, while the other guy, Chris, talks about applying the info.

    The book is centered around "Harry's Rules." These are seven rules for the reader to follow. They include such things as "Quit eating crap" or "Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life." While they might seem to be basic pieces of information, they are sound advice and have some science behind them.

    All-in-all, I found this to be a very informative and amusing book and I'd recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book on aging. The realistic key here is not to go into things thinking you're going to STOP the aging process, rather think of SLOWING DOWN the aging process. Aging readers may also find Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff helpful as 54% of people over the age of 60 get a torn rotator cuff....more info
    You're like me - you've exercised and been active FOREVER!

    But, this book will truly help you do it BETTER! Good technical information, good recommendations for planning your exercise, good long term approach - and good RESULTS!

    Especially applicable for those of us who can still remember Marilyn Monroe!!!!
    Helen Selig...more info
  • finally, common sense and real-world advice.
    If you have read any of my other reviews you know that I am skeptical of diet/lifestyle books because most of them have unrealistic promises and unrealistic expectations for the readers. While this book offers significant changes and requires a great deal of effort on the part of the reader it also offers very realistic and attainable goals. The premise is simple, exercise and eat right and you will likely remain healthy and vital into your latter years, at least more likely than if you continue to be sedentary and eat poorly. There are no shortcuts or "secrets" in these pages, just simple, common sense advice....more info
    It is a very good book for anyone concerned about aging. We get more aware of our age at the time of retirement. Switching from a daily-work routine to a totally new idea of all-time-holidays is often not as pleasurable as we expected thirty or more years before. At that difficult time, it is very helpful to focus on the Four Pillars of Longevity as suggested by the authors of the book: 1. Six-times-a-week exercising. 2. Eating for nutrition, not for any other reason. Focusing on fruits and vegetables. 3. Avoiding boredom, developing your hobbies. 4. Connecting with many other people - creating a solid circle of friends. The book provides some good medical background for these readers that like to understand why certain things are happening. Another book well worth reading is Stop the Age Clock: Look 20 Years Younger, 20 Pounds Lighter and 200% Prettier in Only 20 Days Both books are worth reading!...more info
  • Maybe not what you want to hear but....
    Yep, you need to exercise pretty regularly. Otherwise you start getting decrepit. This book helps inspire the necessary actions in a fairly matter of fact but entertaining way. It is not a how to book but more geared towards motivation and how not to screw up your life. One thing it does miss though is the need for stretching to prevent injury. I still give it five stars since the message is pretty spot on....more info
  • What and Why...On to the How
    Younger Next Year is wonderful. It tells us men of a certain age what we need to do in the way of exercise (Chris Crowley) and why we need to do it (Harry Lodge) After you have finished it read "The 8 Colors of Fitness" for help on the "how" dealing with the mental part. Together you have the "what" the "why" and the "how." and you are on your way to exercise success. I've bought copies for a bunch of pals and they've all been pleased....more info
  • Ordered a used book. satisfied with book condition and timely delivery.
    I ordered a specific book, and was offered a used book at a lower price, much lower. Even could pick good or fair condition. I picked good and got a paperback in excellent condition. Shipping was misleading. Least expensive said delivery maybe up to 20 days, and then for maybe twice as much could get in 3-4 days. Suspecting they were the same, I went for the slow delivery, and sure enough, it showed up in 3 or 4 days. This to me looked like a misleading way to improve profit on the book....more info
  • Half Good
    About half of the program was informative and interesting by a guy with some real credentials (Harry). The other half was very boring, being lectured to by a pompous wind bag (Chris) bragging about how great he is and in such great condition for a man of his age. I should get half of my money back....more info
  • A guide to the Fountain of Youth!
    Great book!!! I heard about this book on talk radio and ordered it the same day. It is truly an easy read. I couldn't put it down and most importantly I'm back on track to being younger again. This should be mandatory reading for everyone over 40. About a year ago I decided to take control of my life, lose weight and improve my fitness. After losing 25 pounds and feeling great, I slipped back into my sedentary life style. In a very short time I lost the vitality I had when I exercised. This book got me moving again and I don't plan to ever stop. Great message. Well written! Thanks to the authors! ...more info
  • An awesome read for future old farts
    Mr. Crowley and Dr. Lodge take a topic that society loves to overcomplicate and "dumb" it down to some simple rules:

    1. Excercise
    2. Don't eat bad stuff
    3. Connect
    4. Committ

    I would recommend this book to anyone. ...more info
  • Younger Next Year.....
    Great, inspirational book.Makes you want to go from the "Reading" Stage to the "Doing" Stage....more info
  • Living with Exercise
    Book speaks directly to the necessity of a lifestyle which includes daily excercise and persuades the reader with rhetoric and empirical data. ...more info
  • Darwin to extreme
    I am sure the book comes to some some great heath tips, but I didn't get that far. The one author brags in the first chapters about the other who is his doctor. I finally start getting to some meat and find that the Dr. believes I have evolved from multiple other organisms and this is why my body reacts to food and exercise the way it does.

    Not being a believer in Darwinian Evolution, I found this all pretty hard to swallow. While I still have intentions to finish reading the book, I haven't touched it since Christmas.

    If you believe that your brain has three different parts that are remnants of your less evolved ancestors, you will like the book.

    No kidding, I haven't ever read anything that is so geared towards outrageous evolutionary claims....more info

    The authors' premise is great. Workout and eat right and your quality of like will increase. This book is targeted at the non-exerciser who's quality of life is decreasing as they age. However, is working out 45 minutes a day, six days a week realistic? It's probably not, unless your are extremely motivated. Once workouts become aversive, motivation decreases. Setup a home gym, mixup aerobic and weight worksouts and use the ideas in the book to develop your own program that correspondes to your motivational and comfort level. ...more info
  • until you're 80? Gotta like that!
    I have been 'sampling' this book all year, and every time I pick it up I learn or reinforce a good habit. I like the plain language, the admonishment to avoid all "diets" in favor of establishing lifelong healthy practices, and the occasional humor. Disclosure: in my late 20s I had some health issues with my heart, was putting on the pounds since college, and had high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I had an epiphany at age 28, when told "if you don't change how you live, you will die by the time you're 55." I cleaned up my act - fear is a great motivator - and set a goal of wearing the same size clothes at age 66 as when I got married at age 22. So do I focus a lot on my health? Well, yes. And at age 52 I weigh what I did when I married, wear the same size clothes, and pay attention to everything I put into my body. And dang... my body keeps fighting back - every year it gets harder and harder to maintain. That's why I like this book. How can you not like the title - " until you're 80 and beyond?!" ...more info
  • life Changing Read
    If you are feeling old get this book. It will give you hope again. What a great job by the authors. Not anonther inter-personal babble book. This book is full of facts that will help you enjoy life again. I am going to the gym and feeling much younger. Was always active until I was told at 53 I had cancer and 18 months to live. It was a mistake but really affected me mentaly. This book got me out of the self-pity hole I had dug for myself and back to living life again. I don't usualy get so excited by a book. I have bought a copy for my 60 year old brother and 74 year old neighbor. Both of them feel the same way. ...more info
  • You will have an education after reading this.
    That pretty much sums up this book. Quality, quality and more quality information.
    The chapters are balanced by the 2 authors. One of them is an M.D. who writes the more technical and biological sides of the book, and the other is a retirement age gentleman who focuses on the physical and exercise portion of the book. As some of the other reviewers are saying, some of the chapters can be a little dry or overly technical. This is a wonderful educational tool, for getting in shape at any age. This book will provide you with the ability to see through any fad or trendy diet. It's a wonderful educational tool....more info
  • If you are over 50 you will find this book fascinating
    I found this book, recommended by my doctor (he tells all his patients over 50 to buy it), completely changed my mental approach to excercise. I went from a once a week excerciser to once a day.

    Illuminating, funny, NOT LIKE YOUR NORMAL HOW TO BOOKS. Written by New Yorkers who are sympathetic to those who feel they can squeeze by in life without excercise.

    I NEVER thought I would excercise like this, but I am a convert.

    ...more info
  • Younger Next Year
    Younger Next Year is co-authored by a doctor and his patient. The back and forth interaction between the authors gives you the science and the practical use/application of the plan to change your life forever. As a former marathon runner who still trains this book was a jump-start back to things I knew in the aerobics realm and a much-needed reinforcement of the understanding of the importance of training everyday and how both aerobic and anaerobic training are necessary to have the life God created you to have.
    The only problem I had with the book is that Dr. Chris is a dyed-in-the-wool evolutionist and I am a strict creationist. I simply through away all of his evolutionary tripe and took the factual science at face value and found that I still could extract valuable lessons for my life. I challenge you to read Younger Next Year and then change your life....more info
  • Chris and Harry provide the first step to your "FITNESS COMEBACK"
    This is where your fitness comeback starts. Authors Chris and Harry translate the latest physiology science into a meaningful and motivating foundation for creating a life-long fitness habit. My wife and I have read most of the books out there, and this is the one that really got us moving. Lock yourself up for a weekend and read it straight through with a highlighter. You'll end up on Monday as a changed person, finally understanding WHY you need to exercise.

    See my Amazon Listmania list of other items, "Fitness Comeback Essentials," to help along your new journey. Here's the link:

    ...more info
  • Younger Next Year
    I'm not a fan of self help books but had to read this for an assignment. It changed my life. I've given out 11 copies to family and friends. It's a grown up book that talks in a language of real life. It gives you a way to think about how to fight illness and live longer with a better quality of life, not just exsist!...more info
  • A Must Read for anyone 50 or Over
    I purchased this book about a year ago, based on the recommendation of an accountant friend , who is about 65. He told me how the book changed his life and he was now able to enjoy life because he was physically fit. I was 57 at the time and weighed 215 lbs. I took his advice and purchased the book and completed the book in three evenings. This book, was my wake up or call to eat properly and exercise on a regular basis and to include strength and weight training and cardio exercises. I always felt uncomfortable at gyms because I was not familiar with the machines and weight equipment . After using a PT for 4-6 weeks, I was taught how to use the machines and how to properly exercise. This book has given me the motivation to commit to physical fitness 4-5 days a week. In 12 months I have lost 35 lbs and hope to lose another 10. Having lost the weight, I sleep better, feel better and I am rarely tired during the day. Fortunately, my wife was interested, so I purchased the edition for women and that book too, has changed her life. Now our focus is on living another 35 years effectively. All I can say , is, thanks to the authors and to my accountant friend. One suggestion, is that you count your calories, and purchase an inexpensive calorie counting program( under $25), and make yourself accountable to the accountant in you, and count those calories, it works.........more info
  • this book inspired me!
    I have read and reviewed many diet and exercise books. But, this book truly inspired me. I read it one year ago, and I can say that I feel truly younger this year! I have lost 2 sizes, have more energy, and I don't need a nap in the middle of the day any more. I am thrilled with the new me!...more info
  • Some warnings
    In many ways, this book is important, and I recommend reading it. It contains some valuable insights I've not seen treated before, such as Lodge's physiological hypotheses concerning the balance between bodily decay and repair, which he posits as a lifelong ballet that determines who lives, who dies, and when. Crowley's contributions, however, are deeply troubling. As a macho 70-year-old, obviously proud of his athletic prowess, he continually recommends athletic activities that are unlikely to appeal to most women or to more than about 15% of the male population that enjoys and excels at sports, or that wants to develop some "abs and pecs of death." He gives some other very bad advice as well, which you can read about on my website, [...]...more info
  • An excellent book for major lifestyle issues.
    As a practicing physician, I strongly agree with the main points made in this book, namely, the need for frequent, aerobic excercise and the importance of eating the right foods. The strong points of this book are its humorous, easy-to-read style, and the emphasis on the fact that exercise and what we eat will not just make us feel better and look younger, but will really help us to live longer. The authors provide ample factual material to bolster their case, and then outline in detail what you have to do to get on board, in terms of the types and amount of excercise, and details about the right foods. I have read several books on health and aging, and this one is probably the best. I don't agree with the underlying world view of the authors, which is decidedly evolutionary, but the basic tenets of the book are certainly valid. The book should inspire you to take better care of your body and to live a longer, healthier, and happier life. There is plently of helpful information in this book to help anyone who is serious about doing this. We only have one body, so why not take care of it?...more info
  • younger next year
    I bought the book and followt the diet and exercise program. It is working for me and i recommend it to others....more info
  • a lotta rah-rah, no meat
    Mailman from Jacksonville, FL said it best in a prior review:
    "... this hypocritical piece of drivel merely repackages (in between the lies) the following old concepts:

    1. Exercise regularly
    2. Eat sensibly
    3. Enjoy your friends
    4. Find a job or hobby that you can be passionate about

    Sadly, Crowley's and Lodge's passion, like so many other salesmen before them, is focused primarly on separating your money from you with little to no return on your investment. "

    I bought this on a whim in an airport bookstore. Nothing on the cover gives a clue that it's written for men. Oh well, at least I hoped I could pass it along to my husband for inspiration. I changed my mind after a few dozen pages - he is a health professional himself and likely to find this book even more insulting than I did! I found most of Lodge's Prevention-Magazine level information somewhat interesting, but Crowley's good-old-boy, backslapping tone terribly offputting.

    I give it 2 stars rather than 1 only in that it might be a good motivator for guys who need to improve their lifestyle yet are not already reading health/diet/exercise/lifestyle information. It's possible that a book format may reach audiences that have not already found this commonly available information via the internet, newspapers, magazines, TV, etc....more info
  • Changed my views on aging and inspired me to live differently
    This was a gift and, admittedly, not my favorite one. The title and the cover were enough to discourage me.

    Once I started reading it, however, the basic premise made so much sense - and was backed with just the right mix of science and common sense - that I found it extremely compelling.

    The authors make the case that our concept of aging is wrong. Instead of thinking of our bodies as machines that naturally wear down over time, we are living organisms that are constantly in a process of decay and regrowth. As such, there is nothing natural about the many afflictions associated with old age. They are a result of an unnatural, sedentary lifestyle and are absolutely avoidable.

    We are, literally, *designed* to move every day; to be social and establish significant relationships; and to eat reasonably well (or at least not junk). The resulting advice - exercise, eat right and be socially active - isn't terribly new. The way it's delivered, however, is very refreshing and resonated with me.

    The informal style of some of the chapters may not appeal to some. Also, it is most relevant to people closer to retirement. I'm 44, though, and overall I found the book to be educational and inspiring. More important, it changed my views on aging and motivated me to change my exercise and eating habits. For the first time, I can see how growing old doesn't *have* to come with the usual ailments and what I need to do to avoid them....more info
  • Younger Next Year
    Since reading this book I have purchased it as a gift for three different persons. I hope you'll agree that that is a real endorsement for the book....more info
  • Where is my book?
    I never received my book and my money was refunded. Why? I never received an explanation. The book may be good, I don't know. The service is not good. I'm assigning zero stars to this review, if possible (it won't let me). This transaction was a big zero even though I was forced to assign it one star which is far to good for this purchase....more info
  • You gotta show up!
    I love this book, and have come back to it on several occasions. The two key phrases that keep inspiring me are:

    1) You will be "younger" next year, not next week.

    2) Aerobic exercise saves your life; strength training makes it worth living.

    Although there are a couple of "long-winded" chapters, this book is a gem of knowledge, and indeed their proposed health plan makes lots of sense. I have been doing "stair-climber" for 45-60 minutes almost every day since being inspired by this book, and results are starting to show!

    Though it's targeted for the 50+ age group, I recommend it for everyone!

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  • Crudely Written
    I bought the book to learn more about my body as I age and to prepare my body for the years ahead. But, I found that the authors are crude and often times gross in their writing. Their gutter vulgarity is not entertainment and by all means does not help a reader learn about his need for exercise. The whole book is a celebration of the authors' egos and lack of communication skills. Finally, the authors' attempt to educate the readers gets lost in their rambling and the many nonsense events in their lives THEY believe pertinent to keeping one's body fit. ...more info
  • Younger Next Year
    This is the best book I have read on exercise and life style for folks over 50! ...more info
  • The best information and advice about exercise and more
    I have read many books and listened to many audio books about exercise, healthy nutrition and anti - aging. This one is by far the best especially the section about exercise. Lots of books write about the benefits on health of regular proper exercise. Younger Next Year goes beyond this by describing the biology of exercise, strength training, aerobic and unaerobic exercise, burning fat vs. burning sugar, why a heart rate monitor is necessary for any kind of exercise, how to use a heart rate monitor, how to test your cardiovasular fitness, an exercise program for beginners and another one for the already fit, mistakes to avoid in exercise, the importance of exercising within your heart rate zones, how often to do what kind of exercise, the risks associated with overexertion and training above 80 % of your maximum heart rate per minute, the benefits of skiing, cycling, rowing etc. particularly for maintaining good health and for becoming younger next year are very clearly explained. The information and advice on exercise is relevant not only for middle aged and old people who want to benefit from exercise but also for young people even for athletes and participants of various competitive sports. Because it is based on a knowledge of the biology of exercise. Moreover in my opinion a lot of performance sports people unawaringly exercise in wrong ways for short term performance gains at the expense of their long term health. I came across many sports coaches who don't know many of the things explained in Younger Next Year about exercise and sports. They too certainly have a lot to learn from this book / audio book. A very large section of the book is devoted to exercise from the beginning.

    The other things needed to be younger next year according to the book are proper nutrition, developing and maintaining friendships and social relationships by participating in community activities, touching your loved ones, having hobbies, playing, taking care of your finances by spending less than your income and intelligently investing the surplus etc. They are all important and necessary. Proper nutrition does not mean dieting. According to the authors diets don't work. All you need to do is to stop eating crap.

    All these topics are explained in the audiobook by two co - authors : Chris Crowley a 70 year old ( oops ! 70 year young ) guy and Henry S. Lodge MD, Chris's doctor who is an expert on the biology of exercise and nutrition. They take turns to speak so the listener does not have to listen to the same voice throughout the audio book and get bored. Chris gives a lot of real life cases in a humorous and sometimes sarcastic way without offending. He uses language very skillfully. So does Henry. You enjoy yourself while learning a lot by listening to these gentlemen from the audiobook. I listened to it over and over again.

    You don't have to be unfit to benefit from Younger Next Year. You may discover and confirm that you are exercising and eating properly to a large extent already. I discovered that my exercise program was 80 % correct already. I started correcting the 20 % by starting to do low and intensive aerobic exercise in my heart rate zones. I also decided to buy a heart rate monitor and am researching one. The correctness of my nutrition was confirmed by this book. However, I need to work more on my finances and developing social relationships.

    This is a book / audio book that should be read / listened to regulary once every few weeks to stay on the right track. I strongly recommend it to people of all ages. I also visited the web site by the same authors, it is also very good. You may want to take a look at that too.
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  • Younger Next Year
    The best book purchase I have made in a long time. Inspired me to make necessay life-style changes....more info
  • Healthy Next year
    Life changing! When you turn 50 this should be required reading. Everything changes from here on....It's all good now! Thanks to this book! Buy it, read it and buy more for all your friends!...more info
  • Health
    Love it! Bought it as a gift for my husband and he probably won't listen. I borrowed the women edition from the local library and was motivated so thought it would make a great gift. I listen to it and read the women edition I also purchased where I enjoy both. It's really quite entertaining and full of interesting information. I may disagree with a few things but really I can't say enough good about it....more info
  • Not new info
    Paperback: Each page fell out of the book as I read the page. OK for motivation to start a program. The new-age pseudo-science is boring....more info


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