I read a book, 5 years ago called Younger Next Year for Women by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. While I thought it was good, the focus audience is women 50 plus. Since I was still in my 30s then, it didn’t really resonate with me. When I came across it again recently, I decided to reread it. This time the book changed my life. The premise is that there are things you can do to improve the quality and longevity of your life. The authors are a doctor and patient with the doctor giving the science behind the ideas and the patient telling of his own experiences. They relate aging and physical decay to the tide of the ocean. It’s continuously coming in and each time it takes over a bit more of the shore. So while aging and decay is inevitable, their argument is that by following their program, you can keep the tide from coming in too quickly. The program consists of 7 rules that need to be implemented. Rule #1 is “Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life.”
While I’ve been a serial exerciser my whole life, I’ve never attacked it as something I have to do, every day, for the rest of my life. Thinking about it that way has been a big change in thinking for me. The book says to consider it a job, so that’s how I’ve been attacking it. Now when I don’t feel like working out, I tell myself I have to go to my second job and that often helps me get moving. One of the authors, Chris, gives lots of great suggestions. He encourages readers to join a gym and try group fitness classes or activities. He also suggests that readers find an athletic passion to make the working out more fun. I’ve taken those suggestions to heart. I’ve been playing tennis lately, a sport I’ve loved my whole life. I’ve also tried Zumba, which is totally out of my comfort zone, and I’m enjoying it immensely!
I’ll probably talk a lot more about this great book, but I encourage everyone to read it. There’s even a version more geared towards men called, Younger Next Year, as well several other books. They also have a website: http://youngernextyear.com