Book Review: Younger Next Year

Many of us are living in the final third of our lives. It’s past halftime. The sound of the marching bands playing at mid-life is a distant memory.

As we enjoy this final portion of life there are also a number of fears. Fear of financial well-being. Will we outlive our savings? Fear for our family. Will our children grow up to be all that we can hope for? Grandkids hopefully.

And then one of our greatest fears as we age is our health. Will we be healthy enough to enjoy these “golden years”?

A good friend of mine, Mark Walker, gave me this book last month and it has answered a number of burning questions I had about my health today and in the future. The New York Times bestseller, Younger Next Year, was written by two friends: a writer/attorney, Chris Crowley and a very successful general practitioner, Dr. Henry Lodge. Collectively, they address many of the health issues and opportunities anyone in their fifties or older may have in mind.

The book provides the reader with seven fairly simple rules to live by:

Rule #1: Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life.

Rule #2: Do serious aerobic exercise four days a week for the rest of your life.

Rule #3: Do serious strength training, with weights, two days a week for the rest of your life.

Rule #4: Spend less than you make.

Rule #5: Quit eating crap

Rule #6: Care

Rule #7: Connect and commit

I am working hard on all seven rules. Some are easier than others.

If you are 50 or older, I strongly recommend this book for your reading pleasure. If you know someone 50 or older, this book would be a great gift.