younger next year

The tone of YOUNGER NEXT YEAR:Turn Back Your Biological Clock is refreshing, motivating, and amusing. It is refreshing in that the authors are refusing the ageism of our culture and the passivity of many older adults. They redefine the aging process by culling out the avoidable, degenerative diseases and decay we assume “normal.” YOUNGER NEXT YEAR is powerfully motivating because it makes our choices clear, simple, and seemingly quite possible. Americans are living longer; do we not want to live better? Finally, the book is so amusing I laughed aloud numerous times. Chris is willing to tell embarrassing stories on himself with which the reader can identify, yet he also tells of achievements that make us want to follow every single rule for the rest of our lives.

YOUNGER NEXT YEAR by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. is a fun read because it is brimming with good news. The good news is—we can take charge of our bodies and slow the aging process to a remarkable degree. Chris writes from his own experience while Harry narrates the professional viewpoint. Harry is an internist who loves to explain the biological science and statistical research behind his 7 RULES. Chris is a retired attorney in his mid-seventies whose personality just explodes onto the pages as he shares his own phenomenal zest for life brought about, or at least preserved, by following the 7 RULES.

What’s not to like? I skipped many paragraphs in which both Chris and Harry expressed rather ardent belief in evolution. They both seem amazed at the resilience of the human body and the emotional well-being generated by good stewardship of our physical and social selves.  I, too, am amazed at how “fearfully and wonderfully made” we are, but I do not credit evolution. Thankfully, not one of the 7 RULES is invalidated by belief in God and his account of creation in the book of Genesis.

I strongly recommend that you do not start with the 7 RULES, but read the highly motivational book first. What are the 7 RULES? Even though the book is secular, you may find the rules strangely biblical.

#7: CONNECT AND COMMIT.

#6: CARE.

#5: QUIT EATING CRAP!

#4: SPEND LESS THAN YOU MAKE.

#3: DO SERIOUS STRENGTH TRAINING, WITH WEIGHTS, 2 DAYS A WEEK–FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

#2: DO SERIOUS AEROBIC EXERCISE 4 DAYS A WEEK–FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

#1: EXERCISE 6 DAYS A WEEK –FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

If Christians followed these 7 RULES, we would have all the energy we need to love God and one another as Jesus commands us to do. Let’s do it!

You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know, but I am running hard for THE FINISH LINE. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself. I Corinthians 9:24-27 MSG 

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:14