Younger Next Year by Crowley (patient) and Lodge (doctor) says getting old doesn’t have to mean losing mental and physical faculties.
And it explains just how to grow old in full strength.
- We all somewhat came to equate old age with weakness and poor health: NOT true
- There are three things: exercise, nutrition and commitment
- Also care about something and build strong relationships
Younger next year starts by debunking the idea that old age means decay:
Normal Aging Isn’t Normal
Normal aging isn’t normal. The more he looked at science, says Lodge, the more he realized that ailments and deterioration are not a normal part of growing old.
They’re an outrage. An outrage we got used to because we set the bar so low.
We come to accept a normal deterioration. “getting old and dying”, almost in one sentence, as if the two were the same thing.
Our brain decays on cue. The signals for decay are sent continuously, and yes they grow stronger each year.
In our 40s and 50s the signal they can over… In absence of signals to grow. Younger next year is all about getting you to send growth signal.
We can do little about aging, but decay is optional. You will look old, but you don’t have to feel old. And of course, if you don’t let go and take care of yourself, even your looks will be better.
We lose muscle with time and every year after forty we lose 0.2-0.3% bone mass. Heavy weight lifting stops all that.
Don’t go on a diet, but cat on the bad food you eat. Starting from sugar and starches and replace them with vegetables and fruits and whole grains (primitive, unrefined grains).
Younger Next Year is especially caustic towards refined carbohydrates, saying it’s one of the foods that is killing you.
- Quit all soft drinks
- Only have healthy foods at home
Younger Next Year Exercise Program
- Exercise six days a week
- Do aerobic exercise four days a week
- Do strength training, with weights, two or days a week
- Spend less than you make
- Stop eating garbage!
- Care about the people around, do service
- Connect and Commit
- Keep friends
- Make your relationship awesome
Real Life Applications
You don’t have to retire, you can keep working. Or follow a passion (also read How to Retire Happy Wild and Free).
The wealth tip of spending less than you earn, I found it to add less value than the rest of the information. Especially towards the later years of life, I don’t see why one shouldn’t be able to start getting into their savings.
The idea that we can combat the aging process to stay active until is another major building block of an empowered life: you can also influence aging. Now that’s awesome!
Younger next year really made me either smile or laugh in several occasion. The irony and jokes are well written, sometimes dry and subtle, some other times more obvious. But the reader of the audiobook is also a genius at reading them.
It’s hard to summarize, but there are three things -did you notice how there’s always three things-… ?
Doctor: it doesn’t matter what the causes are, as long s they’re important and interesting to you and give you a reason to stay alive. If not… You’ll die.
Author: That’s It?
There’s an immutable biology of aging. And you can’t do anything about it. Hair gets grey, gravity takes its toll and movies go to half price (:D)
Many of the self help information and some of the nutrition and fitness information won’t new to anyone reading Younger Next Year .
What was really mind opening for me was the concept that you can apply that to combat the normal process of aging.
And that you can enjoy decades that were previously thought of as “old” in top physical and mental conditions.
And it doesn’t stop there: Younger Next Year explains what type of exercises work best.
Awesome concept: five stars is not necessary about the book -which is good anyway- but about the concept the book promotes.