Younger Next Year - A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You’re 80 and Beyond
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
New York, NY 10003-9555
First Printing - October, 2004
This is a book on how to successfully stave off usual deterioration of the body as we age. The authors are Chris Crowley, former litigator with a New York law firm who was 70 when he co-authored the book.
The second author is Dr. Henry S. Lodge, M. D. a board certified internist who heads a twenty-three doctor practice in Manhattan. Dr. Lodge is a member of the clinical faculty at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.
In the book, Dr. Lodge reviews new research on how exercise affects the body at the cellular level. This is an interesting and very compelling way to look at exercise, often given only cursory mention in most writing on fitness.
Dr. Lodge looks at our long, long evolutionary past, noting conditions of life for man have very recently changed drastically. For two or three million years, depending on where one feels we became “human,” getting food was first priority for us every day.
Under this urgency, we had to be fit and were forced to walk, climb and run every day. Suddenly, on the scale of evolutionary time, this necessity disappeared. But we were left with a body whose functionality was designed solely around its former method of feeding - walking, climbing and running. The body design we inherited is totally inappropriate for our modern surroundings, mainly abundant food and little need for strenuous movement.
That in a nutshell is the core of our “health problems” today. That and what we eat - unnatural, salty foods filled with saturated fat and often deficient in required vitamins and minerals vital for our hunter-gatherer body.
Taken together - our diet and the huge reduction in need for strenuous movement - we have the perfect prescription for today’s common place, deadly illnesses of cancer, heart and artery disease, diabetes and related maladies.
Chris Crowley, 70, supplies the example of what can happen when an aging person eats right and exercises vigorously. He tells about his experience of changing life style and enjoying new sports and ways of eating.
This book is well grounded in the latest science regarding cellular change in response to exercise. And it’s a fun read with Crowley’s antidotes and humor.
Reviewer - William P. Gloege
Santa Maria, CA