I want to be that guy when I'm 70

Posted on 01/15/2017 in misc

Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge

This was a $1.99 Kindle special. It's targeted at guys my age, and since I was starting up my annual attempt to exercise regularly and eat better, I thought I might get some motivation from it. It's kind of a weird book. Chris is a retired lawyer, Henry and actual doctor. They more or less alternate chapters, with the Dr. explaining the science around aging and Chris providing the motivation by sharing stories of how much fun he is having at 70. I found myself just barely skimming Chris's chapters. Dr. Lodge's chapters were really interesting though.

The crux of his theory is that you have to exercise 6X a week. We all know that exercise breaks down muscle, which then gets built back up stronger. By exercising nearly daily you keep you body in a constant regrowth state, and that is the key to feeling like you are 50 when you are 70. And by exercise they mean 45 minutes minimum at 65% max heart rate - so a decent workout. Combine that with eating decently and staying emotionally and intellectually engaged and you have the secret to feeling good well into retirement. Nothing earth shattering about the advice, but exercising almost every day is in some ways easier than 3 or 4 times a week as it gets to be more of a routine. That may be the one thing useful I got from the book, and for $1.99 that makes it an OK purchase.