I’m back from the gym and finished my aerobic exercise with 20 minutes on the elliptical. My heart rate was at 70 percent to 85 percent of my target a high-endurance workout. I also completed some strength training and stretching with an hour yoga class .
Dr. Henry S. Lodge (also known as Harry) and Chris Crowley, authors of the Younger Next Year series, would be proud. Harry’s first rule to help limit decay in an aging body is to “exercise six days a week for the rest of your life, especially during your life after 50.” I had heard about this series, but never read any of the books until I received review copies of Younger Next Year for Women and their latest, Younger Next Year: The Exercise Program.
If you thought there was no easy answers to getting Younger Next Year … um, you were right. It’s a torture. And it lasts the rest of your life. Serious exercise, SIX DAYS A WEEK, until death. How about them apples?.
But here’s the funny thing. We sell a ton of them and have, from the beginning. And readers write these amazing letters ALL THE TIME. About how much they like their new lives. And new waist lines. And the look. And the book. Weird. It is a teeny bit of a cult, out there. A cult of astonishingly successful readers and exercisers who have simply changed their lives. Pretty neat. Pretty good fun for Harry and me, hearing about it almost every day, believe me.
The explanation, of course, is that this stuff works. It works like crazy, and it changes lives. Big time. And the fly wheel of the change THE FLYWHEEL OF THE GOOD LIFE – is fairly serious exercise, six days a week, forever.
Make it your job: the pay is amazing. And we mean to help you – over time – on this site, with reports from people who have done okay. tips about how to do this and that… and general drum beating (my specialty). Take a look from time to time. Hope it’ll be fun. Chris
How To Be “Younger Next Year” With Exercise
I’m back from the gym and finished my aerobic exercise with 20 minutes on the elliptical. My heart rate was at 70 – 85 percent of my target – a high endurance workout. I also completed some strength training and stretching with an hour yoga class.
Dr. Henry Lodge (also know as Harry) and Chris Crowley, authors of the Younger Next Year series would be proud. Harry’s first rule to help limit decay in an aging body is to “exercise six days a week for the rest of your life, especially during your life after 50.” I had heard about this series, but never read any of the books until Younger Next Year for Women and their latest Younger Next Year The Exercise Program review copies arrived.
Younger Next Year for Women.“Harry’s Rules will change your life,” says Dr. Oz.
“It’s got all the tools that women need to achieve longer, sexier, and more passionate lives,” says Dr. Hutcherson, Codirector of New York Center for Women’s Sexual Health.
Younger Next Year For Women was an easy read and I thought Harry’s seven rules and Chris’ advice for those entering their second and third acts were helpful. Harry, is the renowned doctor and gerontologist Henry S. Lodge, M.D., the Robert Burch Family Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical School. Harry is Chris’ doctor and good friend. Chris, a former litigator now in his 80s, has followed Harry’s rules and continues to stay active.
So what are Harry’s Rules? Read below and see if you are following these rules during your life after 50. Chris says that you should treat exercise like a job. It’s definitely easier to treat exercise like a job if you are retired. However, even if you aren’t, these are rules that require attention post 50. As Harry and Chris recommend, “check with your doctor before starting any exercise program and don’t over do it the first day.”
1.) Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life.
(A tall order that I’m trying to accomplish since I retired from my full-time job. I go to the gym about four to five days a week and try to ride my stationary bicycle at home six days a week. This is hard work.)
2.)Do serious aerobic exercise four days a week for the rest of your life.
According to Harry, “light aerobic exercise is long and slow exercise at an easy pace – up to 65 percent of your max heart rate. Hard aerobic exercise is when your heart rate is at 85 percent of your max. You can figure out your target heart rate and max numbers by subtracting your age from 220 and multiplying the results by the appropriate percentages.
3.) Do serious strength training, with weights, two days a week.
(I don’t lift weights, but I do lots of yoga, lifting my own body which is way heavier.)
4.) Spend less than you make.
(I hear you. I’ve planned a monthly and yearly budget for my second act. It’s not always easy to keep within my parameters each month. Overall, I’ve been doing a pretty good job. Check, check, check.)
5.) Quit eating crap.
(Check, For the most part, I’ve been eating healthier and doing more cooking since I retired. I’m on the FODMAP diet – which is keeping my irritable bowel in shape. Hopefully, my tummy is not decaying as much.)
(I am so grateful for my wonderful family and friends. I feel lucky that after 30 years of a fast paced corporate lifestyle that I can now prioritize my passions versus the paycheck.)
7.) Connect and commit.
(Speaking of passions, I’ve met a whole new group of friends since I retired. There are my blogging buddies, my yoginis and yogis, my YTT 200 yoga teachers and students at Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, plus all the different people I’ve come to know through my consulting. Oh, oh, oh, there’s also my boyfriend L. We continue to be a great team. He doesn’t exercise like I do – I’m going to give him a copy of this book to read. Hear that L?)
More Secrets to Turning Back the Biological Clock
As an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and a Board Certified Internist practicing in Manhattan, Dr. Lodge uses “star patient,” 79-year-old co-author Chris Crowley as an example of living proof that someone can age and continue to be fit and healthy, well into their autumn years.
There are other rules Dr. Lodge discusses in his book:
- Exercise six days a week.
- Do serious aerobic exercise four days a week.
- Do serious strength training with weights, two days a week.
- Spend less than you make.
- Quit eating garbage.
- Connect and commit.
Dr. Lodge took time away from his book to answer a few of our questions to help educate and inspire our readers from his research regarding aging related to genetics and compared to lifestyle.
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