“Biologically, there…is only growth or decay, and your body looks to you to choose between them.”
-from the book Younger Next Year – for Women by Chris Crowley & Dr. Henry S. Lodge.
I picked up Younger Next Year from the shelves of our apartment building’s library. With its hot pink cover, and the woman running up the side of a clock, it looked a little smarmy. Probably too pat, I thought, too glib, too whatever.
But let’s never forget the ongoing Mennonite dilemma. It was free! Worst case scenario, I would just return it later.
Except, I’m not giving it back. I’m loaning it to everyone I love because it’s kickstarted my new body.
First a disclaimer: Though I’ve been at this for a little while, this body of mine doesn’t necessarily look like it’s new. In fact, I look like I’ve lived and engaged on this planet for the full fifty-two years that I have.
But the authors didn’t promise I’d LOOK younger, but that I’d FEEL younger. I’m happy with that.
I like to think of myself as fairly active and fit, but now that I’ve added in the two days of weights and a few more sit-ups, the swimming, more regular cycling and a rather more energetic pace to my walking, well, it’s apparent there was room for improvement.
It is not enough to stroll to Starbucks and the library. Just sayin’.
For whatever reason, this is the book that really got the message through to me. I already knew most of this stuff. You do too. We all do.
Yes, we’re supposed to exercise, blah, blah, blah…
But these guys have made it very clear, and in a personable style that still delivers some great medical facts, that my first priority is to my fitness plan. It’s my job. Especially when I read that 70% of “aging” diseases are preventable with this simple prescription to get moving…every day.
They write that, “…you may well live into your nineties, whether you like it or not. But how you live those years…is under your control.”
Shit can still happen. I could still get struck my some random disease, but the so-called normal aging of aching and weakening muscle mass does NOT have to be my fate. I like the idea of being fit and fabulous right up until I fall off my perch.
Consider this blog post my public service announcement. I hope you read it and that you too are inspired to live younger.
Are you ready to move?
Tell me your new fitness plans (or current routine) in the comments below. I will select a name by random (yes random!!) draw. I will send the winner a copy of the book. Wherever you are.