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Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy Until You're 80 and Beyond

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,408 ratings  ·  363 reviews
Smart women don't grow older. They grow younger. A book of hope, Younger Next Year for Women shows you how to become functionally younger for the next five to ten years, and continue to live thereafter with new-found vitality. How to avoid 70 percent of the normal problems of aging and eliminate 50 percent of illness and injury. And how to live brilliantly for the three de ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published October 10th 2007 by Workman Publishing Company (first published 2005)
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Rita
I got this book from the library because Neil Gaiman said that Younger Next Year was recommended to him when he started a program to improve his health. He dropped a bunch of weight from his body and a bunch of years from his overall appearance in a relatively short time, so I thought I'd check this book out.

There were few good things in it and I will share them with you right here to save you from having to read this book:

1) Work out for at least 40 minutes a day, six days a week. Make a couple
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Linda
Dec 18, 2007 Linda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every woman who wants to live a long, healthy life
I LOVE this book! Although it's geared to 'older' women, I believe it is good advice for women of all ages. In order to take charge of our bodies, the authors stress throughout the book the importance of good, hard exercise six days a week for at least 45 minutes. They also believe that we should take charge of our lives by caring, connection with others, and commitment. In other words, get involved and live life! I believe these are habits that can be practiced and developed at any age, and the ...more
Annette LeBox
This is my favorite health and fitness book of all time. When Younger Next Year was first published it was meant for both men and women. The book was so successful that the authors wrote a second book geared to women. If your husband needs a little nudging to help him get fit, buy him the co-ed book. A girl friend of mine read the book aloud to her husband as the two drove to the city on a daily commute. Subsequently, her husband joined a gym and now he's working out a couple of times a week lif ...more
Karen
This book was loaned to me to read by my family doctor. He said he'd bought multiple copies and was lending them to all his older female patients...the first book he'd read about aging that he felt was worth sharing. I can't say I agree with him. The style of the book was very off-putting for me. I hate the "rah-rah" approach to almost everything except a soccer game. I avoid self-help books and programs on PBS like the plague. I'm annoyed by these people who claim to have "the answer" for anyt ...more
Rainbowgardener
AGING STARTS AT 30!! Everyone who is 30 or more should read this book or the original one, Younger Next Year. It really probably doesn't matter which one, the science and the recommendations are basically all the same. The for Women one just has a little more about women's health issues "more women die of heart disease each year than of all cancers combined ... two thirds of strokes happen in women." But the good news is that you DON'T have to age in the way we think about it, or as the authors ...more
Carolyn
One day when I was in my twenties and my mother was in her forties a man from our chavura sat down next to me and waved toward my mother, who was surrounded by friends she was chatting with. "Quite a good looking woman, your mother," he said. She was, I supposed. Depressingly more attractive than her twenty something daughter. I probably took after my father or perhaps my grandmother on my father's side, I thought.

That moment stayed with me and as my mother got older and continued with her prodi
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Lori Kincaid
I enjoyed the audio version of this book. The balance between both narrators was good--not too much fluff, not too much hard science. The basic premise of the book is simple--you're either growing/building your body or you're rotting. Simple to understand, tough to do, especially if you're still in the busy mom stage as I am. But it was a good wake up call that there is no time where you can sit back and take it easy.

So even though I'm in good shape "for my age" (46), this book made me realize I
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Chueca
Overall I was very excited to learn how I can take better care of my body in the future and present by reading this book. However, some parts very annoying and blatantly sexist and classist. I was offended too in different parts. What the author suggests shopping as a "physical activity" is annoying,. And, whenever they talk about old fred---not only because not all women/womyn want to be with a man but talking about him like old fred makes him seem like a piece of furniture in her life completl ...more
Karen
I didn't like this book at all. It's basically 12 CD's of alternating narrators (a doctor and a patient)telling you to exercise 6 days a week for the rest of your life...over and over and over and over and over. Can you say ad nauseum? Also, did I mention that it's two MALE narrators? I don't care how enlightened and/or educated that they think they are, they are NOT WOMEN. Maybe it's sexist of me to think that they can't comment on a woman's experience of aging in any meaningful (to me)way, but ...more
Julie
Younger Next Year for Women is written by a doctor (Henry Lodge) and his patient (Chris Crowley). I found this book to be an easy read, very informative and I recommend it to anyone who is worried that the second half of our lives might not be as fun and rich as the first half (and guys - there is a version for men if you want to avoid topics like hot flashes). From this book I learned that the gradual decay that our society associates with aging - osteoporosis, stiffness, arthritis, dementia, e ...more
Elizabeth
If you had told me I would ever give five stars to a HEALTH book, I'd have told you you were crazy. Who knew a book about getting and staying fit and active could be so funny, so compelling, so motivating, and so readable! The two authors are a fit man in his seventies with a great sense of humor and a non-nonsense approach to things. His voice alternates with that of Dr. Lodge, an internist/gerontologist who provides easy-to-understand biology and physiology to go along with it.

Perhaps the most
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Janell
Written by two friends, one a doctor and the other, a patient in his 70's, this is an interesting read. Their main focus is EXERCISE with some other minor points thrown in. The doctor explains the science of aging and decay and his friend goes into the the beneficial effect of exercise on that process. Well written with a good mix of humor and facts.

Two things bothered me a little: (1) They are very pro "joining a gym" and feel that you cannot succeed without doing so, and (2) The doctor is ver
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Michelle G.
Good:

I am now exercising at least six days per week as a result of this book.

I have a real incentive to be more social.

Alternating chapters of personal narrative and science explanations makes the read less dull.

Not so good:

Scanning paragraphs at a time because they repeat their themes so often, and with the same words.

The tone is fear-inducing sometimes. Do this, or THAT will happen. You won't be able to walk, you will get fat, you will die, etc.

Verdict:

A book that I would borrow, but not b
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Laura
Excellent guide to living life to the fullest by taking care of your metal and physical health. Written by a doctor and his patient. The doctor gives you all the medical reasons to keep yourself young in language that won't bore you while Chris Crowly pumps you up and out of your seat. Excellent guiding to keeping your physical and mental age much younger than your actual years. I bought over 20 copies of this book when it came out and gave them away for Christmas to my friends and co-workers. I ...more
Robin
Two authors, one is a folksy good old boy in his 60's or 70's the other is a doctor (I like the doctor chapters the best).

This book is written to the 50+ crowd but it applies to anyone over 35. Actually under 35 too. His basic premise is that you will age, but you don't have to decay. How do you stop decay? 60 minutes of hard sweaty exercise a day. He also talks a lot about lifestyle and how to keep yourself young through social interaction. There is one for men too and I think it would be a gre
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Julie
You will find a cogent argument for 6-days-a-week exercise and the reason to eat small amounts of nutritious food rather than feasting, but I am glad I was reading a library book. I would not want to buy this as a motivational book or a reference book; the older author uses offensive language and refers to overweight women as "piggies." The nutrition and exercise rationales could be explained in fewer chapters.
Mary
Yeah, it's probably a bit early for this book. Yet, it's already inspired me to get back into working out. I've been taking a break that's lasting too long.

After reading a few reviews (both good and bad), I decided not to finish. Looks like the authors' repeat themselves. I'm already feeling the importance of getting back to exercise so why belabor the point? There are too many other books I want to read.
Sandy
Life-improving book emphasizing the importance of taking care of ourselves as we get older. The authors' rules about various types of hard exercise, sharing and caring, not eating "crap", and spending less than you make are sensible and something I've always known, but they really came together for me here. Highly recommended!!
Sheila
This matter-of-fact, straight-to-the-point instruction manual basically says what is so obvious...don't eat crap, exercise a lot, and you'll live longer. There are also some sobering and depressing truths about what to do to make your life a lot better so you have that added edge on mortality. Common sense stuff like don't spend more than you make and stay in touch with friends, families, lovers. It was a good read but it took me a long time because a lot of it was repetitive. Crowley is a chara ...more
Denise Freeman
This is the closest thing to a self help book I've read in quite a while. Years ago, I pitched all those types of books out. This book was recommended to my husband by a co-worker and when I saw there was a women's version, I thought I'd check it out. It has been quite wonderful to read. One of those books I may just have to read again. Made me realize that it's not getting old that I'm afraid of, but being unhealthy with a poor quality of life in my old age. Wonderful reading if you want to be ...more
Erin
Well, it's no secret I don't really like instructional books. However, I still think forcing myself to read them from time to time is a good thing. This book was recommended to me by several people who said, "it's totally applicable for really anyone over 25-30." It's really not. (To her credit, my mom said not to read it because it was for people older than me. But she also said the same thing about Anna Karenina when I was younger, so I have learned to take her age-based book-shielding with a ...more
Go2therock
Pros: I recognized the gentleman reading the part of "Chris" from another book on tape. He was better suited to this role, I think. I appreciated his 'get over it' attitude of encouragement. He fully recognized and affirmed the fear, hesitancy, and trepidation a woman like myself feels in entering a gym and walking among the fit, fabulous, and decked out. He could be a bit crass at times, but overall I enjoyed the time I spent with him. (That's how it feels when listening to a book on tape piece ...more
Susan
My mom gave me "Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond" at my last birthday. It's written by a doctor, Henry Lodge, and Chris Crowley, an energetic guy in his 70s. These two previously wrote a "Younger Next Year" book focused on men. I've been reading the book little by little over the past year.

Basically, here is almost 400 pages condensed into what you really need to know:

Exercise 6 days a week for the rest of your life
Do serious aerobic exercise
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Maria
I may have intuitively known some of the things in this book, but I clearly did not take it far enough. Every woman over the age of 50, every woman is who retired, every woman who can find the time (at least 2 hours a day) for that matter, should read this book. I am working on Rules 1, 5 and 7 at the moment. So far I am only up to long, slow exercise consisting of walking 5 miles per day 5 days per week with 30 minutes of Pilates as a warm-up each day. As suggested, I am trying to treat exercis ...more
Gail Goetschius
This book was a gift given with a fitbit which I found more motivating than the book. I got a bit disgusted with the book when I felt the author was quite a zealot. Seriously, he brags about 70 mile mountain bike rides at age seventy. I don't expect or want to become the athlete I never was. My goal is to be healthy, and active both mentally and physically .

If you can overcome the author's self impressed attitude there really is a lot of good science backed information in the book. He advocates
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TheGeekyBlogger
Read/Listened for Fun (Audible/Kindle)
Overall Rating: DNF

First Thoughts: Younger Next Year for Women had a good message (mostly) but it was buried under joining a gym, skiing stories, swimming stories, and insulting terms that made me shut down the book!

Here is the parts that I really liked:
1: Exercise is key to adding years to your life.
2: Eating right makes your body perform better.
3: Knowing your heart rate during exercise will let you know how much you are pushing yourself.
4: Strength traini
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Rosetta
Jun 08, 2008 Rosetta rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rosetta by: Limes, NPR
The most basic message of this book is there is only growth or decay and our bodies look to us to decide between the two. Life, health and happiness are a choice. The signal our body reads is moving, exercising, running with the pack. Sitting in front of a TV and eating cheeseburgers just tells the body that it's winter and we're starving to death, we just ate the carcus of a large animal that starved to death just before us. If that doesn't make sense, read the book. Chris Crowley is Dr. Henry' ...more
Wendy Bachelu
I was not obviously the target audience for this book. Although a life-long athlete, I thought this book might offer some nuggets of information that I might not be aware of yet, especially since I am approaching my fifties in a couple of years.

Chris Crowley completely turned me off with his immaturity and condescending, archaic tone towards women. I get that this guy is in his late seventies, but he should think about modernizing his attitude.

I did force myself to finish reading the book, but
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Diedre Braverman
Exercise at least 40 minutes at a time with your heart rate at 60% or more of your maximum for at least six days a week for the rest of your life. Forever. If you do, the authors promise, you will not slide down a gradual declining slope of increasing health problems and decreasing mobility to your inevitable death. No, they don't promise immortality. Instead, they promise, you will be fit and healthy until the day you suddenly die, leaving this life healthy and active up to the very last.

I have
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Deanna
Besides being hilarious, this book will now be required reading for all my patients. In very accessible language, Dr. Lodge, a world-renowned geriatrician from Columbia University, describes our understanding of the science of aging -- and how to fight it. Here are the key words: growth and decay. And decay is optional. I'm joining a gym. Chris Crowley, a lawyer friend of Dr. Lodge, explains his progression from quickly-becoming-feeble old man to zooming-around-excited and planning-to-live-to-12 ...more
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