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

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  1,947 Ratings  ·  285 Reviews
Turn back your biological clock. A breakthrough book for men--as much fun to read as it is persuasive--Younger Next Year draws on the very latest science of aging to show how men 50 or older can become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, and continue to live like fifty-year-olds until well into their eighties. To enjoy life and be stronger, heal ...more
ebook, 353 pages
Published October 10th 2007 by Workman Publishing (first published 2004)
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Bob Collins
Apr 30, 2011 Bob Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific book. By a (then) 70 year old and his doctor. Really motivated me to get moving and start exercising again. I did and I am. What the doctor said that had most impact to me: 70% + of the affects of old age are voluntary! They can be mitigated by lifestyle changes.

I decided I didn't want to sign up for the negative effects of getting older, so I've made the changes, loss massive amounts of weight, improved my eating habits and feel wonderful.

The thing that Chris said that had the biggest
CX Dillhunt
Reluctantly, I give this 3 stars; I hated reading it, and much is very poorly written & poorly presented from the large type to the rambling, repetitious chapters; I think Chris Crowley is pompous, sexist (read pig trying to hard at "guy talk"), arrogant & full of hot air, but perhaps just a great foil for Harry the MD; the research on the brain & cell deterioration is important...and a lot of the rest we've heard before...FOR THE GOOD PARTS EDITION: read Harry's Chap 18, "The Limbic ...more
Clif Hostetler
This book is co-authored by two men. Henry S. Lodge, M.D. provides the level headed, scientifically sound, commentary while the other co-author, Chris Crowley, spouts out the "mano-e-mano" pep-talk targeted at the reader's male ego. I say male ego because this book is specifically aimed at men who are 50 or over contemplating retirement, growing old, and dying.

The promise of this book is that if the male reader gets with the program they can live, as indicated by the book's subtitle, "Like 50 U
Nov 04, 2011 Walt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend (who unbeknownst to me hadn't read it) mentioned this book, I like to see what my friends are up to, so I read it. Wow, I was ready (as the jacket blurb warns), this book has changed my life. The wisdom of this book can be summed up as follows:
1. Engage in daily demanding physical activity-tell your body to grow. 2. Don't engage in daily demanding physical activity-tell your body to decay. 3. Choose.
You'll notice that I didn't use the word exercise here, that was on purpose because th
Elle Saverini
Nov 04, 2011 Elle Saverini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Give this book to every man you care about. Period.

Already confirms the way I've lived most of my life, and I look at least ten if not fifteen yrs younger than I am; (depends upon pt of reference)
The best news is that even joint pain improves if one doesn't shy away from the challenge of exercise. Just bought my new Nikes today. Funny, but I keep hearing a voice in my head chanting, "10K, 10K, 10K..." (translation: a 10 kilometer footrace;)

PS: I was 57 in August. Foto taken just 2 yrs ago in Gr
Feb 17, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book at the library without realizing that it is specifically directed at men; however the advice is surely universal. I just noticed that there is a version directed at women, so I will be checking that one out next.

As an aging baby boomer who is seeing the gradual decline of "middle age" (an age which I'm sure now lasts until 70), I'm interested in learning more about what I can do to halt the inevitable decline. By now, we've all watched our parents, aunts and uncles die off
Brian Morton
Jul 09, 2012 Brian Morton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book was meant for 50plus retirees, it shared valuable information on how you should live in order to ebb the incoming tide of aging. Basically it said there are four musts to staying young. 1. Exercise (at least 4 days of cardio, 2 days of weights a week)
2. Don't eat things you know you shouldn't (fast food, trans fats, refined starches,etc)
3. Be a part of a social group.
4. Find something you are passionate about and do it. (unless it is binge drinking)

The book delved into the scien
Jon Spoelstra
Dec 19, 2009 Jon Spoelstra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
This is probably the most important book I've read in the lasts decade. It talks plain sense on how to be younger next year. I adopted many of their suggestions with terrific results. I've also handed out this book to geezer friends of mine so that they won't give up golf because of getting old (I need their money). You can get it in paper or on Amazon Kindle. There's a separate edition for men and women. Buy it now so that you can have years reading all the fun books out there. www.geezer-lit.c ...more
Brad Lyerla
You don't need to read this. All you need to know is that there is compelling science showing that most of us can maintain the equivalent health and fitness of a 50 year old until we are 80 by exercising, eating better, having sex and being happy. The surprise is that an 80 year old can be every bit as fit as a 50 year old. But the authors swear it's true and cite a lot of data to support the assertion. One other surprise might be that you have to work out six days a week. Hard. And at least two ...more
Jan 07, 2010 T.S. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a gift from my boss; otherwise, it would not be something I would read. That being said, I ended up being quite interested in the scientific evidence behind the methodology. Fortunately, the doctor provides this information. The other author is whack and tries to make his point through anecdotes and jokes. He really dragged the book down to one star for me and, ultimately, I ended up skipping the chapters he wrote, or for which he was credited.
Healthy advice, nothing we don't all know eat right exercise, make smart choices, don't get stale
Jan 10, 2013 Norm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found a lot to like in this book, but I also have a problem with some its assertions, especially about exercise.

On the positive side, I like the dual approach the authors take, alternating between Chris's lively - and often funny - pep-talks and Harry's cool presentation of the science supporting their recommendations. Both authors come across as genuinely interested in coaxing and cajoling the reader into taking positive action to improve his health (the book is geared mainly toward men in t
Derek Grzelewski
Jan 08, 2013 Derek Grzelewski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is rare to write about a book years after it was originally published unless it is one that changed lives for better and for good. Three years ago a friend gave me a copy of Younger Next Year with a note “you must read this.” It turned out I was to be just one in the succession of the book’s owners because, after reading, I too passed it on to another close friend. My note was a bit longer: “you must read it, especially now that you’ve turned 50.”

Younger Next Year is written as a dialogue be
Jeff Kelleher
Feb 01, 2013 Jeff Kelleher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth reading even if you think you know it all.

There are a thousand get-and-stay-younger books. Their core advice is mostly the same: don't smoke, exercise, eat right, be happy and engaged. The differences are in the target audience, the tone of the cheerleading, and the details.

Here, the target audience is men in their 50s and up. The cheerleading tone is "between us guys." The rest of the core advice is also here, but there are some major departures in the details.

First, exercise is held to b
Dec 24, 2009 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book at the recommendation of some of my fit Sigma Chi friends. So I borrowed a well used copy from our trainer at FIT in Farmington, Allen.

The book is written by an MD and one of his patients, an older gentleman in his 70's who has changed his lifestyle by doing, among other things, vigorous exercise six days a week.

The premise of the book is that our bodies are constantly either growing or decaying, even as we get into our 70's and beyond. And we can either be healthy and active in
Aug 14, 2013 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished "Younger Next Year" and found the information to be practical and knowledge based. Henry's rules are summed up neatly, in the appendix, as

1) Exercise six days as week for the rest of your life.
2) Do serious aerobic exercise four days a week for the rest of your life.
3) Do serious strength training, with weights, two days a week for the rest of your life.
4) Spend less than you make.
5) Quit eating crap.
6) Care.
7) Connect and Commit.

I have heard the rules in different forms and from
Dec 31, 2010 Eden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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Daryl Nash
Aug 26, 2012 Daryl Nash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The target audience for this book are men 60-70, newly or soon to be retired, preferably from an executive or professional job. It is so baby boomer it hurts. Still, even though I'm outside the demographic, I found a few useful if not earthshattering tips in there. And Chris Crowley, the retired lawyer, has a voice that grates on my nerves often (though I'd somehow managed to find it almost endearing by the end). So how does it rate four stars? Well, it's smooth reading, so there's a lot to be s ...more
Jan 07, 2009 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the review of this book in the WSJ and was intrigued. Since reading the book, I've recommended it to many friends and purchased it for many family members. The clock is ticking - grab an hour of exercise, stop eating junk and find something to CARE about...every day. This book makes it easy to learn the physical and medical reasons why Harry's rules make a difference. Chris makes it fun to see the results of one patient taking his advice.

Last week a 92 year old woman finished the Hawaii M
My exercise coach loaned me his copy to read. Really enjoying it so far. It is very motivating as far as exercise is concerned. Best quote so far: "In twenty years, failure to exercise six days a week will seem as self-destructive as smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. Two packs a day was normal when I was a kid. They finally moved that road and we're going to move this one." SIX days a week??? Is it possible? I'm making it 3 days a week now, in addition to the dog walks. Reading on,,,,

Good b
Sep 13, 2016 Kconrad2k rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The authors list seven rules for staying healthy as you get older and slowing down the aging process. Harry, the doctor, provides the science that supports the rules and Chris talks about how he implements them. It's an enjoyable and important read especially for anyone over 50. I've really taken the first rule, "Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life," to heart and feel that it's made a positive difference in my well being.
Nathan Schwartz
Oct 28, 2014 Nathan Schwartz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bottom line: exercise. And don’t eat crap.

All health books either say the same thing (because we all know what we need to do really) or else say something crazy (possibly entertaining, but probably not worth the time). So you should probably judge them on how motivational they are, and this one is pretty good.
Mike Laughlin
Apr 04, 2012 Mike Laughlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly useful. Authors explain the "why" of key concepts, and I need that to buy-in. Fun, entertaining read. Complex ideas are clearly explained by going up and down the cognition scale. (ie. scientific explanations, but with "plain talk" discussions and real-life examples.) I pull it out and reread ... as there's a lot of good stuff, here. More than can be digested in one read.
Apr 28, 2009 Brent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is to aging what "Amish Grace" is to forgiveness. I need to reread this book every 3 to 4 years to make sure that I stay on track as far as exercising, diet, strenght training and even social connection. Everyone over 50 needs to read this book. A GREAT book.
Doug Saunders
Typical advice. Exercise regularly and eat properly. I liked the perspective of growing or decaying.
Alan Hartley
Jan 12, 2017 Alan Hartley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Gift from my son's to their 68 year old dad. Motivational..
Ronald Golden
Dec 23, 2016 Ronald Golden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not normally read self-help books but this one was given to me by one of my clients so I gave it a read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It not only confirmed much of what I already knew myself, that exercise slows and can actually turn back the aging process for people in their 50's, 60's, 70's and beyond, but it also gives the science behind the theory. In fact the book, which is written by two authors, a 70 year old lawyer and an M.D., is written in an interesting manner. They each take ...more
Nov 23, 2016 Boni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yikes... Why on earth would my friend give me this book, when I'm already fit, and have worked out and enjoyed playing sports since I was a kid!... Hmmm, must be all my complaining about aches and pains, and answering the queries: "Are you limping?" with "No, That's just the way I walk now."... And that my mid-fifties snuck up on me.

This tag-team authorship of an older retired guy and his younger doctor buddy offered up a nice mix of physiology and practical implementation to both lifestyle an
Don Gubler
Mar 16, 2017 Don Gubler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple and straight forward. Now if I can get myself to do it and it works.... Great!
Oct 12, 2016 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very encouraging! Nice to know that it's never too late!
Written in entertaining and informative fashion, Chris doesn't pull any punches. He shoots straight. Would love to meet this guy!
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