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Younger Next Year for Women

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,112 ratings  ·  569 reviews
You're coming into the peak of your life. And because you’re already more attuned to your physical and emotional needs, and more inclined to commit to a healthier lifestyle, you're poised to live brilliantly for the thirty-plus years after menopause. All you need now is the program outlined in Younger Next Year for Women—which, for starters, will help you avoid literally 7 ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Workman Publishing Company (first published 2005)
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May 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, health
This book has some good information about exercise and health, but the writing is so poor and bloated that I can't give it a higher rating.

The gist is that exercise can slow down deterioration of the body, and if you want to be healthy in your senior years, a fitness routine is key. Women should be exercising six days a week, between 45 and 60 minutes a day. Four of those days should be a more intense aerobic exercise. Women should also do strength training (as in, lift weights) two days a week
Dec 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Carolyn Stein
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Annette LeBox
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Lori Kincaid Rassati
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
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jen Guyer-wood
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book changed my perspective and will probably help me keep my daily workout plan for as long as I'm able. I learned some scientific things about aging and the human body and some practical tips. Why only two stars? I was really irritated by the non-doctor author's attitude toward overweight women. I think the word "piggy" was used. He also seemed obsessed with looking at women (join a gym where there are attractive people to look at) and it was offputting. I guess the book was written a few ...more
Sep 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I was torn on this book. I can see both sides of the opinion scale on this one. On one hand, it's very inspiring and has a lot of truth to it. I can see myself reading it again in the future to get inspired. It's also funny and entertaining. I like the two personalities that co-wrote the book and how they feed off of each other. But, on the other hand, I can definitely see the criticisms of this as well. While it holds many facts, it's also daunting in it's main theme of exercise, exercise, exer ...more
Michelle G.

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.


A book that I would borrow, but not b
Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jul 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nf-self-help
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
Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jul 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life. I am working out every day- Zumba, the bike, weights! It was hard for me to read so I got it in audio form and listen to it while I cook, or do my taxes... in other words small doses works best. I plan on being younger next year!
Shari Strong
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh, man. I have such mixed feelings about this book. First the good: This book really woke me up to the things I need to do at age 50+ to take care of my body (and mind/emotions, too), and why I need to do them. I've long known I need to take better care of myself...yeah, yeah, don't we all? And I've tried, focusing on my eating for a while, on exercise for a while, etc., but my resolve doesn't stick long-term, because general thoughts about *I should do x, y, or z* don't keep me engaged or moti ...more
T.D. Whittle
This book and its companion volume for men, Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You're 80 and Beyond, are likely to be the only fitness books you ever see on my GR shelves. I don't read many fitness books because they usually bore me. Though I was a gym addict in my youth, that was mainly a result of living in NYC where working out was best done in the confines of a safe and clean gym, for women only. Nowadays, I like to get my exercise by playing outdoors with my husband: long wa ...more
Michele Dambach
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Growth and decay - that is a phrase that has stuck with me throughout this book. That and the description of my arteries looking like a bubbling cheese pizza inside - not exactly a pleasant image to think of. I was given this book about 5 years ago, when I turned 40, from a friend that at that time was approaching her 50th. Back then, I couldn't get thru half of the book. I felt like it didn't apply, or something. For whatever reason, I picked it up again recently from my bookshelf and began rea ...more
May 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rosie 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
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 23, 2013 added it
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.
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!! ...more
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