Thursday, June 8, 2017

Younger Next Year

Don thinks it is hilarious that I read the AARP magazine from cover to cover every two months. My defense is always - "There are good articles in there!"

He's in complete denial about the aging process, so he refuses to even glance at the magazine. Heaven forbid he read it.

Just so you don't think I've gone completely mad, I did not subscribe to this magazine. When Don's mom passed away, we had her mail forwarded to our house. Apparently she subscribed to infinity and beyond because we are still getting it, and she has been gone for over three years.

There was a good article in the October/November 2016 issue. I tore it out for future reference, although I should have acted on its contents right away. It was called, Younger Next Year. It was written by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M. D. who also have a book by the same name.

In the article, Chris and Henry give us 7 rules to stop the aging process.

1. Exercise six days a 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 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 love how simple they make it. And they are funny too. I especially like the tip, "quit eating crap!"

These tips will help keep you from being a "busted-down old plop," so they say.

They say there's going to be some work involved. You can't make this happen with a pill.

Research says most of what we call aging is actually decay, and that is optional. Your body, including your brain, decays as you get older. The key to overriding this decay is daily exercise, nutrition, emotional commitment and real engagement with living.

They're kind of talking to those 70 and older in this article, but it doesn't hurt to start early.

The article is very encouraging. Here is an excerpt: "Normal aging is grim. It means losing 10 percent of your muscle mass every decade after age 40. Ditto bone mass. At age 60, you can't get out of a deep chair. Or the tub. Your joints hurt. So do your back, your hips, your knees. You fall down and break a hip. Your're a boring old wreck. That's normal aging." But it doesn't have to be that way.

No wonder Don doesn't read this stuff.

1 comment:

  1. Can't blame Don for not wanting to be a "boring old wreck," hahaha!