The other day one of my yoga students handed me this book:
He opened it to the back and had me read this: (from the Appendix)
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, with weights, two days a week for the rest of your life.
4. Spend less than you make.
5. Quit eating crap!
7. Connect and commit.
I’m not even half-way through and already I want everyone I know to read this. It is written by a journalist and a doctor. The journalist is 70, and the doctor is in his 40s. They alternate chapters and they are both great (and hilarious) writers, with the doctor (Harry) giving the science of why exercise is essential, and the journalist (Chris) doing the program and reporting on the results. I want to say that they are the “Click and Clack” of Longevity, but that wouldn’t be accurate. But they are funny and the writing is casual and irreverent and totally convincing. And motivating.
Now that the days are getting colder and darker, the temptation to hibernate and take comfort in mashed potatoes and meatloaf, and watch football and sip a little sumpin’ in the evening is getting pretty darn irresistible. That’s why this book has fallen into my hands at THE PERFECT TIME. This book, coupled with my amped up yoga practice. is going to make me Younger Next Year.
And not a year too soon, either.