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Great Role Model

This is a post I did a number of months ago.  Thought it was worth another look, since it’s such great advice…

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Recently I have talked about Younger Next Year, by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D.

This video of Chris Crowley, who is about 73 today, is perfect for us to view.  He speaks here of transitioning into retirement.  Talk about success after sixty!

Watch this and let me know if you resonate with it.  It’s a little longer than the 3 minute limit I normally like, but it’s worth your time.  He talks about stuff that may resonate with you.

So let us know how you feel about this stuff and if you are inclined to take his advice or perhaps if you already are doing these things.

Would love to hear from you.

Health After 60

O.K.  Most of you (but I realize not all of you) reading this are over 60 years of age.  Let’s face it… It’s not the end of the world!  Let’s get a grip!

I’m not saying that 60 is the new 40, because I don’t believe that.  What I’m saying is that no longer is 60 or people in their 60’s considered ‘elderly’ or ‘old’.  I’ll go along with ‘older’.

Recently I came across an article about being careful in the heat.  It gave lots of precautions for people 65 and older.  I’m actually not suggesting they shouldn’t be heeded.  Everyone needs to be careful in severe heat no matter what age we are.

My suggestion is to either start or aggressively continue a daily regimen of doing healthy stuff… like vigorously working out 45 minutes a day.  And eating right.  And caring about something, someone or a lot of stuff.

Oh!  That’s right…  There is a book that describes this in detail, Younger Next Year and Younger Next Year for Women, by Dr. Henry Lodge and Chris Crowley.  I’ve written about this before on my blog, so if you’ve missed previous posts, just ‘search’ their names within my site and you find the other articles.

We can help ourselves best by being healthy all-around.  It’s not just the outside we hear so much about that needs tending to… It’s the inside!  When we’ve got that right, we are on a good track to deal with all kinds of things life will throw at us from here on…

Thoughts?  Would love to hear from you.

Retirement…What’s That?

This is one of my favorite ‘role models’.  I posted this last winter and thought it would be something to check out (perhaps again).

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Recently I have talked about Younger Next Year, by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D.

This video of Chris Crowley, who is about 73 today, is perfect for us to view.  He speaks here of transitioning into retirement.  Talk about success after sixty!

Watch this and let me know if you resonate with it.  It’s a little longer than the 3 minute limit I normally like, but it’s worth your time.  He talks about stuff that may resonate with you.

So let us know how you feel about this stuff and if you are inclined to take his advice or perhaps if you already are doing these things.

Would love to hear from you.

Take A Hike!

Take a hike… aka- walk!

Mondays I like to write about life after sixty years of age.  To have a good quality of life, wouldn’t you agree that we need to be in good health.  What about walking as a form of exercise.

Recently I came across this article that details the many benefits to starting a walking program.  Probably worth your time to read it as it gives some compelling reasons to incorporate some kind of a walking program into your daily routine.

A while back I mentioned a book I’ve read, Younger Next Year for Women by Lodge and Crowley.  Dr. Lodge explains why some type of strenuous exercise for 45 minutes a day at least six days a week, is non-negotiable for fortify your body from ‘decay’ (their term).

Walking is on their list of easy choices.  Inside on a treadmill or outside, weather permitting.  It’s easy to do.  Problem is, it’s also easy not to do.

Time can be a consideration in all of this, but perhaps the question to be asked is this:  “Isn’t it important to carve out the time now, so we will be in the condition we would like as we age?”

Give it lots of thought and perhaps it’s a matter of starting with less than 45 minutes.  But, ultimately it’s the 45 minutes six days a week that will give you the best r.o.i. of your time.

Anti-Aging

Monday is the day I write about aging, or as I say, enjoying life after sixty.

Most of the time in our culture, when someone is talking about getting older or presenting on a related topic, they phrase it, ‘anti-aging‘.

After having read, Younger Next Year For Women, by Lodge and Crowley, which I have referenced here a number of times, it gives me a chuckle when I hear the term, anti-aging.  Lodge and Crowley contend that we’re going to continue to look older each year, but we can always look good.  It’s the inside of our body that can be younger next year.

To get ideas for this blog, I just Googled, aging in 2011… One of the first items I saw was information about a big ‘Anti-Aging’ conference to be held in December of this year.  Apparently it will have many and numerous experts and authorities on the topic.

Does this not sound a bit silly?  If you have read the book by Lodge and Crowley, doesn’t it make more sense to just take a natural approach to aging and realize it will happen just by our being alive for more years.  That’s a good thing, right!

Lodge and Crowley advocate for being younger as we age by a rather simple formula

Strenuous exercise forty-five minutes a day, six days a week.  Strength and weight training two of those days.

Eat well, (we all know by now what’s good and what’s not or could get that information easily).

Stay connected and committed to others and something we can feel passionate about.

My feeling is that it’s not about hormone replacement, Botox or the litany of other complicated and invasive protocols being tested and touted.

What are your thoughts about anti-aging or aging?

Log, Journal or Diary

Have you ever kept a log, journal or diary?

In the book I’ve referred to many times, Younger Next Year and Younger Next Year For Women, Chris Crowley, one of the authors, advocates the idea of keeping a log.

I had mentioned in previous blog posts that one of Harry’s Rules (read the book to learn what these are) is to care and commit.

This has to do with caring about your own life.  One of the keys would be to keep track of things.  If you’re going to have a great life from here on out, examine what you do.  And to do this– write stuff down.

You may wonder why he would even suggest that.  Well, it’s to help you remember stuff.

The idea is to keep a simple log every day to help you keep track of three things:  1) what you ate  2) what you did for exercise and 3) what you did with your life–the things you care about.

When you write it down it’s there on paper, on record.  Amazingly it’s a sign that someone cares–you.

Keeping a log, journal or diary, whatever you want to call it, has been done forever.  Think of all the military captains of ships and commanders of armies who have done this for centuries.  It holds people accountable.

It will hold you accountable as well.  When you care about yourself and keep track of stuff and know you’ll be writing down what you did, you will be more likely to do what you said you would do; or what your intent was.

Reading this book has changed my commitment to exercise.  I’d been getting in 30 minutes on the treadmill about 4-5 days a week.  Now I do 45 minutes 6 days a week… O.K. not every week, but most.  I’ve personally written the ’45 minutes on treadmill’ on my daily to-do list and check it off when I’ve completed it.  Now I’m considering this daily log idea that I’ve written about here, for the other areas mentioned.

What about you?  Do you keep a daily journal or log?

Are You Exercising Every Day?

Are you exercising every day?  This is a question for all of us to take seriously.

Years ago, back in the day…  exercise was something I really hated in gym class.  I found it boring and dumb.  How about you?

Now, that seems like such a foreign concept to me and to most of us I’m sure.  I believe we all have heard that exercise is very good for us.  In fact, depending on the books you may have read, you have heard the concept that exercise is mandatory.

According to Dr. Henry Lodge one of the authors of Younger Next Year, we need to take it seriously if we want to have a good quality of life as we age.

Aging is going to happen, the question is what quality of life will you have as you age?  Perhaps the question to you is,  “What quality of life do you want?”

Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry Lodge, who co-authored this book, advocate that we need to make exercise our new job.  No excuses, just do it!

By the way, their definition here:  strenuous aerobic exercise six days a week for forty-five minutes a day.  Throughout the book, they break it down to include strength training (weight work) on two of those days.

So, how does that sound?  You might want to read the book to see the why and how behind how our bodies age and how we can be younger next year by exercising hard.

FYI… I am getting my forty-five minutes a day in… most days anyway.  How about you.  Let us hear what you think of this.

How Important Is Social Connection?

How important is social connection to our life?  There is a biology of social connection according to Henry S. Lodge, M.D., one of the authors of Younger Next Year and Younger Next Year For Women.

We’ve all probably heard the concept of this, but here, ‘Harry’ brings in information from studies about it all.  Without going into statistical detail, I’ll just say that he proves the point that we need to stay connected to other people in a big way, for a better quality of physical life not to mention longevity of our life.

Having at least one close friend, has been proven statistically to create a younger cardiovascular system.  Blood vessels are measurably more elastic, cardiac reserve is higher, cardiac inflammatory protein levels are lower, blood pressure response to exercise better, and so on.

Also, people who are more connected have measurably healthier stress blood profiles, less cortisol, less inflammation, less insulin and lower blood sugar.   By way of cardiac catheterization studies, it was proven that women who are less socially connected have more plaque in their arteries.  Also, they will have fewer circulating immune cells in their blood and weaker immune responses to vaccines.

This isn’t just for us as we age, because it has been proven to be so for newborns.  The more a baby is touched and held the better.  This is especially true in the neonatal ICU.  The more touching and holding the better chance of survival for those at-risk newborns.

Well, this is a little different than most of my posts, but I feel it is good information for all of us.  Perhaps you already know and understand the importance of these concepts.  Good for you.  However, if this is new information, I’m glad to have shown you this.  Perhaps you want to look further into it.

The important thing is the concept of staying engaged in life.  Make connections.  Meet new people.  Join new groups.  Do new stuff.  Then you won’t have to worry about consequences listed above.

Let me know your thoughts.

Connect And Commit

Connect and commit is a phrase used in the Younger Next Year For Women book which I have referred to recently.  Actually yesterday’s post contained some information about how our thoughts and emotions are connected.

The connect and commit part is an admonition by the doctor (Harry) to stay engaged in life.  ‘By staying engaged you will drive away stress, loneliness and idle worry about status.  Reach out to good stimuli of exercise, good sleep, rational diet, love and play.  Happiness comes mostly from building connections, giving and getting love and friendship.  That takes work, but it is deeply satisfying work. Connect and commit to drive away despair.’

As I have read their section on connecting and committing, I realize they are really addressing people who are older than most of us reading this, including the author of this blog.  However, I believe it is to create an awareness that we must guard against becoming sedentary and solitary as years go by.  Especially if we are living alone.

Personally, I can relate to this, as I have an easy time passing time alone.  I don’t need a party to make me happy.  Perhaps some of you are like that too.  This is some good information.  It’s all about creating a quality of life for ourselves for the last third of our life.  And according to these authors, this will be about thirty years, give or take!

So, what do you do now to connect and commit to life?  How do you engage yourself with others?  What groups are you in that you couldn’t live without?

We’d love to hear your comments to this.

Thoughts / Emotions–Chicken Or Egg?

From the book I referred to a few weeks ago, Younger Next Year For Women, by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D., recently I read a most fascinating section on how important our thoughts and emotions are to creating the life we have.

All of this ties into what I’ve believed for a long time.  Our thoughts are really important to the quality of our life.  However, these guys mention the importance of our emotions in all of this as well.  In fact, they believe that our emotions take the lead and the thoughts follow.  As they say, ‘Maybe it should be the other way around, but it isn’t’.  Actually, this information is in the chapter written by Harry, the doctor (author), so this is scientific fact stuff.

He indicates that:

Emotion precedes thoughts at the neural level.  So a positive emotion will tend to generate a positive thought in response.  And because it’s an ongoing dance, having a positive thought will loop back through the limbic (part of the brain) system to generate a positive feeling.

The same loop works for negative thoughts and feelings, and research has shown that we have a remarkable ability to think and feel our way into happier or more depressed states, regardless of external reality, and you can train yourself to live in either an optimistic or a pessimistic frame of mind regardless of your external circumstances.

How you view your life has a surprisingly large role in determining how your life goes, so there is a real premium on having positive emotions.  The good news is that you can create positive emotions by consciously creating positive environments.

By the way, not sure if you remember that these authors also wrote the book, Younger Next Year, which came out first and is mostly geared to men.  I’ll check with my husband to see if this information is in that book too, but I’m sure it is, since this is information is gender-neutral.  Wouldn’t you agree?

So how about you?  How are your thoughts and emotions?  After all, thoughts are things… choose the good ones.