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Crowley, Chris & Lodge, Henry S. M.D., Younger Next Year for Women and Younger Next Year, 2006 and 2004.

Two years ago, in their best-selling book Younger Next Year, Crowley and Lodge offered professional guys a lot of good advice about aging successfully. The sister volume, Younger Next Year for Women, hits many of the same themes, but targets the message to women who want to live longer, healthier and sexier lives.

The authors focus much attention on ways to be physically fit, and their strongest message – dubbed “Harry’s First Rule” -- is that you have to exercise 6 days a week for the rest of your life. Here are the other rules:

  • Do serious aerobic exercise 4 days a week.
  • Do strength training with weights twice a week.
  • Spend less than you make.
  • Quit eating crap.
  • Care.
  • Connect and commit.
Regarding that final rule, they make a compelling case that we cannot be healthy if we don’t find ways to connect with other people. “Connecting,” they say, “is a biological imperative….and social connections are a more powerful factor in health and mortality than smoking, alcohol, exercise, nutrition or age.”

What you have to do, they say, is make connecting a job – one that you work at regularly.
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