One of my favorite health books of the past few years is Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until 80 and Beyond. I first listened to the audiobook, which is also fantastic.
The book alternates between 70-something Chris Crowley, and Henry Lodge, MD, his doctor. The combination of the two perspectives keeps you engaged, and makes the content all the more compelling. The book is centered around “Harry’s Rules” – seven rules for the reader to follow. They include such things as “Quit eating crap” or “Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life.” Not exactly earth-shattering, I know, but the delivery is what makes it stick. Crowley claims he can ski better now than he could 20 years ago, and I believe him.
Younger Next Year contains one of the most compelling arguments for exercise and eating well (among other things) that I’ve come across. If a book exists that can get you to move your body, this is it. If you’ve always wanted to take control of your health, but never quite felt motivated enough, this one’s for you.
(PS – There’s also a Younger Next Year for Women. While the information in the original applies to everyone, some of you might enjoy the version tailored for women. )