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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Staying Young Without a Doctor’s Help

By Robert Kotler MD, FACS

Younger Next Year

I recently finished a terrific book entitled Younger Next Year:  Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You Are 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, MD. The premise of this book is that we all have the potential to live longer and live better, provided we impose certain disciplines on ourselves.

One, of course, is weight loss. Over one-third of Americans are overweight, and this is a national health calamity. But weight can be controlled both with diet and exercise, and the emphasis in most of the book is upon a very regular exercise program.

Here is a key sample paragraph:

It may seem exhausting to fit exercise into your crazy work schedule, but that is looking at it backwards. We are not tired at the end of the day because we get too much exercise. We are tired because we do not get enough exercise. We are mentally, emotionally, and physically drained from being sedentary. Walking through the door exhausted each night is not living; it is merely surviving large stretches of the only life we are likely to have. Besides, study after study shows that the productivity gains at work outweigh the time spent exercising, and that we function better at home — with more satisfaction and on less sleep when we are fit. If you put any value at all on your quality of life, the time you spend exercising becomes a bargain.

I have seen this work for many people, including myself.  A sound diet and regular exercise are the cornerstones of fitness and longevity.

I highly recommend this book to you, and if you read it you will probably spend less time in your doctor’s office.

Photo: Workman Publishing

Posted by: Robert Kotler, MD, FACS at 9:48 am

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