It can be done!
By Crystal Calderoni
If you are following the story from the Sep 21 issue of Atención, then you read how I merely touched on the breakthrough book, Younger Next Year: Turn Back Your Biological Clock. The premise of this research is that you can best achieve happiness and health well into your 80s as if you were 50, which is the third stage of life for many of my readers and perhaps your final. I ended my first column with, “Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done.”
Well, I’m here to tell you: “It can be done!” Change is imminent. I find it absurd when my clients/friends/family members/societies embrace the sentiment, “people can’t change.” The nature of reality is change! Albert Einstein proved this as well in his famous axiom, “The only constant in life is change.” So, people, wake up! When someone says you are a slave to your genes, consider the source and continue trekking across your own path of happy destiny even into the wee-wee hours of your life. Who says you can’t live a full-life, free of being enslaved to your meds and cricks and pains. Part of this third stage is deciding if you want to deteriorate or accelerate the energy in and around you. Feeling vibrant, useful, purposeful and alive instead of feeling sluggish, depressed, bored, fearful of pain and impending death. The choice is yours and this book is enlightening. Let me elaborate on what I discovered.
Harry is Henry S. Lodge, M.D., a specialist in internal medicine and preventive healthcare. Chris Crowley is Harry’s 70-year-old patient who’s stronger today (and skiing better) than when he was 40. Together, in alternating chapters that are lively, sometimes outspoken, and always utterly convincing, they spell out Harry’s Rules and the science behind them. The rules are deceptively simple: exercise six days a week. Eat what you know you should. Connect to other people and commit to feeling passionate about something. The science, simplified and demystified, ranges from the molecular biology of growth and decay to how our bodies and minds evolved (and why they fare so poorly in our sedentary, all-feast no-famine culture). The result is nothing less than a paradigm shift in our view of aging.
For retirees or any senior citizens, they (and I too!) recommend weight-training two times per week for joint stabilization, strength, ROM, and to continue building lean active tissue (muscle) which keeps your metabolism revved up throughout the day. Maintaining an exercise program is priority number one before embarking on a diet, which we will explore next. Stay tuned. www.crystalcalderoni.com
Crystal Calderoni is a Nationally Certified PT and fitness instructor (Idea, AFAA, ASCM, IDEA and can be reached at 415-103-3764.