The Side-Effects of Aging Are Avoidable… Here's How!

Published: 03rd July 2006
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One of the greatest misconceptions in this country is people thinking that they know how they're going to age. Believing that they're going to get old, weak and just rot away. The truth is that you don't know. And you probably have the wrong picture in your head. You know what it meant for your father … for your mentor and a few billion other people. But the rules are changing. Right now. And your prospects are different. Quite different.

Here's what you think you know: You turn sixty and your feet are on the slippery slope -- the long slide into old age and death. Every year a little fatter, slower, weaker, more pain-racked. You can't hear and you can't see. Your hips go. Your knees. Your conversation goes stupid. Your teeth are a bad yellow and your breath isn't so great either. You don't have any money. Or hair. And your muscles look like drapery. You give up. You sit there and wait. Go to the Nursing Home… get tied to a chair.

That can certainly happen. In this country, it often does. But it's a choice, not a sentence from above. Most Americans today will live into their mid-eighties, whether they're in great shape or shuffling around on walkers. And that number is rising over time, too, so you may well live into your nineties, whether you like it or not. You can get decrepit, if you like, but you are likely to live that way for a long time. Or you can, just as easily, make up your mind -- and tell your body -- to live as if you were fifty, maybe even younger, for most of the rest of your life.

You can turn back your biological clock. You can become functionally younger every year for the years to come and continue to live with the vitality and grace you had when you were young. You can avoid up to 70 percent of the decay and eliminate up to 50 percent of the injuries and illnesses associated with getting older.

The secret? Over the millions of years of human development, both body and brain have developed a system of messages that signal either growth or decay. Now, because of the latest scientific developments, we understand the messages--and how to control them.

The plan will help unravel the keys to overriding the decay code: daily exercise, emotional commitment, reasonable nutrition and a real engagement with living. Exercise tells the body to grow. Sitting too long tells the body to decay. Eating a normal, balanced meal tells the body to grow. Overeating tells the body to decay. Connecting with family and friends tells the body to grow. Isolation and stress tell the body to decay.

The plan will truly teach your body how to "grow" instead of decay. The first and most important rule on the plan is to exercise six days a week. That may seem like a lot, but it's absolutely necessary. Exercise sends a constant "grow" message to override the crazy tide of aging. It tells your body to get stronger, more limber and functionally younger in the only language your body understands. By explaining and detailing the balance of both aerobic and strength training, the plan will help you feel younger and healthier, as well as reduce your risk of illness and injury.

My famous "Harry's Rules for Health" also inform you about why you need to be eating right. The Younger Next Year plan helps you learn how to "Quit Eating Crap." We discuss the "good foods" and "bad foods" in broad scopes (whole grains, good; white flour, bad), but also offer you specific meal plans and delicious recipes that maximize the good foods and minimize the bad ones.

Equally important is the third tenet of the plan: caring, connecting and committing. Too many people start spending more time alone and isolated as they age. But you can't do that! Because it's only through connecting, both with the people we love and with new and interesting friends, that we can truly live our lives to the fullest and remain excited and passionate about each day.

By jumping in to the plan, you will start growing instead of decaying, feeling younger and healthier instead of older and achier. The exercise, nutrition and relationship instruction that the plan provides will truly help you become Younger Next Year.

Visit today to learn more about the plan.

About the Author:

Dr. Henry Lodge was born in Boston, and grew up in Massachusetts. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981, and from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1985, where he received the Robert Loeb Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. He did his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, and after completing his training in 1988, joined the faculty of the medical school at Columbia University, where he has been ever since. He is named in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who's Who in Science and Engineering, as well as in the Best Doctors in New York and Best Doctors in America surveys. Dr. Lodge is a past president of the New York Clinical Society, and a past president of the Presbyterian Hospital Alumni Association. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He has two daughters, and is an avid skier, hiker, bicyclist and sailor.

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