Younger Next Year

A big thanks to Larry Barnard via Frederick Van Johnson for the recommendation of Younger Next Year. (Audible abridged version here.)

The book is aimed at men in the “next third” of life (aka the last third, or 50+)  who, like me, are looking retirement, and the inevitable slide into senility and death, square in the eye. 

I can summarize the book’s advice into three rules: 

  1. Exercise vigorously for one hour a day, every day, for the rest of your life.
  2. Stop eating crap. (You know all that white stuff: sugar, pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, factory food of any kind.)
  3. Connect, with your wife, your family, your friends. Give back to the community. Find a purpose. Serve.

Do that and the authors say you should, barring accident or bad luck, make it into your 80s vibrant and active. Yes, it’s a little hokey, written like a locker room pep talk, but maybe that’s just what I needed. Anyway, I feel better than I have in years, and with Lisa’s and my family’s loving support, I hope to be around another 30 years. Anyway I’m off to the gym. I’m having too much fun to quit now.