You know me and my self-help books. Well I've just read a new one. In fact it's so good I've read it twice. It's called
Younger Next Year for women
written by Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge M.D.
From the outset they make it very clear that it is not about looking younger. Our skin will age, get over it! But it is about being functionally younger.
They say that by following a couple of rules you can avoid 70% of the normal problems of aging and eliminate 50% of illness and injury. Of course genetics and bad luck still have a say in our future but you can still stack the odds heavily in your favour.
So what are these golden rules.
1. Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life.
2. Quit eating crap.
3. Connect with people. We are after all pack animals and not designed to be on our own.
4. Have passions in life. Get out there and do stuff.
All sounds very wise and do-able. So I guess these are my New Year resolutions for 2014.
One of the most inspirational parts of the book was an interview with an active 96 year old woman. When she was asked if she had any regrets she replied.
"I wish I hadn't thought I was old when I reached 80!"
So tune in this time next year to see if it worked!