September Book Reads Part 1:
Younger Next Year for Women,
by Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge, MD
If you’re looking for some inspiration on health and fitness, the New York Times Bestselling authors, Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, MD have written Younger Next Year for Women. It is geared toward women going through menopause, explaining how the years following menopause can be some of your best. However, I found it extremely motivating with important concepts and messages for women of all ages.
It is strange for two men to write about women and menopause, but somehow they make it work. They even admit men’s limitation, saying “men are a bit dumb about preparing for retirement; we go into retirement and stay there.” As women, we like to enter any stage in our lives in a very organized fashion and plan everything to the point of complete exhaustion.
They touch on health and fitness along with your mindset and how they all integrate. I had no idea our bodies are constantly wearing down and then creating new organs, tissue, and cells.
To keep this process of decay and regrowth going is by moving and exercising. Remember humans weren’t built to sit at a desk all day or drive two hours for a commute, which has become the norm in our society. They highlight the benefits of strength training for women and how to fight osteoporosis by strengthening your muscles and bones. This is such an important point; I know women in my running group who only focused on running and cardio in college. Now they are paying the price, and their knee and hip bones are in terrible shape. These women are only in their 20s and 30s, and now they are unable to do any long distance running.
Even if you exercise, you still need to eat right. What to put into your body and what to avoid eating and drinking. They teach you about the good fats to look for in your food, and what are the bad fats to unfortunately deny yourself. I’ve noticed a difference when I eat right and exercise versus only exercise. I have a horrible sweet tooth, and now I believe in eating desserts in moderation so I don’t go on a cupcake and ice cream binge.
Alcohol, they say is a double edged sword. It can be as helpful to your health as it can be harmful. Drinking in moderation can lower your risk to heart disease, strokes, and dementia. Drinking a glass or two of Pinot Noir a night can be more helpful than exercise or a good diet, which was refreshing to read. Chardonnay has the benefit of helping with stress, courtesy of my mom. Now champagne is just fun to drink, health and stress benefits aside. However, if you go to the dark side of heavy drinking, it can raise your blood pressure, cause heart failure, cancer, diabetes, dementia, and many other hazards, which is not as much fun for you or for your family.
They end the book with how to put all this information together and make it work for your lifestyle. This book is a no excuse, get-your-butt moving, read. You’ll feel younger with more energy than ever just by reading it, no guarantee though. You still have to get off the couch!
I would love to hear your input and if you have any other book suggestions, please share them with me at Jessica.email@example.com or post them on my Facebook page Jessica Weaver, Wealth Advisor.
Jessica Weaver, CFP®, CDFA™, CFS®
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