Monday, May 16, 2011

Book review: 20 Years Younger

Recently, thanks to the Product Review Place and Hachette Book Group, I received a copy of a new book by Bob Greene, 20 Years Younger. In case you haven't heard all the buzz about this book already, here's a bit about it, from the publisher's website:
It's time to turn back the clock! In 20 YEARS YOUNGER, Bob Greene offers readers a practical, science-based plan for looking and feeling their best as they age. The cutting-edge program details easy and effective steps we can all take to rebuild the foundation of youth and enjoy better health, improved energy, and a positive outlook on life. The four cornerstones of the program are: an exercise regimen for fighting muscle and bone loss, a longevity-focused diet, sleep rejuvenation, and wrinkle-fighting skin care. Woven throughout the text is practical advice on changing appearances, controlling stress, staying mentally sharp, navigating medical tests, and much more. Readers will walk away with a greater understanding of how the body ages and what they can do to feel-and look-20 years younger.
I thought this book was one of the most well-rounded books that I have ever read on the topic of health and wellness. I really like the fact that nothing in the book is about a quick fix, it's about lifestyle changes to improve yourself for the long run. As discussed above in the book summary, 20 Years Younger doesn't just focus on making changes in one area, like improving diet, but comes at it from multiple directions for a very holistic approach.

20 Years Younger does a nice job in part 1 of discussing what happens to the body and mind during the aging process, introducing why certain lifestyle changes should be made, and then suggesting practical ways to make the changes.  Part 2 of the book has some detailed meal plans and recipes, as well as a section called "Putting It All Together", which has daily schedule and meal suggestions for putting the entire 20 Years Younger Plan into practice.

This book is generally targeted at an audience that's dealing with mid-life aging issues, but even at 34 years old, there was a lot that I was inspired by. I really appreciated the simplicity and clarity with which everything was presented in this book. At no point in time did I feel overwhelmed by the suggestions, instead I felt inspired to get busy putting them into practice!  I am implementing as many of these suggestions as possible now, in the hopes that I can give myself a head-start in fighting off some of the effects of aging. I'd recommend this book highly it for anyone who wants to start living a healthier life.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself, thanks to  Product Review Place and Hachette Book Group. I was under no obligation to write a positive review, received no additional compensation for this review, and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.