I am referencing an important book in this second article in our series on aging: Younger Next Year, by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. There is also a companion edition, Younger Next Year for Women.
This book is required reading for my personal training clients. Almost without exception, they have come back to me and told me that the book is life-changing for them. If you are older than 50, or if you are working with people older than 50, I want you to read this book.
The book is especially important to the subject of teaching indoor cycling to older adults because it gives practical meaning to a new scientific understanding of aging at the cellular level.
According to the authors, about 70% of aging is a matter of choice, not inevitable decline. The tide, they say, of aging is inevitable but it is not so strong that it can’t be slowed—maybe even reversed a bit—by a few simple behaviors.
Remember that our bodies are an old design. Older than you may even think. Our bodies come from combinations of bacteria formed billions of years ago. The cells that result speak their own language—the language of primitive chemical and electrical impulses.
These cells run our bodies and we now have the knowledge to influence them. We now know how to “talk” to our cells in the only language they can understand.
The language that our bodies understand is the language of “survival of the fittest,” the language of “hunter-gatherer,” the physical language of work.
But don’t despair. This doesn’t mean that we all have to go back to hunting our dinner.