Monday, May 2, 2011

20 Years Younger Book Review

Bob Greene, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller The Best Life Diet, outlines how you can look younger, feel younger, and be younger in his new book, 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.

My Thoughts:  Although I think it is obvious that diet, exercise, more sleep, and taking care of our skin will help us feel better and live longer, I think we do need a reminder.  Greene explains that we not only need strength and cardio exercises, but we also need stretching, core, balance, and hand-eye coordination exercises.  He gives examples and even pictures of them in his book.  That being said, I don't necessarily agree with the amount of time he requires us to devote to cardio.  200-400 minutes a week is quite a bit and I feel that most beginners would get off to a good start, crash, and then never pick up again. 

He lays out a diet and meal plan in the book with many recipes.  There is plenty to get someone started for several weeks and I like that he is advocating lots of fresh fruits and veggies.  I personally would tweak the diet plan for me a bit since I do better with several small meals a day, instead of three big meals and one snack (which is the option for the 1,500 cal plan).  If I only had one snack all day long I would be in!

I also enjoyed reading about how we should take care of our skin, which I admit I do not do like I should.  He brings up some very good points, and I can see how taking care of our skin would make us feel better and probably look better BUT, although he is not requiring it, he does make a pitch for his skin care line.  I was not able to check it out online because when Oprah aired last week and talked about it, the site received too much traffic and crashed. 

So overall, his book is a good reminder to us all on what we should be doing to stay healthy.  We just need to remember that we all have busy lives and we need to find something that works for us.  For me, I've taken his points and am making my own plan, which will hopefully work out. 

Find Out More20 Years Younger is available in hardback on Amazon for $15.39, as well as on Bob Greene's website for $17.  You can find out more about this book, nutrition, exercise, skin care, and sleep at 

Disclosure: This product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own.



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