by Julia Maranan
Fair Winds Press
Publication date: January 1, 2011
Received from: Publisher
We live in a society that encourages us to not age, stay young, and live longer. That if we can find that magic potion, the world will open up for us because we will not get old- because, if you get old, it is all over. Media bombards us with images and ideas that youth is equal to life, love and happiness. Staying young-looking is what you should want to do, because getting old flat-out sucks. With all this being drilled into us, it is great to see a book like The 100 Best Ways to Stop Aging & Stay Young, which promotes not the idea that getting old is undesirable, but that living a healthy life is the key to living a fuller life.
The book delivers a lot of advice that most of us have already heard many times, but what makes it relevant is that it lays it all out in an easy to understand way. Maranan not only spouts the rhetoric, but explains why each idea is important, and how it is easily achieved and incorporated into anyone’s life. Each chapter tackles one area of your life, such as brain health, bone and joint health, and the health of your immune system. With the easy layout, it makes it easy to understand how each of the areas are connected, as well.
With some great advice and tips, such as how weight training builds bone density, supports healthy metabolism, and helps maintains a healthy energy level, the concepts become easily attainable. Learning why it important to eat avocados, take a Vitamin D supplement, and lower sugar intake all seem to be common sense, but understanding the why and how behind it is what makes this book stand out.
The title of The 100 Best Ways to Stop Aging & Stay Young is a bit deceiving, as Mananan does not buy into the younger is better ideology. Instead, it could have been more aptly named The 100 Best Ways to Be Healthy & Live Longer, as she focuses on living a life that allows one to be healthier and more active, rather than dwelling on the number of one’s age. Regardless of the title, this book is a good resource to lead one on the right path of a healthy, long life. There is a lot of information that is easy to access and understand, and is a great reference to remind us how to get and stay on track. Instead of sorting through piles of magazines, pick up this book as an easy go-to source in your quest to understand the building blocks to a healthier life.
For more about Julia Maranan, visit her website.
[This review is also published at LuLu Book Review.]