Aging Backwards

Aging Backwards

10 Years Younger, 10 Years Lighter, 30 Minutes A Day

Book - 2014
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A ground-breaking guide to understanding how aging happens in our cells and how to maintain and repair those cells--and roll back joint pain and muscle loss at any age--through gentle, scientifically designed workouts based on Classical Stretch and Essentrics, developed by the author and star of PBS's Classical Stretch series.
     It's never too late to slow down, or even reverse, the effects of aging. The human body is designed to function for the full length of its life--and with gentle, full-body flexibility and strengthening exercises we can look and feel tremendous, vibrant and active at any age, and well into our senior years. After all, the body is the world's most efficient self-healing machine. And yet, remarkably, many of us neglect the single most important system in the body--the one that makes all the others work--the muscular system.
     The typical message we get as we age is that we can move less and should take it easy--exactly the wrong advice. Surprisingly, fitness enthusiasts often do as much harm to their bodies as people living sedentary lives. For example, yoga instructors get tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome from daily stress on wrists and elbows; Pilates instructors suffer pectoral and tricep muscle atrophy and even professional athletes grow overweight and suffer countless ACL, meniscus and disc injuries. Ligaments are virtually ignored by most exercises routines and yet joint health is essential in order to remain active. But these afflictions don't happen overnight, and with Aging Backwards we can slow or prevent their onset, and often reverse their symptoms.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780345814081
Characteristics: vi, 278 pages ;,illustrations ;,25 cm.

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Spencer79
Sep 14, 2017

Didn't really help me. Not sure why everyone thought it was so good. There are many exercises with pictures if this is what you are looking for. I was looking more for overall health, such as skin, diet, and exercise.

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abhyasa
Jul 10, 2017

I was inspired by much of Esmonde-White's discussion of the process of aging. The text is simple and informative. She lost much of my respect though when she suggests that all forms of exercise, with the exceptions of her movement system and tai chi, lead to injury. A varied menu of exercise, approached with intelligence, is best for the body. Her exercise protocol is only one among many effective and fun forms of exercise.
I also found that some of the exercises demonstrated by her models were executed with poor form that could lead to injury if practised in that way. In particular, to exaggerate the "C-curve" (her words) of the spine is contraindicated for individuals suffering from osteoporosis. (This increases the load on the more fragile anterior surface of the spinal vertebrae, and could lead to compression fractures.)
In brief, some good information in regards to the physiology of aging, but some questionable alignment in the exercises.

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aene
Jun 03, 2015

I loved this book and find it usefull. I ended up buying my own.

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writermala
May 28, 2015

This was a very interesting book and has already helped me change my life around - in just the four days I've been reading it. Miranda explains her exercising philosophy in simple language which makes a lot of sense. It gives aging people (and Youngsters) a good idea of what they need to do to stay fit. The fact that one does not need to suffer pain to gain is a great motivator. I hope to exercise regularly and stay fit and energetic - if it stems the aging process it'll be an added bonus.

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