You're at your twenty-fifth high school reunion and, of course, almost everyone looks older, rounder, and a bit wrinkled. But there are a few enviable exceptions who are smooth-skinned, lithe, and energetic. Who are those people? Why do they look and feel so much younger? And, most important, what are they doing that you're not? According to Dr. David Weeks, who draws from eighteen years of scientific research, these men and women...
You're at your twenty-fifth high school reunion and, of course, almost everyone looks older, rounder, and a bit wrinkled. But there are a few enviable exceptions who are smooth-skinned, lithe, and energetic. Who are those people? Why do they look and feel so much younger? And, most important, what are they doing that you're not?
According to Dr. David Weeks, who draws from eighteen years of scientific research, these men and women are the "superyoung"—people who, on average, appear ten or more years younger than their actual age. In addition to looking youthful, these extraordinary people share a host of similar characteristics, including keen minds, better sex lives, and more energy.
More than just a study of this desirable group, Secrets of the Superyoung offers prescriptive lessons—such as tips on how to improve your mem-ory, diet, and fitness program—so that you can reduce the signs of aging with a healthier mind and body. Filled with case studies, quizzes, and exclusive interviews with superyoungAre you superyoung?
¸ Do you look ten years younger than your age?
¸ Do you feel many years younger than your age?
¸ Is your memory strong and reliable?
¸ Do you sleep well?
¸ Do you have an active and fulfilling sex life?
¸ Are your skin and hair vital and healthy?
¸ Are you in good athletic shape?
¸ Are you, for the most part, happy and contented?
From the authors of Eccentrics comes a study ofage-defying people the world over, with lessons on ways to look and feel younger than your years without spending your life savings on cosmetic surgery, anti-wrinkle creams, a personal home gym, or a guru. In Secrets of the Superyoung, Dr. David Weeks, founder of the world-renowned Super-young Project—an eighteen-year-long study of people who look and feel ten years younger than their chronological age—teaches us that while the superyoung are different from the rest of us, anyone can think, feel, and look younger. celebrities, Secrets of the Superyoung paves a clear footpath to staying younger in body and mind for everyone.
Weeks, a clinical neuropsychologist, and James, a science journalist, have teamed up again (after Eccentrics, 1995) for a look at variations in the way people age, with their findings based in large part on the "superyoung" project, involving extensive samplings from questionnaires, and interviews. Their focus is on "the superyoung--the fortunate few who look, act, think and feel years, sometimes decades, younger than the age on their drivers' licenses." Unfortunately, the authors seem to confuse correlation with causation, implying that life is nearly uniformly better for those who look and act younger than their age, when the real-life stories they present in fact reveal that while the "superyoung" share a passion for life, there is for them wide variation in lifestyle. Rather than providing profound insight about the real nature of the much-coveted quality of youthfulness, the authors rely too much on sunny interviews with their study subjects and various celebrities like Ben Bradlee, Angela Lansbury and Jack LaLanne. The first half of their book describes characteristics of the superyoung and Western society's views on aging. The second half provides advice on how readers might join the ranks of the superyoung. But little fresh material is presented there: exercise your body and mind, the authors advise; eat well, reduce stress, enjoy sex, be happy. Despite a valiant attempt at scientific evaluation, there is no fountain of wisdom about youthfulness to be found here. (Aug.)
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Dr. Weeks' bestselling book has become a Bible for the young at heart.