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If you thought there was no easy answers to getting Younger Next Year … um, you were right. It’s a torture. And it lasts the rest of your life.  Serious exercise, SIX DAYS A WEEK, until death. How about them apples? How in the world do we sell a single book?
But here’s the funny thing. We sell a ton of them and have, from the beginning. And readers write these amazing letters ALL THE TIME. About how much they like their new lives. And new waist lines. And the look. And the book. Weird. It is a teeny bit of a cult, out there.  A cult of astonishingly successful readers and exercisers  who have simply changed their lives. Pretty neat. Pretty good fun for Harry and me, hearing about it almost every day, believe me.
The explanation, of course, is that this stuff works. It works like crazy, and it changes lives. Big time. And the fly wheel of the change – THE FLYWHEEL OF THE GOOD LIFE – is fairly serious exercise, six days a  week, forever.
Make it your job: the pay is amazing. And we mean to help you – over time – on this site, with reports from people who have done okay… tips about how to do this and that… and general drum beating (my specialty). Take a look from time to time. Hope it’ll be fun. Chris

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Recent Blog Posts on Exercise

  • Brave New Bike (0) November 15, 2017 The replacement for the bike that was crushed by a reckless driver finally arrived and it is a rocket ship. Less than 14 lbs, sweet custom paint job and – if you can believe it- electronic shifting. No one needs electronic shifting – not even an old numero like me. But it is such a pleasure ...
  • By Bike Through Gettysburg (0) October 16, 2017 This odd picture is me, standing by a monument to Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, the Maine college professor who fought like a tiger on Little Round Top to prevent the confederates from turning the end of the Union line. (Read Killer Angels sometime, for a great, fictionalization of the story). A good pal and I drove down here (you ...
  • Preparation for Movement: The Warm-Ups (0) August 12, 2017 Try this: Get your mitts on YNY: THE EXERCISE BOOK and do the Preparation for Movement every day. I do and it makes all the difference. I tend to race through them in ten minutes. But here is The Master, Bill Fabrocini, on the subject. ALWAYS listen to Bill. – Chris The DVD, Preparation for Movement, corresponds to the 16 warm-up plus ...
  • Swimming the Straights of Magellan! (0) May 1, 2017 This is daughter Ranie, swimming two hours in THE STRAITS OF MAGELLAN! in 49 degree water (no wet suit) in an area with a 30 foot tide The Bay of Fundy only has a 25 foot tide. Wild currents. Amazing 58 year old daughter. Chris
  • The Tide Is Rising (0) March 8, 2017 There was an interesting little piece in The Times recently that may be an omen of where we’re going in this country, a nice one. Smart hotels are spending more dough on more and better gyms. Huh! How come? Easy: Travelers like you and me – and especially those a hair younger – are ...
  • SUGAR LAWS (4) December 4, 2016 One of the things that drives you absolutely nuts, if you are sensitive at all to the way America eats and drinks, is regular colas, sports drinks and hyper sweetened coffee. They are sugar bombs, pure and simple, and just God-awful for us. And yet, of course, they are driven by vast commercial forces and ...
  • HOW MUCH EXERCISE? HOW INTENSE? (4) November 15, 2016 The endless question we get all the time: How much exercise do I need? And how intense must it be? The reason people ask, I suspect, is that they hope to hear that there is some ten-minutes-of-aerobics miracle that will spare them the nasty necessity of working out much at all. And there are plenty ...
  • After the election (0) November 10, 2016 Back in New York after the election. Went to Florida, like good citizens, to help get out the vote. We’re New Yorkers of course so we’re a bit stunned and saddened with the result. Guess we should have worked harder. Or someplace else. But here are two thoughts: first, we sure are in for an ...
  • IT AINT GETTING ANY EASIER (3) November 3, 2016 It’s turning to winter in these damn hills. The temperature is a whopping 45 degrees at noon on a sunny day. Also, cruel wind. Okay, here’s a LIFE TIP… with LARGER IMPLICATIONS. Go out the door, anyway. Dress carefully (that’s one of the things you’ve learned) and throw your leg over the bike (even row the ...
  • Chris on actual birthday, heading out for 30 mile spin in the hills. (0) September 20, 2016 Note scab on knee from shameful fall in Aspen.



  1. TonyOHara

    For men, wear loose boxer shorts, loose pants and sleep with your lower half bare. This will increase your testosterone quite a bit and hence lessen fatigue. Tony

  2. Gordon Hartwig

    I have a bone to pick. I am a former marathoner now racewalker, soccer player, hiker, weight lifter age 71 with a resting heart rate of 45. I am looking for less time consuming workout than the one you describe in your book. I think your suggested workout is way too much for 70+ people and too much unless you want to be a senior athlete and not just fit. If I put in an hour a day of your exercise I am tired and it takes up a lot of my time. I believe the new shorter routines are good enough if you want to be fit but not a senior athlete. The 4 x4 routine, half hour of weights or just a plank, push ups, pull ups and some other body only exercises. Long workouts are not necessary to stay fit. And besides who is going to play soccer or run a marathon after 70. Long should be maybe an hour and half of 70% heart rate and only done once or twice a month. Aren’t we just wearing ourselves out if we do to much exercise? The question I have which is not answered is how much should one do to be fit in their 70s and 80s. I don’t believe one can advise on this subject unless you have been there…..ie, you are actually in your 80s to say if you are more fatigued than when in the 70s from a routine and again we are not talking about super athletes but ordinary people. You are much too young to know what older people are feeling. I myself have never had joint problems or fatigue but now am enduring both as I am aging. I am finding I do not have the energy I used to when I was 50 and a marathoner. Now with a herniated disk in my neck and hip problems I cannot run long distances or do certain things.

    • Chris Crowley administrator

      Sorryl Just don’t agree. I am 80 and doing this stuff with ease. Go for it Chris

      • Gordon Hartwig

        May I ask what is your routine for the week and how fast do you run a mile in? Can you do run/walk 10 miles is less than 11 minute miles? Do you feel fatigued after such a workout? What about lifting weights for a hour? Or do you do shorter training? I know of few over 70 athletes so it would be nice to get a perspective from another person who at this time works out 5 to 6 times a week fairly hared.


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