Living with the Warrior’s Edge involves staying fit and keeping healthy. We need bodies that can perform the functions we need to accomplish as well as remain disease free. Healthy eating and exercise are an integral part of living with the Warrior’s Edge. That is one of the reasons I teach and write about fitness and provide reviews of resources to help in these areas. The most recent book I’ve read on the topic is Dr. Jeffry Life’s The Life Plan. I found it to be an excellent guide for men who are aging. Here is my review of the book:
The Life Plan Review
If you are a man looking to grow better rather than grow older, The Life Plan: How Any Man Can Achieve Lasting Health, Great Sex, and a Stronger, Leaner Body by Jeffry S. Life, M.D., Ph.D. is a book that can point you in the right direction. Just seeing Dr. Life (Isn’t that a great name for someone who writes and teaches about health, fitness and living longer?) looking fit at 72 on the cover should be enough to motivate some people to get to exercising and eating better. The former “Body for Life” contest winner walks his talk. (When Dr. Life was in his 50s he was overweight and not healthy, but he turned his life around with exercise, eating and hormone regulation, and that is what he teaches in this book.)
The first part of the book deals with Dr. Life’s “Life Plan.” This focuses on taking control of your health through healthy eating, exercise and regulating hormones. The eating section describes what you should eat and why, and provides sample diet plans. It’s a common sense diet that Dr. Life says is for life, not just a short fix. He’s not big on cheat days, but he does cheap on a meal once in a while. This might be strict for some people, but you can’t argue with the results when you see Dr. Life in his 70s.
The exercise portion of the book focuses on the variables Dr. Life says every exercise program should contain: Flexibility, Core and Balance workouts; Resistance Training; and Cardio Workouts. Following the advice in this book is sure to help men get in better shape, and be healthier. (I especially liked that he includes High-Intensity Interval Training, because I’ve also researched and found it to be one of the best ways to maximize training time and achieve better fitness levels.) I also liked that Dr. Life recommends martial art training as a portion of a person’s exercise and fitness program.
The final part of the book deals with optimizing your health by regulating hormones and provides guidance men can use when working with their doctors to ensure hormone levels are where they should be to be both healthy and sexually active as one should be, even when aging.
I liked the book because it takes an approach to not only look better, but to make a person healthier to prevent disease, especially heart disease. It encompasses a well rounded approach and is written by a medical doctor who in his 70s looks (and probably feels) better than many men half his age or younger. He doesn’t just have the medical degree, but the experience of being out of shape and doing something about it. It’s a motivating book and an educational book, especially for those that maybe don’t know much about getting fit. I recommend it for all men who want to be healthy and get better and not just older.
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