Happy Friday, friends. Today’s post is titled Forever Strong Book Review: Part 1.
Forever Strong by Dr. Gabrielle Lyon fits right into my word-of-the-year focus and I am learning so much from this book.
The book is 387 pages packed with good information so I am just going to skim the main ideas for a couple of posts.
Some reviews call the book a game changer.
I do encourage you to purchase it, FOREVER STRONG: A NEW SCIENCE-BASED STRATEGY FOR AGING WELL.
I knew the importance of muscle strength, but Dr. Lyon has showed me just how important and areas where I was making mistakes.
FOREVER STRONG BOOK REVIEW: A LITTLE BACKGROUND
I do have a little history with strength training that I want to mention because I believe it is important when looking at Forever Strong.
Right before I turned 60, I was convinced by friends to begin strength training in a group of friends and a trainer…his name was Brett…a very patient man. (LOL)
I was more motivated by watching my mother in her sixties need help to get off the toilet all of the time, and deteriorate year-to-year in strength.
At that point, I had not gone into a gym for me…just to support my children. It took so much just to talk myself into it.
When you are someone like me, strength training is very difficult in the beginning….but remember slow and steady wins the race…no matter what you do makes a difference.
On the first day, Brett told me to get down on the floor and do a push up. I told him…I CANNOT DO THAT.
He quietly said, GET ON THE FLOOR….so I did, but my arms would do nothing! Yep, I said NOTHING.
That was when he hit the floor and firmly said, “Pam, what are you going to do if you fall? How will you get up? Now, use your arms and get off this floor!”
Over the next five years, this man and a couple of other trainers would get me to a point where I could dead life 130 pounds.
But, the years in between 65-70 have had many reasons that I did not continue working out on the same level. The wonky foot was a big part of the problem.
When I worked with a trainer prior to the wedding, she said, you cannot go back until you have your foot surgery…you need the balance and the toes.
I learned, though, how important just doing something has been with this foot surgery.
I have incredible strength with my other leg and hips, so getting around (and up and down) has not been a problem…muscles are amazing at how they remember strength and kick in sometimes when you least expect.
But, you have to lay a foundation of strength training for that to happen.
Now, I need to prepare to get back at it, and Dr. Lyon in Forever Strong has convinced me that it is more important now than ever before.
I also want to highly recommend working with a trainer if possible…it does make a difference.
But, don’t let that be an excuse to do nothing!
FOREVER STRONG BOOK REVIEW: MUSCLE-CENTRIC MEDICINE
After years of practicing medicine, Dr. Lyon noticed that muscle determines everything about the trajectory of our health and aging.
Muscles are related to everything about us…and we are not just discussing lifting weights.
She now solely practices Muscle-Centric Medicine.
She writes, “Muscle-Centric Medicine, which recognizes muscle as the organ of longevity, is the future of health. Here’s your chance to change your life and rewrite your future.”
Forever Strong tackles why diets don’t work, health fads eventually are stopped, and health doesn’t improve.
I am better informed now to see how everything relates…and how to be more effective with my own personal health plan.
FOREVER STRONG BOOK REVIEW: KEY POINTS
Here are the key benefits, Dr. Lyon believes will happen with a muscle-centric health plan that is well rounded.
Remember we are not talking weight training alone.
In those early years of weight training, I was amazed at how clear I could be after leaving all that I had on the gym floor.
Missing this had so much to do with motivating me to get this foot surgery done.
Dr. Lyon writes,
“Achieving your wellness goals depends on two core factors: knowing WHAT to do, that is, absorbing the evidence-based guidance I’m sharing about diet, exercise, and other lifestyle interventions, and knowing HOW to do it.
What I am referring to here is harnessing the mental framework necessary, in all its layers to get the job done. The job at hand is taking 100% control of, and responsibility for your own well-being.”
I personally know that it takes so much mentally to just get started and then to keep it going.
So, I also know to make some of the changes she recommends along with it, will also take mental strength.
FOREVER STRONG BOOK REVIEW: BE YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND
These little two pound weights can help! Do not avoid muscle strength because you think it is all about the big weights.
Slow and steady wins the race.
First, read Forever Strong, and then join me with a goal to increase muscle strength this year.
As I said, there is so much good information in Forever Strong, and I will cover some more next Friday, but there is no way I can cover it all here.
I encourage you to order the book…FOREVER STRONG: A NEW SCIENCE-BASED STRATEGY FOR AGING WELL.
Let’s get healthier together. Of course, it will be a little while longer before I return to the gym.
When I do I will let you know what path I am taking for working out.
Let me know if you have any questions about this Forever Strong Book Review….and make sure that you always…..
STAY STRONG AND KEEP SMILING!!
By Pamela Lutrell
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