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Review: Gifford’s Spring Chicken

Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying)
Bill Gifford

This will come as no surprise, but the older I get, the more obsessed I become with aging and how to stay physically and mentally healthy as the number pile up. Gifford does a good job here of reviewing the latest science and behavioral studies to pull out trends (some wacky, some worth pursuing) and breaking it down for us simple folk. Think of it as Gladwell for the age obsessed.

I read a fair amount of this kind of stuff, and it can go either way sometimes too light hearted, sometimes too wonky. Gifford is a top notch journalist and he gets the sauce just right – plenty of clear explanations of the latest in exercise science and nutrition but peppered with a healthy helping of fascinating anecdotes on the scientists and “life hackers” working on the idea of extending our healthy years. If health / aging/ nutrition is you thing, then this will be your thing.

Recommended for the enthusiast.

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    […] Spring Chicken, Bill Gifford – Recommended for the […]

  2. On Re-Reading Gifford’s Spring Chicken and Thinking About Improving My Health Span | Milo and the Calf

    […] My first read of this book was my gateway into following anti-aging research. This second read, and a lot of ancillary reading in this area, has left me focused on three things I’d like to incorporate more into my life: (i) fasting, (ii) cold exposure, and (iii) weight training. (I’ll likely write a separate piece about diet and supplements, which I’ve also been thinking a lot about, in the future) […]

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