The Canyon Ranch Guide to Living Younger Longer: A Complete Program for Optimal Health for Body, Mind and Spirit

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Simon and Schuster, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 280 pages
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America's premier health resort for more than twenty years, Canyon Ranch has helped tens of thousands of guests develop customized strategies to achieve their lifestyle goals -- from stress reduction to improved fitness, from nutritional guidance to weight loss, and from enhanced sexuality to heightened spirituality. Now Canyon Ranch's expert staff has adapted its innovative life-extending program for home use. Using the same individualized approach pioneered at the health resorts, this gorgeous book offers practical and easy-to-follow goal-setting guidelines and a varied menu of activities from which you can create a personal health program.

Drawing from Canyon Ranch's experience in fitness, nutrition, and wellness, The Canyon Ranch Guide to Living Younger Longer shows you how to use the latest information on human resiliency, healthy aging, musculoskeletal problems, preventative and integrative medicine, massage therapy, yoga, healthy sexuality, exercise, and mindful eating to create a routine that works for you.

If your primary goal is to lighten your diet, you'll find dozens of delicious and healthy recipes, five guiding principles for nutritional intelligence, and practical tips on how to avoid overindulging in restaurants, as well as information on how to quickly measure portion size, how to choose foods rich in nutrients like antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, and how to limit the amount of sugar you consume. If you want to reduce arthritic pain, you'll learn exercises to build musculoskeletal strength, hear about traditional and complementary medicines that have been shown to ease pain, and find out what massage therapies might be appropriate for you.

If you don't have a specific goal in mind, but want a life full of zest, joy, and dignity, read about the connections between human values and human health, reaffirm the importance of emotional and sexual intimacy, and explore a variety of stress reduction techniques, from meditation and chi gong to letting go of self-punishing behavior and learning to cope with shifting moods.

Beautifully illustrated with striking full-color and instructional photographs, The Canyon Ranch Guide to Living Younger Longer is as inspiring and exhilarating as it is practical. With information on everything from how to flavor recipes without salt to how to incorporate more spirituality into a busy life, this book is truly a reflection of the spirit, style, and philosophy of the famous Canyon Ranch Health Resort.

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In 1968, then forty-year-old Mel Zuckerman took a battery of tests, which showed that his biological age -- measured by such biomarkers as aerobic capacity, bone and muscle mass, and chronic stress response -- was sixty-five to seventy years. Eleven years later, he discovered that he could reverse his biomarkers of aging -- and, together with his wife, Enid, opened Canyon Ranch Health Resort to teach others how they too can live younger longer. Canyon Ranch has been recognized as the world's "Best Spa" by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Shape, and Gourmet. Canyon Ranch has locations in Tucson, Arizona; Lenox, Massachusetts; and Las Vegas, Nevada. More than twenty members of the incomparable professional staff of Canyon Ranch have contributed their expertise to this book.

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