Enamored is the word that came to mind when I first read the preface of Dr. Marc Ronert’s new book, Age Later. A German plastic surgeon who built a career on reconstruction of the face and body after trauma and illness, he has spent his life helping people in need. That’s pretty awesome — in the truest sense of the word.
But he also does the kinds of surgeries that people seek when their face starts to sag or a ring of fat appears around their waist. After careful thought and study about aging bodies, he came to believe that the problems those people seek to correct are, to some degree, within their control.
“As I researched the various causes of tissue degeneration, I became more aware that there is much we can do to slow down the aging process,” he writes in the book, “and that aging, to a large extent, is something that human beings do to ourselves. We can accelerate or curtail the aging process depending on the choices we make and how we live our lives.”
We at The Fine Line couldn’t agree more. I read eagerly through each of nine chapters to the end of the book.
The first two chapters present the science of aging in an elegant but easy to comprehend way. The next two are written to motivate people who are just getting started on their journey into wellness. Dr. Ronert (and we) recognize that it can be daunting to consider radical lifestyle changes — even changes that have the potential not just to help you look and feel better but also save your life. But the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, and Age Later is a roadmap through food, exercise, skin care, and inner peace.
If you already work hard to eat a clean, whole-foods diet, get a bit of purposeful exercise most days, invest in a skin care regimen, and dabble in yoga and meditation, you’re ahead of the curve. But that’s not to say that there’s nothing here for you. There are plenty of good reminders of small things even wellness devotees can do to improve their routines, and there’s a lot of current research that could help clear up some confusion.
The subtitle of the book is “Look Seven Years Younger in Just Seven Weeks,” and we know enough about this kind of thing to believe that if you were to dive into this book and take Dr. Ronert’s advice, that would no doubt be true. But we also know enough to believe that the effects Age Later could have on your life are more than skin deep.
To purchase Age Later, go to agelaterbook.com.