Longevity: Live Longer by Jon N. Leonard

An excerpt from the book Live Longer by Jon N. Leonard a look at longevity and the best methods of diet and exercise to extend life.

LIVE LONGER Now. By Jon N. Leonard, J. L. Hofer, and N. Pritikin. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1974.

About the book: After 3 years of intensive research by 15 members of the Longevity Foundation, a new 2100 Program of diet and exercise was developed. Three members of the foundation--representing biology, psychology, business--have outlined it all in this simple and useful book. To add years to the human lifespan, the researchers concluded that with a proper diet and exercise program, human beings could add many healthy years to their lives and avoid the destructiveness of heart attacks, liver ailments, and other diseases. They've advocated only one exercise in their entire program, and that exercise is based on a concept called "roving."

From the book: Roving is a combination of walking and running with you in the pilot's seat. You decide if and when to run or whether merely to walk. Roving is the most natural of all exercises and has an extremely high-conditioning potential.

The key idea in roving is to set yourself a distance goal of so many miles. Then 4 or 5 times each week you set out to walk (or run if you prefer) that distance. Enjoy yourself as you go. Go different places on different days if you like. Change the scenery whenever you want to.

The central principle in roving is to cover a lot of ground, but to do it in your own good time. Roving can fit easily into the life of the average man or woman because it is so flexible. The working person can arrange to walk all or a part of the way to work each day....

Roving can start off as walking by itself, with no running at all. It may remain that way indefinitely. If it is at all possible, you should arrange your roving so that you can run during a rove whenever you feel like it. Physically it is beneficial, and it is very good emotionally to let a walking rove turn into a run then back into a walk, whenever you feel the urge. And you will feel the urge, once you have done it a few times. It is your million years of heredity coming into play that brings upon you a strong urge to lean forward and jog or run in the middle of a rove. If you have arranged things so that you can satisfy this urge without feeling foolish, it will be of great benefit to you....

That is all there is to roving. Set your distance. Travel that distance on foot 4 or 5 times each week. Go for distance, not time. Allow yourself to satisfy the urge to run.

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