Sexy at Sixty
Health and Beauty at Every Age
by Namita Jain
Published by Westland Ltd
202 Pages (in English)
Sexy At Sixty – Health and Beauty at Every Age is a great book to read and refer, time and again. Padma Shri Awardee Hema Malini, the “Dreamgirl” of Bollywood, who has written the “Foreword” for this book, has this to say on the cover:
“Packed with useful information, diet tips and exercises to help everyone discover their perfect wellness goals! I commend Namita for choosing to deal with a subject that is so relevant today, and for showing us how indeed the sixties is an exciting place to be!”
What a neat way to sum it up! Folks, Hema Malini, the heartthrob of Indian Cinema, still looks stunning at 63 and I think the author picked the perfect star to write the foreword for this book.
This book is for everyone who cares about being healthy. Can you be sexy at sixty? I’d say yes – since I come from a family of women who, at the age of 70, did not look a day older than 50 – so healthy was their lifestyle. Why, my Mom looked super at sixty – so I have a great role model to follow. My Mom would definitely answer with a resounding “YES” to the following questions from Namita, the author:
- Can you climb up three flights without gasping for breath?
- Do you sleep well?
- Do you wake up most mornings looking forward to the day?
- Do you go for a walk, visit a gym, play a sport or engage in some other energetic activity at least thrice a week?
- Do you eat wholesome nutritious food?
- Do you relax and take time out without feeling stressed?
That is the sort of thing you can expect in this book – and I like it!
So let’s get on with the book review, already!
About the book:
The book aims to steer you towards the path of health and beauty. (Click the pic on the left for a clear look at the contents). It has easy to read and understand information and tips on becoming and staying healthy. It is a “celebration of this wondrous phase of life”. Namita draws from her years of experience at Bombay Hospital to offer her tips and advice on leading a healthy lifestyle.
Each chapter begins with an introduction, followed by an “In Focus” subhead that offers facts. “Fast Track” is sprinkled all over the book to offer a snippet of valuable advice. “NamitaSpeak” describes the “how-to” related to the chapter with examples interspersed throughout the book. There is a “Flight Plan” for every chapter that tells you what action to take, based on what you read in that chapter. And if you have “problems”, Namita tells you how to overcome them. When she talks about a medical condition, she describes its causes and how to tackle it.
There are tables to show the exact calorie count of your meals, illustrations for safe ways to exercise, chapters on skin care, weight gain, stress, arthritis, diabetes and other health conditions and easy to follow notes on menopause and prostate issues. There are natural tips to combat various conditions.
What I liked:
Hema Malini’s foreword is very well written. She talks about entering the sixties in a happy frame of mind, using this phase of life to connect with family and enjoy all the things she wanted to do. She’s a great example as we all adore her anyway!
I loved Namita’s sense of humor throughout the book. For example: when she talks about the benefits of exercise, she says, “If you fitness regimen includes doing something besides jumping to conclusions, stretching the truth and pushing your luck, you will actually feel the following benefits….” That had me laughing! I especially enjoyed the chapter on Menopause – she makes it all look very hopeful. She deals with Osteoporosis – a very relevant topic for women – and talks about how to deal with it through exercise. Stress busters is another wonderful chapter. And what is health without beauty? There’s a chapter for skin care. She wraps up the book with info on a balanced diet and the ABC’s of nutrition.
I like the exercise regimens throughout the book. I know I am going to take action on several things, thanks to this book.
Namita says, on the back cover, that the book is aimed at the modern not-so-young man or woman, but I thought it is a good reference, no matter what age you’re at. After all, unless you begin investing in your health at a young age, you cannot reap the benefits later.
Taking control of your health is the best insurance you can give your life.
I loved the book. An easy read. Very well formatted. Full of tips one can take action on, right away. Even if you lead a healthy lifestyle, there are lots of takeaways from this book. A useful reference to show off on your bookshelf! I definitely recommend buying it!
About the author:
Namita Jain is a Mumbai-based certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, Lifestyle and Weight management Consultant from the American Council on Exercise [ACE] and certified Health and Fitness Instructor from the American College of Sports Medicine [ACSM]. She is the Founder of LiveActive, a wellness company that delivers effective and holistically designed wellness programmes based on individual needs.
And oh, to answer Namita’s question,
“Would you like to be somber and cranky or suave and sexy as you age?” no prizes for guessing – of course I’d like to be suave and sexy.