New Year, New You: Clock-Stopping Beauty Secrets to Fight Aging and Feel Beautiful

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Even better, the exact same habits that keep you healthy, strong, and sexy in your thirties and forties also lay the foundation for a lifetime of health and beauty, inside and out. It's easy to overlook what a monumental realization this is. For as long as modern media has been around, twenty-something women have gotten all the buzz. Everyone was supposed to look like they were under thirty. Even doctors weren't that interested in women after their late twenties, when they were theoretically done having babies (boy, that's changed!). After the last baby and before the first hot flash was a medical no man's-land, when doctors put their patients on medical autopilot and didn't pay much attention to their health.

But today, for the very first time in history, the world in general, and doctors especially, are realizing that the thirties and forties are transformative decades for women. I don't just mean that these can be a woman's most beautiful years (although that's certainly true). Today, women in their thirties, forties, and beyond have more energy, vitality, and success than younger women. Consider this: When Forbes published a list of the world's fifty most powerful women in 2010, the vast majority, from Michelle Obama to Oprah, were in their forties or older.

It's no coincidence that the world is finally recognizing the incredible power of the thirties and forties in women's lives. In the past few years, new medical research has shown that these decades are the make-or break years for health and beauty. If you're in your thirties or forties, you stand at a critical crossroads: You can put yourself on autopilot, because you're understandably preoccupied with work and family and too busy to pay much attention to your own health. Or, you can commit to building a specific set of habits, affecting how you eat, exercise, handle stress, and care for your skin, hair, and body. If you put in the work to develop these habits now, you can lay the foundation for a lifetime of health, strength, and physical and emotional beauty.

That's why I wrote this book. I want to take you step-by-step through a program to build the habits that will transform the rest of your life and keep your body beautiful, inside and out, for decades to come.

Excerpted from YOUR BODY BEAUTIFUL by Jennifer Ashton with Christine Rojo. Copyright (c) 2012 by Dr Jennifer Ashton. Reprinted by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

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