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Prime Time

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Prime Time

Love, health, sex, fitness, friendship, spirit—making the most of all of your life
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In this inspiring and candid book, Jane Fonda, #1 bestselling author, actress, and workout pioneer, gives us a blueprint for living well and for making the most of life, especially the second half of...
In this inspiring and candid book, Jane Fonda, #1 bestselling author, actress, and workout pioneer, gives us a blueprint for living well and for making the most of life, especially the second half of...
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  • In this inspiring and candid book, Jane Fonda, #1 bestselling author, actress, and workout pioneer, gives us a blueprint for living well and for making the most of life, especially the second half of it. Covering sex, love, food, fitness, self-understanding, spiritual and social growth, and your brain. In Prime Time, she offers a vision for successful living and maturing, A to Z.

    Highlighting new research and stories from her own life and from the lives of others, Jane Fonda explores how the critical years from 45 and 50, and especially from 60 and beyond, can be times when we truly become the energetic, loving, fulfilled people we were meant to be. Covering the 11 key ingredients for vital living, Fonda invites you to consider with her how to live a more insightful, healthy, and fully integrated life, a life lived more profoundly in touch with ourselves, our bodies, minds, and spirits, and with our talents, friends, and communities.

    In her research, Fonda discovered two metaphors, the arch and the staircase, that became for her two visions of life. She shows how to see your life the staircase way, as one of continual ascent. She explains how she came to understand the earlier decades of her life by performing a life review, and she shows how you can do a life review too. She reveals how her own life review enabled her to let go of old patterns, to see what means the most to her, and then to cultivate new goals and dreams, to make the most of the mature years. For there has been a longevity revolution, and the average human life expectancy has jumped by years. Fonda asks, what we are meant to do with this precious gift of time? And she writes about how we can navigate the fertile voids that life periodically presents to us. She makes suggestions about exercise (including three key movements for optimal health), diet (how to eat by color), meditation, and how learning new things and creating fresh pathways in your brain can add quality to your life. Fonda writes of positivity, and why many people are happier in the second half of their lives than they have ever been before.

    In her #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, My Life So Far, Jane Fonda focused on the first half of her extraordinary life--what she called Acts I and II--with an eye toward preparing for a vibrant Act III. Now we have a thoughtfully articulated memoir and guide for how to make all of your life, and especially Act III, Prime Time.




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    PREFACE

    The Arch and the Staircase
    The past empowers the present, and the groping
    footsteps leading to this present mark the pathways
    to the future.
    --Mary Catherine Bateson

    Several years ago, i was coming to the end of my sixties
    and facing my seventies, the second decade of what I thought of as
    the Third Act of my life-- Act III, which, as I see it, begins at age
    sixty. I was worried. Being in my sixties was one thing. Given good
    health, we can fudge our sixties. But seventy--now, that's serious.
    In our grandparents' time, people in their seventies were considered
    part of the "old old" . . . on their way out.

    However, a revolution has occurred within the last century--
    a longevity revolution. Studies show that, on average, thirty- four
    years have been added to human life expectancy, moving it from an
    average of forty- six years to eighty! This addition represents an
    entire second adult lifetime, and whether we choose to confront it
    or not, it changes everything, including what it means to be human.

    Adding a Room

    The social anthropologist (and a friend of mine) Mary Catherine
    Bateson has a metaphor for living with this longer life span in view.
    She writes in her recent book Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active
    Wisdom, "We have not added decades to life expectancy by simply
    extending old age; instead, we have opened up a new space partway
    through the life course, a second and different kind of adulthood
    that precedes old age, and as a result every stage of life is undergoing
    change." Bateson uses the identifi able metaphor of what happens
    when a new room is added to your home. It isn't just the new
    room that is different; every other part of the house and how it is
    used is altered a bit by the addition of this room.

    In the house that is our life, things such as planning, marriage,
    love, fi nances, parenting, travel, education, physical fi tness, work,
    retirement--our very identities, even!--all take on new meaning
    now that we can expect to be vital into our eighties and nineties
    . . . or longer.

    But our culture has not come to grips with the ways the longevity
    revolution has altered our lives. Institutionally, so much of how
    we do things is the same as it was early in the twentieth century,
    with our lives segregated into age- specifi c silos: During the fi rst
    third we learn, during the second third we produce, and the last
    third we presumably spend on leisure. Consider, instead, how it
    would look if we tore down the silos and integrated the activities.
    For example, let's begin to think of learning and working as a lifelong
    challenge instead of something that ends when you retire.

    What if the wonderfully empowering feeling of being productive
    can be experienced by children early in life, and if they know from
    fi rst grade that education will be an expected part of their entire
    lives? What if the second, traditionally productive silo is braided
    with leisure and education? And seniors, with twenty or more productive
    years left, can enjoy leisure time while remaining in the
    workforce in some form and attending to education if for no other
    reason than to challenge their minds? Envisioned this way, longevity
    becomes like a symphony with echoes of different times recurring
    with slight modifi cations, as in music, across the life arc.

    Except that we don't have the sheet music to this new symphony.
    We-- today's boomers and seniors-- are the pioneer generations,
    the ones who need...

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  • Los Angeles Times

    "Reassuring . . . upbeat . . . Prime Time is part autobiographical confessional, part life advice, the two intertwined, so that reading the book is often like talking to a friend."

  • The New York Times
    "A how-to book about being happy and self-aware [that] cites research and interviews with upbeat, lively, sexually active older people to extract some all-purpose lessons about endurance."
  • Woman's Day
    "Warm, informative, and incredibly life affirming."
  • InStyle "Read this, age gracefully."
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