The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer

The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer

by Gretchen Reynolds

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Overview

The New York Times bestseller that explains how groundbreaking scientific discoveries can help each of us achieve our personal best

Every week, Gretchen Reynolds single-handedly influences how millions of Americans work out. In her popular New York Times column, she debunks myths, spurs conversation, and stirs controversy by questioning widely held beliefs about exercise.

Here, Reynolds consults experts in a range of fields to share paradigm-shifting findings that were previously only available in academic and medical journals, including: 

·        20 minutes of cardio is all you need (and sometimes six minutes is enough)

·        Stretching before a workout is counterproductive

·        Chocolate milk is better than Gatorade for recovery

Whether you’re running ultramarathons or just want to climb the stairs without losing your breath, The First 20 Minutes will show you how to be healthy today and perform better tomorrow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101580653
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/26/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 290,830
File size: 767 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

GRETCHEN REYNOLDS pens the “Phys Ed” column for the New York Times, which appears on the “Well” blog online and in the Science Times print section. An award-winning journalist, her byline has appeared in the New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; AARP Magazine; Popular Science; and Outside, among others. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: A Body in Motion xiii

Chapter 1 The First 20 Minutes 1

Chapter 2 Stretching the Truth 25

Chapter 3 It's Not About the Bites 50

Chapter 4 The Losing Battle 77

Chapter 5 What We Mean When We Talk About Endurance 100

Chapter 6 Give Me the Strength to Carry On 125

Chapter 7 When Bad Things Happen to Good Workouts 148

Chapter 8 How to Build a Better Brain 182

Chapter 9 Survival of the Fittest 209

Chapter 10 Pushing Back the Finish Line 231

Conclusion: Use It or Lose It 249

Index 259

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The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
WineLamp More than 1 year ago
this book is so well written that i am constantly reading parts aloud to anyone close enough to listen.... i can't stop recommending it! i love the author's witty and sharp style, she is amazing. if you like science, memoirs, trivia or if you just want to live to be 100, read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Gretchen's NYTimes articles, so was happy to see her same lovely writing style and perfectly researched information in book format. Learned much-- not only about exercise but about general health. Excellent read! Thank you Gretchen.
JenEss More than 1 year ago
Even though I'm a middle-aged woman who doesn't exercise near enough, I really enjoyed this book and the message it's sending. I now have a "Get Moving!" timer on my computer that's set to go off every 20 minutes to remind me to get up and move around. Thanks to Laura Ingraham for interviewing the author on her radio show.
annbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book contains some interesting information, but doesn't sort that information into clear conclusions about how much of what kind of exercise is good for what people. I realize that that is a very tall order, and the author does make in unequivocally clear that exercise is good for you physically, good for you mentally, will help you stay healthier, will help you live longer, etc. etc. etc. Nonetheless, too much of the information on what sort of (and how much) exercise we should do is confusingly presented, and sometimes contradictory. I read and enjoy Ms. Reynolds' physical fitness columns in The New York Times, but I came away from the book thinking that she may be better at columns than at books.
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