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

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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 ...

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Danny Dreyer
"[This book] delivers answers to many perennial training questions [and] does a great job of myth-busting some well-established beliefs. It's a great guide for the mindful athlete who wants to gain all the benefits of physical training while minimizing downtime from injury or overtraining."
Dan Coyle
"There has never been a better time in history to grow stronger, faster and smarter; there has never been a more helpful book than Gretchen Reynolds's The First 20 Minutes. Smart, clear, and beautifully useful, this is the new fitness bible for the modern age."
Dean Karnazes
"The First 20 Minutes is packed with interesting tips and insights. Pickle juice for cramps, who would have ever thought! Gretchen Reynolds once again delivers a winner."
Danny Dreyer
"[This book] delivers answers to many perennial training questions [and] does a great job of myth-busting some well-established beliefs. It's a great guide for the mindful athlete who wants to gain all the benefits of physical training while minimizing downtime from injury or overtraining."
Dan Coyle
"There has never been a better time in history to grow stronger, faster and smarter; there has never been a more helpful book than Gretchen Reynolds's The First 20 Minutes. Smart, clear, and beautifully useful, this is the new fitness bible for the modern age."
Dean Karnazes
"The First 20 Minutes is packed with interesting tips and insights. Pickle juice for cramps, who would have ever thought! Gretchen Reynolds once again delivers a winner."
Publishers Weekly
Gretchen Reynolds writes the Phys Ed column in the New York Times, and her book is an informative and entertaining review of current science about exercise and fitness, with good, commonsense recommendations that cut through confusing, often conflicting research on the subject. The author pulls no punches—with good humor she zeroes in and proves that almost everything we think we know about exercise is wrong. A very rational and readable volume, it is first and foremost a user’s manual that also explains that much of what we have been advised to do is inappropriate and possibly dangerous, especially since we must exercise to achieve a healthy, lifestyle disease–beating, aging-retarding regimen. Dispelling myths and deconstructing commonly held but inaccurate beliefs on almost every page, Reynolds reveals, for example, why stretching is bad, but warming up before working out is good; why it’s better to drink (only water) before and after exercise, not during; that a normal, healthy diet, not “training” food is all we need; why it’s harder for women than men to lose weight and keep it off; and why ibuprofen actually blunts exercise. Armed with the information in this book, readers will be inspired and motivated to reassess their habitual exercise programs and make positive changes. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142196755
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 139,376
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

GRETCHEN REYNOLDS lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and son. This is her first book.

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

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    funniest and most talented writer i've read in years!

    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!

    28 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Highly recommended

    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.

    22 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

    Even though I'm a middle-aged woman who doesn't exercise near en

    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.

    22 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 3, 2013

    Discovering Diana

    I first discovered this book whilst vacationing in North Carolina. Pale skin and a natural predestination to shun sand not to mention the awful sunburn I picked up the first day on the beach had combined to keep me in the beachhouse for awhile. In perusing the bookshelves I happened to stumble upon this book of Diana Wynne Jones. While she was already a favorite of mine, I had never even heard of this book.
    Already a bit of an obscure author, Diana writes in the classic British legacy of such authors such as Terry Pratchett of the Discworld series and Jonathan Stroud of the Bartimaeus Sequence. These authors combine dazzeling fantasy worlds with intelligent and toungue-in-cheek humor.
    Diana is probably best known for Howl's Moving Castle and I particularly enjoy her Chronicles of Chrestomanci, however Dark Lord of Derkholm has also found a place on my bookshelf and in my heart as one of my favorite fantasy novels. The quirky story of the Wizard Derk, his eccentric family, and their misadventures create a captivating story that kept me up late every night (or was that the sunburn?) Suitable for both children and adults like me this underappreciated delight should find its way onto your bookshelf whether virtual or tangible.

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