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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

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by Gretchen Reynolds, Karen Saltus (Narrated by)
 

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Every Wednesday, Gretchen Reynolds singlehandedly influences how millions of Americans work out. In her Phys Ed column for the New York Times, she debunks myths, spurs conversation, and creates arguments among her readers by questioning widely held beliefs about exercise.

Expanding upon her popular columns, Reynolds tackles the questions we all have

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Every Wednesday, Gretchen Reynolds singlehandedly influences how millions of Americans work out. In her Phys Ed column for the New York Times, she debunks myths, spurs conversation, and creates arguments among her readers by questioning widely held beliefs about exercise.

Expanding upon her popular columns, Reynolds tackles the questions we all have and (sometimes) ask about exercise. Consulting experts in physiology, biology, psychology, neurology, and sports, she uncovers how often we should exercise, how long workouts should be, how to avoid injury, and how to find the right form, routine, and equipment for our goals.

She also reveals some surprising answers, like:
20 minutes of cardio at a time is enough to obtain maximum health benefits. (In some cases, just six minutes is all you need.)
Stretching before a workout is counterproductive. (It's better to just start easy, i.e., walk before you run.)
Core strength is nice but not necessary. (A six–pack looks great, but actually has little bearing on performance)
Walking improves your memory; housecleaning improves your mood (The brain is like a muscle—it likes to exercise.)
Chocolate milk is better than Gatorade for recovery. (The best sports nutrition is often the simplest.)

Drawing on scientific expertise as well as her own athletic experiences, Gretchen Reynolds will help you find the right workout for your body, age, fitness, and goals. Whether your desire is to be fit for the rest of your life, to look great in a smaller dress size, or to run your third marathon in Boston, The First 20 Minutes will make your workouts work for you.

Editorial Reviews

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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"[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."—Danny Dreyer, founder of Chi Running

"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."—Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code

"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."—Dean Karnazes, New York Times bestselling author of UltraMarathon Man

"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... Armed with the information in this book, readers will be inspired and motivated to reassess their habitual exercise programs and make positive changes."—Publishers Weekly

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469024226
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
07/23/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet 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.

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The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 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.
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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.