Author(s): Gretchen Reynolds
Discover the amazing restorative powers of chocolate milk on tired muscles, how running can actually be good for your knees and how even just 20 minutes of regular exercise can transform your health and well-being. Right now, modern science is revolutionizing the traditional workout. More is known about exercise, health and fitness than ever before, from how (and how much) we should be exercising, to the pros and cons of barefoot running and the effect music can have on a workout. In The First Twenty Minutes New York Times columnist Gretchen Reynolds has turned the key findings of cutting-edge research into practical, user-friendly advice to help you improve the way you exercise. Whether you are a sprinter or a marathon runner, whether your goal is weight loss or a faster 5k, this book provides evidence-based answers showing you how you can train more efficiently, recover more quickly and reap all the physical and mental benefits of an exercise regime specifically tailored to meet your individual needs.
'Armed with the information in this book, readers will be inspired and motivated to reassess their habitual exercise programs and make positive changes.' Publisher's Weekly 'This is a science book, first and foremost ... you will learn about the current state of physiology, biology, psychology, and the neurology of couch potatoes and of athletes and everyone in between. What's cool is how much we now know, and how much we used to "know" was wrong. The big takeaway is that a little exercise is enormously better than none. And fidgeting is good.' - John Goodreads 'Whether directed at a marathoner or a once-a-week sprinter, Reynolds' important message rings true: "The body wants to move," she writes. "Go with it."... Solid advice with motivational oomph to get you up and running.' Kirkus Review 'Smart, clear, and beautifully useful, this is the new fitness bible for the modern age.' - Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code
Gretchen Reynolds writes for the popular 'Phys ED' column in The New York Times. She also writes for The New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Men's Journal, Outside, Parade, Popular Science and others.