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Michael Mosley
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19 Dec 2013
Dr Michael Mosley and Peta Bee investigate the fascinating science behind a radical new approach to exercise, one that is incredibly time efficient. Research done by leading sports scientists has shown the extraordinary impact that *ultra short bursts* of high intensity intermittent training can have, whether you are an athlete or a sedentary couch potato. In Fast Exercise, Michael Mosley, a sloth, teams up with super-fit health journalist Peta Bee to dispel myths and show you how to get the most out of exercise, whatever your age or level of fitness. They offer practical, science based advice and a range of novel work outs designed for the time-starved generation. Workouts that can be done anywhere, anytime and which fit unobtrusively into even the busiest day. This is a book for those, like Michael, who don't enjoy exercising but want to lose fat and stay healthy. It is for those, like Peta, who love exercise and want to get the most from it. It is also for those who are simply curious about how their bodies work.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd (19 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780721986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780721989
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The easy, no-gym fitness plan from the doctor behind the Fast Diet... Short exercise bursts get the most from a workout in the least possible time and dramatic changes can be achieved... If your body seems to be unresponsive to exercise, or your life is too busy for long workouts, Fast Exercise is for you" --The Times

"Informative, easy to understand... offers not only good health but a host of spillover benefits besides... Fast Exercise is the way of the future." --Professor Stuart M. Phillips Ph.D., FACSM, FACN Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Metabolism Research Group McMaster University, CANADA and Visiting Professor, School of Exercise, Sport Science, and Health
Loughborough University, UK

"Fast Exercise is a great practical introduction into the field of high intensity exercise. The personal perspective matched with references to the both old and new scientific literature provides compelling reading." --Carl Johan Sundberg MD, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Physiology & Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

"A health revolution"

--The New York Times

About the Author

Michael Mosley trained to be a doctor before joining the BBC, where he has been a science journalist, executive producer and, more recently, a well-known television presenter. He has written and presented series on BBC One, Two, Three and Four as well as BBC Radio Four. He has won numerous television awards, including an RTS (Royal Television Award) and being named Medical Journalist of the Year by the British Medical Association. He lives in Beaconsfield, and is married to a doctor and has four children. Peta Bee is an award-winning journalist who writes regularly for The Times, Daily Mail and Sunday Times. She has degrees in sports science and nutrition and is a qualified running coach. Peta won the Medical Journalists' Associations Freelance of the Year Award in 2008 and 2012 and appears regularly on television and radio. She is the author of six previous books on health and fitness including the official guide to women's fitness for the London 2012 Olympic Games. She lives with her family in Berkshire.

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92 of 96 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good But With Reservations 12 Feb 2014
By JJ
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading the reviews and seeing that the author has a best-selling book within the dieting field, I bought this one with high hopes. Let me divulge here that I'm a qualified personal trainer and have worked in a gym for five years using HIT with many of my clients. HIT truly is the most superior method of training for weight loss or any number of exercise related goals. Unfortunately I was left underwhelmed by this book; please let me explain.

I'll start with the positives and say that Fast Exercise is extremely well written; I understand the author is a journalist. I applaud the book and the writer for bringing HIT to the attention of more people - It works truly well. Now onto my criticisms:

First of all, the book references many studies, which I applaud, but precious few of these actually compare HIT to other forms of training which leaves you unable to see for yourself just how superior HIT is against the competition.

This being an exercise book, I would expect to put it down and be motivated to exercise. Unfortunately it falls a little flat here. Early on we are given statistics on arthritis and how exercise can cause and exacerbate this, yet we are given no council on reducing the risks. We are only told that we can expect crippling injury if we take part in this form of exercise. This should never be the case with a varied regime and good exercise preparation.

The book mentions some of the benefits of HIT, ie, weight loss, improved athletic performance and VO2 max. But it fails to mention some of the many other benefits such as beta endorphins or improving your tolerance to strenuous activity by pushing back your anaerobic threshold. The author sells HIT severely short here.
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111 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast but effective 6 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
I'm a GP and many of my patients found that The Fast Diet very helpful. I can see the Fast Exercise book also being something that could really help people who are overweight, not particularly fit but motivated to change. It is simple to understand, extremely doable, science based but radical in its approach. The Fast Exercise book is partly based on Michael Mosley's Horizon, "The Truth About Exercise" but he has also injected a lot of new content. He explains in clear detail the science behind the claims and adds in a lot of useful references. I like the fact that he is a self confessed sloth, but has written this with Peta Bee, who is clearly much more athletic. I don't particularly enjoy exercise and do it mainly because it makes me feel better, so I was particularly encouraged by the fact that you don't have to be super fit to take up HIT (high intensity training). I typically go for a few short runs a week and wondered if it was worthwhile. Now I inject a bit of HIT into my run (i sprint up hills for 20 seconds, rather than puffing up slowly) and can already, I think, begin to feel the effects.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 5-2 diet 8 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you are following the diet plan, then you will like the exercises that have been designed to complement that plan. Nothing too strenuous. Very easy to follow.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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This has frightened me to death. My him is too high, my resting heart rate is too high, I am too fat, and I spend far too much time sitting on my arse. But this book has inspired me to take some positive action
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exercise to live - not live to Exercise. 2 July 2014
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I would like to warmly recommend this book, if for no other reason that for 2 months now I have consistently exercised. The guilt has gone. I have always forced myself to exercise but hated every minute of it. I was never sporty but I know how important it is for overall health. As a result I would always be fighting a procrastination battle - the sheer boredom of having to run for 30 minutes or the mental torture of having to go to a circuits session at the local leisure centre are now a thing of the past. In ten minutes a day, with a little self discipline - I get done what needs done - and then I feel a little smug. I don't want to run a marathon or enter a triathlon - I just want to look athletic and be healthy. Hopefully Mosley is right on the science - as this system works for me and seems sustainable. Bizarrely, I actually look forward to it because I expect good results in return for max effort over a very short time. I have combined it with a fast day each week. I'm looking pretty trim and lost a couple of pounds from 12'13 down to around 12'5.

The purists may complain that the book lacks detail or that there are better books on HIIT....Sloths like me don't need this - we need a life hack - and liberation from the tyranny of guilt brought on by all the exercise that we think we ought to be doing. Inspiring work Dr Mosley - readable, doable and likely very sustainable.
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70 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and effective- like HIT 30 Dec 2013
By Dr. Nicholas P. G. Davies TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is a good book describing High Intensity Training. (HIT) It's a short book- more like an extended article than a book. It gives a good account of HIT, how the idea has developed, how it can be used and then some good routines that help put it into practice. It has enough depth to make its point, but doesn't go any deeper. It is however well referenced if you want more information. For most of us getting on and doing some exercise will be a better use of time than tracking down the references.

I think HIT is an interesting new approach to exercise that many people will benefit from. This book gives a good introduction to HIT and will help most readers understand the concepts behind it.

If you want more information then Gretchen Reynold's book, The First 20 Minutes: The Surprising Science of How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter and Live Longer is helpful. If you want some reasons to exercise then Spark!: The revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain may encourage you.
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