- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Icon Books (2 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848316518
- ISBN-13: 978-1848316515
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 116 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The First 20 Minutes: The Surprising Science of How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter and Live Longer Paperback – 2 Jan 2014
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'Brilliantly explained, painstakingly researched and rather fascinating. Whether you're a die-hard fitness fan or simply want to know where to start on the road to a healthier, happier life, this should be your new fitness bible.' -- Closer 'Smart, clear, and beautifully useful, this is the new fitness bible for the modern age.' -- Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code '[Reynolds'] can-do attitude gives a much-needed boost when it comes to throwing off the frowsty threads of winter and leaping into a cool and glamorous spring ... Her USP lies in showing readers how to employ physiology, biology and psychology to "train smarter, recover quicker and achieve your fitness goals."' -- The Lady 'Exercise books are as common as faulty Christmas lights, but there are few that will match this work.' -- Sunday Business Post `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 inbetween. 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 * `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 * `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 *
About the Author
Gretchen Reynolds writes the popular 'Phys Ed' column for the New York Times. She also contributes to a number of other periodicals in the United States, such as the New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Men’s Journal, Popular Science and others. She has won a number of awards for her writing and reporting, including two nominations for the prestigious National Magazine Awards.
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Of particular interest is that you can be sedentary without realising it - doing an hour or more of exercise every day doesn't change the fact that many hours of sitting down does you harm (you are still sedentary despite the exercise!)
This book is full of essential information and inspiration (assuming you are inspired by facts more than by shallow, emotive arguments.)
If you are sitting on the fence about whether to start exercising, buy this!
Some of the conclusions are quite shocking and can help us make decisions about our health and fitness.
The humorous tone helps make it an easy read though it can get a bit repetitive at times.
Putting some of the recommendations into practice am already fitter.
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