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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.
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.
Much of what we thought we knew about fitness is turning out to be wrong. You should always stretch before exercising? Wrong! Sit-ups are good for you? Wrong! In the ideal companion to her brilliant and bestselling The First 20 Minutes, Gretchen Reynolds identifies these common misconceptions and develops a health and fitness workout tailored to your own level of ability - and all based on the latest scientific discoveries. Whether you have 2 minutes to spare, 10 minutes or 20 minutes, this ebook special will give you invaluable tips for optimising your fitness plan. You will also find out how to exercise to benefit specific problem areas such as the shoulder, lower back and knees. And finally there are insider tips on hot topics such as when to eat before exercise, whether beetroot juice improves blood flow to the muscles, how running backwards can liven up your workout, and why unplugging your headset may help you enjoy exercise more.
Developed as a companion volume to The Play's the Thing , this book defines and analyses the concept of master player based on videotaped observations of pre-school children at play. By interweaving sequences of play together with their dialogue about them, the authors model how teachers can work as a team to develop their understanding of a particular child and of the value of children's quality play, and how they can support it. The in-depth discussion between the authors reveals the multi-facted nature of play, individual differences in both teachers' and children's styles, and the complexity of intervention decisions made by teachers.