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The First 20 Minutes The Surprising Science of How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter and Live Longer by Gretchen Reynolds

The First 20 Minutes The Surprising Science of How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter and Live Longer

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New York Times columnist, Gretchen Reynolds has taken all the latest scientific theory on exercise and distilled this wisdom into a book that might just overturn your current fitness regime. If you haven’t got a fitness regime then the message is any movement is better than none. Exercise is essential for weight loss, overall fitness – even brain function; the inert in front of the telly are not called couch potatoes for nothing.

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The First 20 Minutes The Surprising Science of How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter and Live Longer by 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.


'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

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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Book Info

Publication date

2nd January 2014


Gretchen Reynolds

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Icon Books Ltd


288 pages


Fitness & diet
Exercise & workout books
Popular medicine & health



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