The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds

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Overall I think it has very interesting content, and it is a very well-researched and well-thought book.
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A cutting-edge prescription for exercise by the New York Times “Phys Ed” columnist

At one point or another, nearly every person who works out wonders: Am I doing this right? Which class is best? Do I work out enough? Answering those questions and more, The First 20 Minutes helps both weekend warriors dedicated to their performance and readers who simply want to get and stay fit gain the most from any workout.

With the latest findings about the mental and physical benefits of exercise, personal stories from scientists and laypeople alike, as well as researched-based prescriptions for readers, Gretchen Reynolds shows what kind of exercise—and how much—is necessary to stay healthy, get fit, and attain a smaller jeans size. Inspired by Reynolds's wildly popular “Phys Ed” column for The New York Times, this book explains how exercise affects the body in distinct ways and provides the tools readers need to achieve their fitness goals, whether that's a faster 5K or staying trim.
 

About Gretchen Reynolds

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GRETCHEN REYNOLDS pens the “Phys Ed” column for the New York Times, which appears on the “Well” blog online and in the Science Times print section. An award-winning journalist, her byline has appeared in the New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; AARP Magazine; Popular Science; and Outside, among others. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
Published April 26, 2012 by Plume. 284 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
May 07 2012

Armed with the information in this book, readers will be inspired and motivated to reassess their habitual exercise programs and make positive changes.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Jack Goostein on Apr 30 2012

The best thing about Reynolds's book is that her advice is reasonable.

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Ask Men

Excellent

So, if this book is partly an overview of what’s known right now about physical performance, it’s also— and perhaps even more accurately— a user’s manual.

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Reviewed by Jessica on Jun 13 2012

The First Twenty Minutes is a quick, interesting, and informative read. I’m not sure how much of it will stay with me, but if you are interested in this topic, I recommend checking it out.

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2 Fat Nerds

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Reviewed by Jon on Jun 19 2012

Overall I think it has very interesting content, and it is a very well-researched and well-thought book.

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Reviewed by Sarah on Jun 06 2012

If you are having trouble motivating yourself to change your lifestyle, or just curious about exercise physiology and the recent research that people all over the world have been working on to prove that exercise is anti-aging and life extending, this is a must read.

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