Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The First 20 Minutes

The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, and Live Longer
By Gretchen Reynolds
Hudson Street Press, 2012. 266 pgs. Nonfiction

How, in this day and age, can our bodies continue to be such a mystery to us? Just keeping abreast of current nutrition and fitness findings can seem like a full time job. And that’s not even including the time it takes to actually cook right and exercise regularly. In The First 20 Minutes, Gretchen Reynolds gives us 250 pages of concise and fascinating information on how to best remain fit and healthy. She has waded through the research for us and shares the best and most effective practices for good health, hopefully saving us from that chore so that maybe we can actually find the time to get out and get active.

This isn’t a weight loss guide, but it is a fitness guide and may provide readers a little jolt of motivation. I felt that Reynolds’ dominant theme was that it takes just a little effort to greatly improve our longevity and quality of life, which is something many Americans fail to understand. Her audience could easily range from someone just beginning an exercise regimen to marathon runners looking to improve training practices.


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