The First 20 Minutes - Gretchen Reynolds

The First 20 Minutes

By Gretchen Reynolds

  • Release Date: 2012-04-26
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
  • Size: 1.19 MB
Score: 4.5
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The New York Times bestseller that explains how groundbreaking scientific discoveries can help each of us achieve our personal best
Every week, Gretchen Reynolds single-handedly influences how millions of Americans work out. In her popular New York Times column, she debunks myths, spurs conversation, and stirs controversy by questioning widely held beliefs about exercise.

Here, Reynolds consults experts in a range of fields to share paradigm-shifting findings that were previously only available in academic and medical journals, including: 

·        20 minutes of cardio is all you need (and sometimes six minutes is enough)

·        Stretching before a workout is counterproductive

·        Chocolate milk is better than Gatorade for recovery

Whether you’re running ultramarathons or just want to climb the stairs without losing your breath, The First 20 Minutes will show you how to be healthy today and perform better tomorrow.


  • Everyone needs to read this book

    By Navacruz
    Fantastic book! So much great information and so inspiring. Everyone should read this book and then get out there and exercise, it's really fascinating how many amazing benefits there are!
  • Great read

    By Mzwithers
    Informative and fun--a great amalgamation of current science, anecdotal insights, bogus myths and fresh take-aways.
  • Move

    By Gregg Wilson
    If this book doesn't give you the motivation to move then you really must not have a desire to live a quality life.
  • Excellent book!

    By Ittoryu
    This book definitely opened my eyes to the amount of inactivity during my typical day and how deleterious it can be to my overall health. I will also pay attention to how my body seems to react to different types of exercise to determine what activities will give me the most 'bang for my buck'.
  • Finally, reliable fitness information!

    By Chris DelliCarpini
    You can find endless opinions about fitness, from warming up to post-workout nutrition to proper footwear. But how much of it is backed up by research, or any evidence? This book not only offers evidence for its fitness advice, but it reaches conclusions that contradict just about everything you learned in gym class or on the track team. I'm sure some people disagree with Ms. Reynolds' conclusions, and by all means read what they have to say. But look for their evidence, and see how it stacks up against the cites in this book.