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The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds

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The subtitle of this book is "Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer". The author describes the latest research on physical fitness in a very readable and engaging way and addresses lots of exercise myths about stretching (before cardio? after cardio? never?), exercise and weight loss, how long and how often to work out depending on your own goals, and more. Reynolds writes a fitness column for the New York Times and she is adept at making physiology, biology and neurology make sense for the lay person. It's also fascinating to read about the creative ways researchers structure human and animal studies to test various fitness theories. How would you get a lab rat to lift weights? This book is not just for fitness buffs, but anyone who cares about their health and longevity. Whether you read the whole book cover to cover or just the chapters that address your personal questions, you will be motivated to stand up and get moving--immediately! Check Our Catalog

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