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The first 20 minutes : surprising science reveals how we can exercise better, tr
Gretchen Reynolds
Adult Nonfiction GV481 .R49 2012

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Gretchen Reynolds writes the Phys Ed column in the New York Times, and her book is an informative and entertaining review of current science about exercise and fitness, with good, commonsense recommendations that cut through confusing, often conflicting research on the subject. The author pulls no punches-with good humor she zeroes in and proves that almost everything we think we know about exercise is wrong. A very rational and readable volume, it is first and foremost a user's manual that also explains that much of what we have been advised to do is inappropriate and possibly dangerous, especially since we must exercise to achieve a healthy, lifestyle disease-beating, aging-retarding regimen. Dispelling myths and deconstructing commonly held but inaccurate beliefs on almost every page, Reynolds reveals, for example, why stretching is bad, but warming up before working out is good; why it's better to drink (only water) before and after exercise, not during; that a normal, healthy diet, not "training" food is all we need; why it's harder for women than men to lose weight and keep it off; and why ibuprofen actually blunts exercise. Armed with the information in this book, readers will be inspired and motivated to reassess their habitual exercise programs and make positive changes. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Trying to find the latest information and advice on exercise? New York Times "Phys Ed" columnist Reynolds has done an expert job of processing and reporting recent research on the human body's capacity for fitness-what is achievable and how the average reader can meet these physical goals. Each chapter deals with a particular aspect of fitness, some of which are particularly mystifying (e.g., the cause of cramps). Reynolds compares past beliefs and practices with current research findings and gives readers information about optimal routines in such areas as nutrition, stretching, brain fitness, and interval training. She uses her reporting skills to gain insights from specialists throughout the text to help explain and explore the topics. VERDICT A well-written and thorough overview of fitness, this book doesn't require readers to wade through statistics or specific scientific trial information. Those who prefer more hard data may find the material too digested; it lacks a detailed list of citations and references, though the names of researchers and institutions are included. Overall, this would make an excellent addition to any consumer health-or personal-collection.-Elizabeth J. Eastwood, Los Alamos P.L. Syst., NM (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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