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The First 20 Minutes
The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longe r | Gretchen Reynolds
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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 youre 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.
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ImperfectCJ
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Reynolds provides an enjoyable and data-rich take on what science tells us now about exercise and fitness. Often authors of this kind of book insert themselves into the text too much, but Reynolds includes just enough to provide some levity. Thanks to this book, my children and I are running intervals, brushing our teeth while balanced on one foot, and doing homeschool in 20-min increments to avoid being too sedentary.

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ImperfectCJ
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I tried to pick out a shorter passage to quote, but I love this entire image. It very much reflects my feeling of connection between my baby and myself while pregnant and even after. Does this synchronization continue after birth? Studies suggest that mom and baby synchronize their breathing when they sleep in close proximity to one another (see James McKenna), but I'm not aware of studies of waking mother-baby dyads.

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ImperfectCJ
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According to this book, research suggests that the best recovery meal after a strenuous workout is a glass of chocolate milk. My children are glad that I'm reading this book, and I'm glad that it's given me something with which to bribe them through running intervals.

Hestapleton My husband reminds me of that fact after every single run we go on! 2mo
Caroline2 Yes! I‘ve read that milk is the best thing after a workout too. 👍 2mo
ImperfectCJ @Caroline2 Apparently the protein of the milk and the sugar in the chocolate are supposed to be in the perfect proportions to replenish from vigorous exercise. Reminds me of peanut butter on whole wheat bread being a complete protein. Real food...who knew? :-) 2mo
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ImperfectCJ
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"You can avoid overtraining by under-training...but then you won't win."

pigeonsandcrows And you can avoid undertraining by overtraining, but then you get injured and can't run...such a vicious cycle!
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Clwojick
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Pickle juice is 70% more effective than water for helping to relieve muscle cramps 💚🥒

julesG Sounds legit, but I'm not sure I'll ever be a fan of pickle juice. Pickles though... 5mo
4thhouseontheleft I think I‘ll pass... 😂😂 5mo
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Clwojick
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Listening to the tagged audiobook while I walk to work. It‘s been really interesting so far. It‘s full of misconceptions about exercise, and details with a bunch of research and studies to explain their thoughts.

Also, LOOK! Our grass is finally green 😍💚😂
#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

DivineDiana Cheers to an early start on your #bfa ! 💚 5mo
Emilymdxn Sounds great! I love walking to work 5mo
wanderinglynn Sounds like an interesting book. Enjoy your walk! 🙌🏻 5mo
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 5mo
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KendallMorganHall
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I've been reading this book in an attempt to get motivated to exercise again. It tells you a lot about the science of exercise and why we need to do more of it, but I haven't found it as motivating as I was hoping I would. It doesn't really have a fresh take on the material. I'm not going to bail on it though. Maybe it will still get me back on the treadmill.