10 Reasons to Read “The First 20 Minutes”Friday, May 25, 2012 6:00 AM
Exercise better, train smarter, live longer
When one of our favorite New York Times writers writes a book you better believe that it gets us bubbly with excitement so we couldn’t wait to get our hands on a copy of Gretchen Reynolds’ book, “The First 20 Minutes.” Here are 10 interesting things we learned from reading the book…
1. 20 minutes of cardio at a time is enough to get significant health benefits.
2. Stretching before a workout will not only NOT help you during your workout, but it may lead to injury.
3. Core strength may look great, but it has no bearing on performance.
4. Walking improves memory.
5. Chocolate milk is better than Gatorade for recovery.
6. Watching TV for less than an hour a day can extend your life by over a year.
7. Simply standing will help you burn calories.
8. Interval training is the key to maximizing your time at the gym.
9. Most of us drink too much water after exercising.
10. When performed simultaneously strength and cardio training can achieve the same results as when they’re done separately.
Reynolds’ book is filled to the brim with science-back myth busters, making for a fascinating and very worthy read (as we hope you can tell from the eye-openers!). Now off to the gym we go…
Dish with us: 45 million American belong to a gym, exercise at home or outdoors…are you one of them?