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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone interested in exercise, fitness, and health., May 3, 2012
This review is from: The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Long er (Hardcover)
Ms. Reynolds, using her skills of bringing clarity to often confusing and competing data on exercise and fitness along with her wit and humor, has written a book that is a must read for everyone. Whether you are a weekend warrior, lifelong exerciser, or just beginning your fitness journey you will benefit from "The First Twenty Minutes." As a tenured professor of Exercise Science, a researcher, and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, I will recommend this book to my students (even require it), friends, family, and anyone that wants to know more about exercise, fitness, and health.

What Ms. Reynolds has captured here is what is too often missed in other texts and books aiming to address similar topics: the why of it all. She addresses the questions we have all asked at one point or another: Should I stretch? What does the term "endurance" mean? Are carbs really that good for me? Are they bad? From the opening chapter where she clears the fog on the meanings of health, fitness, and performance to answering questions of nutrition, Ms. Reynolds uses personal stories and a quick wit to help us understand why the research in this field is important and why we said care. She answers the "So what?" gaze that looms over us all when statistics are cited ad nauseum.

Reams of research comes out everyday espousing the benefits of exercise. Unless you are an avid reader of academic journals (and an amateur statistician) you will have a hard time keeping up with, much less understanding, it all. Ms. Reynolds' book brings the science to a level we can all understand. Her work is based on that science and not on common mythologies around exercise or the "this works for me, you should do it this way" attitude so pervasive in diet and exercise books today. This book fills a huge void in exercise and fitness literature and more importantly, does it with a smile on its face.
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