Time for Workout Wednesday. Today I thought I’d share with you a non-fiction book I recently read called The First Twenty Minutes written by Gretchen Reynolds. My mother-in-law recommended I read it as she really enjoyed it. I’m always looking for great recommendations. So I thought I’d give it a try. I’m glad I did.
This book shares with its readers the science behind how we can exercise better, train smarter and live longer. The author talks about all the contradictory information we get about fitness. Reynolds debunks myths about massage therapy, long workouts, carb loading, supplements, etc…
This book was a great refresher for me. A lot of the material I studied a couple of years ago when I was training to become a fitness instructor. I agree with almost everything she writes. Her message, along with what mine has always been, is to GET UP AND MOVE. A sedentary lifestyle will be the death of us!
Here’s a taste of some of what Reynolds writes about:
- Short intensive intervals are more effective than long intervals.
- Weight training helps with mental acuity.
- Too much water during exercise can be dangerous.
Gretchen’s advice is do-able even for the least athletic person. She sets reasonable goals. Her main point is the need for activity. She has a great attitude and writes practical advice.
Our understanding of the body and fitness will always be in flux. I say just get out there and put that body in motion.
Be safe, stay healthy and have fun!