You may have heard that in order to lose weight with exercise you'll need to do a lot more than you're able to fit in on an average day. Maybe you've given up since, if you're not going to slim down, why bother. Or, conversely, maybe you've devoted several hours a week to an excruciating regimen based on your motto of "no pain, no gain" and you're starting to get injured more often. It turns out that the science of exercise gives us a lot of choices about how to exercise smarter. For example, the author of The First 20 Minutes points out that, if you're crunched for time, you can accomplish a lot in a short amount of time with high intensity interval training. Or, if you really hate to exercise, you can rest easy knowing that more isn't always better. In fact the most health benefits are gained in the first twenty minutes of exercise. That isn't to say that an athlete's efforts are wasted when they devote more time to their sport. If someone wants to become stronger, they will need to work hard enough to have sore muscles. But if health is your primary concern, then it helps to know that even just standing up and walking a little each hour is enough to prevent negative changes that take place in your body when you sit for too long. Even people who go to the gym aren't immune if they sit at a desk the rest of the day. It turns out, when it comes to exercise, knowledge is power. If you're interested in how to exercise smarter, you'll love this book written in the same approachable style as Gretchen Reynolds' popular Phys Ed column in the New York Times.
Anna @ Central