Summer Reading: The First 20 Minutes and Younger Next Year for Women

Summer Reading: The First 20 Minutes and Younger Next Year for Women

If you’re looking for a couple of good books to take on a road trip or to the beach, a new book, The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer, by Gretchen Reynolds is a great choice. And if you haven’t yet picked up the classic Younger Next Year for Women by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge, you have a treat in store!

The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer is a fascinating summary of the latest research in exercise science. The book includes many practical ways to apply this knowledge in our ongoing quest for fitness. Exercise science might not sound like the most gripping read, but I had a hard time putting this book down. Here Reynolds, who writes the New York Times “Phys Ed” blog, summarizes the most recent research related to exercise and fitness. Did you know that a few minutes of high intensity training can be just as effective as several hundred minutes of less strenuous exercise in achieving fitness? (Ease into it, though!) Or that non-alcoholic beer has been shown to improve the immune systems of marathoners? Or that if you want to maintain independence and control over your life as you age, strength training is key? Read this book to find out about more intriguing studies and to keep your own motivation super-charged.

Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond has changed the lives of so many of my friends I can’t help but think that every woman over 40 should read it. It’s funny, compelling and super-inspiring. I read it on a beach vacation a few years ago and I refer to it as “Required Reading” for my strength training class participants. It inspires us to keep moving, no matter what! Crowley and Lodge are an attorney and physician respectively, and do a fabulous job of telling us just what we need to hear to stay on the fitness bandwagon. “Life is an endurance event: train for it!” is their motto, and after reading their book, you’ll be on board. They combine knowledge of the science of fitness (Lodge) with experience transitioning from fat to fit (Crowley) in a wonderfully readable and enjoyable book.  Don’t miss this one!

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