August 11, 2016

Interview with Gretchen Reynolds, author of the book The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer

Mike Carruthers:
To get the benefits of exercise requires some but not a lot of effort.

Gretchen Reynolds:
In fact the best science shows that you get the most benefits in about the 1st 20 minutes of moving – you will have less risk of heart disease, less risk of diabetes, your brain will be healthier, you will live longer.

Gretchen Reynolds Fitness Columnist for The New York Times and author of the book, The First 20 Minutes

Any movement is better than no movement and so if you can get up and walk around the block and that’s all you can do then do that – if you can do 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise that appears to be a real sweet spot.

People often begin exercising with the expectation of losing weight however…

Exercise will increase the number of calories that you burn, it will not increase them a huge amount unless you’re running marathons.

So don’t expect to lose a lot of weight unless you reduce the number of calories you eat. And exercise will not necessarily give you a beautifully sculpted body either.

Particularly if you didn’t choose the right parents because a lot of anyone’s response to exercise as well as to diet is genetic. And so people have to know going in that their response to an exercise program is going to be completely unique.

Gretchen Reynolds
Gretchen Reynolds