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The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longerby Gretchen Reynolds
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In a provocative and practical look at modern stress, Seeking Serenity offers an empowering new message: Stress can serve as a guide to living our happiest and healthiest lives.
In Seeking Serenity, stress columnist Amanda Enayati challenges our long-held assumptions about stress, painting a groundbreaking picture that separates myth from reality when it comes to what is commonly referred to as the plague of modern life. Weaving together stories, research from science, history, philosophy and diverse faiths, and everyday exercises, she crafts a fascinating tale that begins with the behind-the-scenes machinations of tobacco company villains and ends in the power of our stories to shape our realities.
We are living in an era of dramatic highs and lows, with lives that move at a pace and intensity impossible at any other time in history. These contradictions throw us off-kilter, out of harmony and balance, creating what we perceive as never-ending and destructive cycles of stress. But life itself has always been—and will always be—a series of fluctuations: the good days, the bad days, the excruciating days. The key to mastering stress lies in the way we experience it.
Seeking Serenity presents ten revolutionary principles developed from the emerging science of stress and reinforced by literature, philosophy and age-old spiritual wisdom that help us to differentiate between destructive and constructive stress, and to master stress in the everyday by learning how to:
"Gretchen Reynolds writes the Phys Ed column in the New York Times, and her book is an informative and entertaining review of current science about exercise and fitness, with good, commonsense recommendations that cut through confusing, often conflicting research on the subject. The author pulls no punches — with good humor she zeroes in and proves that almost everything we think we know about exercise is wrong. A very rational and readable volume, it is first and foremost a user's manual that also explains that much of what we have been advised to do is inappropriate and possibly dangerous, especially since we must exercise to achieve a healthy, lifestyle disease — beating, aging-retarding regimen. Dispelling myths and deconstructing commonly held but inaccurate beliefs on almost every page, Reynolds reveals, for example, why stretching is bad, but warming up before working out is good; why it's better to drink (only water) before and after exercise, not during; that a normal, healthy diet, not 'training' food is all we need; why it's harder for women than men to lose weight and keep it off; and why ibuprofen actually blunts exercise. Armed with the information in this book, readers will be inspired and motivated to reassess their habitual exercise programs and make positive changes. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Achieve new levels of peace and mindfulness with this empowering and transformative look at stress.
In Seeking Serenity, CNN Health columnist Amanda Enayati examines life in the modern age of anxiety and outlines ten revolutionary principles for living stress free.
With more demands than ever, most of us are overwhelmed with an unending stream of communication and constant pressure to do more, creating a destructive cycle of stress. In an enlightened new approach, Seeking Serenity shines the twin searchlights of modern science and spirituality on this perennial complaint and delivers the most effective ways to beat stress—and in doing so, the best way to live.
Seeking Serenity shows readers how to take control of their lives and their anxiety through ten principles: belong, be happy, be resilient, be creative, be loving, be giving, be uncluttered, be healthy, be free, and be present. These groundbreaking principles connect the dots among a variety of disciplines and cultures, providing the first big-picture view of stress beyond a medical standpoint and including essential spiritual, philosophical, cultural, and personal perspectives.
Drawing on extensive research and remarkable case studies, Seeking Serenity proves to be not just a fascinating journey through stress, but a clear, accessible action plan to achieve lifes most elusive prizes: balance and bliss.
A quick guide to getting in shape and improving performance from New York Times Phys Ed” columnist and author of the New York Times Bestseller The First 20 Minutes
Do you really know how to get fit and healthy?
Bringing us cutting edge research and science-based prescriptions, Gretchen Reynolds shows us what we do and do not need to do to reach out fitness goals, whether that means running a marathon or just getting off the couch or. Busting popular myths, looking at which supplements actually work, giving us the lowdown on weight training, and singing the praises of just standing up, The First 20 Minutes Personal Trainer is the guide to take wherever you take your workout.
About the Author
GRETCHEN REYNOLDS pens the “Phys Ed” column for the New York Times, which appears on the “Well” blog online and in the Science Times print section. An award-winning journalist, her byline has appeared in the New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; AARP Magazine; Popular Science; and Outside, among others. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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