A new book called “The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer,’’ is welcome news to people who want to stay fit, but do not like to exercise.
The author is a writer for The New York Times who reports that two-thirds of Americans get no exercise at all. However, she says “Humans are born to stroll.” The first twenty minutes of a walk provide a large number of health benefits including prolonged life and reduced risk of disease.
People should exercise as much as they want, but science shows that if they engage in any physical activity, even standing in place, they will get healthier.
She concludes “if someone starts an exercise program and improves his fitness, even if he does not lose an ounce, he will generally have a longer life.