Gretchen Reynolds

New Mexico

Health columnist focusing on exercise science and fitness

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, English Literature and Political Science

Gretchen Reynolds is the author of the "Your Move" column for The Washington Post. Reynolds is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about the science of exercise and health for more than 15 years, first at the New York Times and now at The Post. Reynolds joined The Post after 16 years writing for the New York Times, where she created the popular "Phys Ed" column, which focused on exercise advice and the science of movement. One of her best-known stories was about a hotel-room workout developed by two exercise scientists. She dubbed it "the scientific 7-minute workout," and it beca
Latest from Gretchen Reynolds

Hibernating fat bears are complex. They may hold lessons for human health.

Hibernating bears stay healthy despite being very fat and sedentary. New research is focusing on what humans can learn from them.

October 5, 2022

How exercising now could benefit your future grandchildren

A fascinating new study in rodents suggests that the exercise you do now can carry through your genes and benefit future grandchildren.

September 28, 2022

Is it better to work out in the morning or at night?

For men, an evening workout offered the most benefit. For women, the answer varied, depending on whether the goal was to burn fat or build muscle.

September 21, 2022

Your fall coronavirus booster questions, answered

On today’s show, what you need to know about the updated booster shots and why they matter amid growing pandemic fatigue. Plus, new research on the science of sitting and the pitfalls of being an “active couch potato.”

September 14, 2022

How sitting all day can cause health problems — even if you exercise

Working out for 30 minutes every day “might not be enough” to counter the health issues created by prolonged sitting, said the study author.

September 14, 2022