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Get Up!: Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It

Get Up!: Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It [Kindle Edition]

James A. Levine
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"Anyone who takes personal health seriously can benefit from the wisdom within these pages to help reverse the present sedentary paradigm."--"Library Journal" "We are learning that the percentage of time you spend sitting is a significant influence on health: the lower the better. In "Get Up! " Dr. Levine explains the science accounting for this effect and offers practical advice for changing our habits. I recommend it."-- Andrew Weil, MD

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That the average adult spends 50 to 70 percent of their day sitting is no surprise to anyone who works in an office environment. But few realize the health consequences they are suffering as a result of modernity’s increasingly sedentary lifestyle, or the effects it has had on society at large. In Get Up! , health expert James A. Levine’s original scientific research shows that today’s chair-based world, where we no longer use our bodies as they evolved to be used, is having negative consequences on our health, and is a leading cause of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Over the decades, humans have moved from a primarily active lifestyle to one that is largely sedentary, and this change has reshaped every facet of our lives—from social interaction to classroom design. Levine shows how to throw off the shackles of inertia and reverse these negative trends through simple changes in our daily lives.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 953 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (29 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you thought you knew it all! 11 Aug 2014
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Really liked this book. Turns the usual advice of '30mins exercise 5 times a week for health' on its head. You are wasting your time! It's what you do in the remaining 23.5 hours that actually keeps you healthy. He compares sedentarianism of developed countries with the active lifestyles of others and proves we really are sending ourselves to an early grave. He has made it his life's work to prove this and also has plenty of other research and references to back up his theories. I really like his writing style. It almost reads like a novel a time and a few times I found myself laughing out loud at his self depracating humour. He falls in love with a snail! Read the book to find out more!
It's given me a right shake-up and has made me see the folly of my ways. I'm a lazy, immobile , sedentary person,finding it difficult to lose weight no matter what diet I have tried.
Time to buy a treadmill - then I can carry on reading books, knitting, watching television,etc. As long as I am pacing at 1.1 miles perhour while doing this. It's so obvious but I still had to have it pointed out to me.
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Good read and a persuasive argument i think the author is rather candid and honest and comes across in the book. Buy it read it and then lend it on ;-))
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Interesting book, a bit long winded in some respects but all relevant and leading to some interesting conclusions and remedies for life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We Must Move 5 Aug 2014
By Quentin R. Stewart, Jr. - Published on
Dr. Levine, MD has written an indictment of the chair. In an interesting and easy to read style Dr. Levine helps us understand that humans are not physically wired to sit as much as our modern society or culture allows. He gives a brief history of sitting which only started actually a few years ago and explains how it has led to many of the health problems we have today. He discusses the need for movement that our bodies demand to stay in shape and be healthier and happier.

Dr. Levine set up a laboratory at the Mayo Clinic to study movement and its importance in fighting obesity. He is the inventor of multiple activity-tracking devices and the treadmill desk. His argument is that after sitting all day at the office and then going home, sitting while commuting, and sitting in front of our entertainment centers, we are not moving enough. He cites companies that he and his team have gone into and changed the environment so that people are not up and moving around during the work day and the health cost to the company has decreased and the workers are happier. He talks about schools that they have redesigned so that the students are not seat ridden for the 7 hours or so that they are in attendance per day. As the students are given more freedom to move the learning increased which led to better test scores which in this day and time seem to be what is driving education.

A very interesting and readable book. A book that puts the onus on the individual to get up off the seat and to move. I will end this now and get up off my seat and move a little to improve my health.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing lack of supporting data and solutions 22 Aug 2014
By Lizzy Landrace - Published on
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I expected great things from this book because the author coined the important phrase, "Sitting is the new smoking," but found only tidbits. It was mostly fluffy stories that served the purpose of letting the reader know how well traveled the author is. Disappointed, though aware of the need to get up off my duff. I expected data and more information on ways to get moving more without having a treadmill desk.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much of the book is the story of Mr Levine's professional life 4 Aug 2014
By Bob Ueland - Published on
This book has an important lesson to learn. And that is that we must MOVE in order to be healthy, both physically and mentally. And not just by exercising, but by incorporating the movement in our daily lives. The message of the book is short and is repeated time and again. The biggest part of the book however is not it's important message, but the story of Mr Levine's professional life. The people he met, the difficulties he had to overcome, and so on. This is interesting but it is not one book that I would read again. Some books like "Mini Habits" and "The Slight Edge" I read repeatedly, because they primarily concentrate on the message. Not this book, and that is why I'm giving it four stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars What you do for most of the day matters 22 Nov 2014
By Anthony F Fotenos - Published on
Have you ever heard your healthcare provider tell you to, "Diet and exercise"? OK, let's assume you're unusual, and you actually exercise 30 minutes per day. What about the other 1410 minutes? This book is about them. It's message is that those minutes matter. Indeed, moving at low intensity when you're awake for most of the day trumps moving at high intensity for a matter of minutes. Once you hear the author's evidence for this argument, it seems as obvious as arithmetic (1410 >> 30 mins), but it represents an important advance in how to think about health beyond the prevailing "diet and exercise" dogma. The question now becomes not how to find time to move at the gym, but rather how to spread movement throughout our days and, more broadly, reconcile our need to traverse space against the tendency of information to transcend it in this, the information age.
5.0 out of 5 stars I particularly liked the author's extensive and comprehensive list of fundamental changes ... 17 Oct 2014
By GABRIELE DUFFY - Published on
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The book provides more detail regarding the effects of sitting on our health. I particularly liked the author's extensive and comprehensive list of fundamental changes in biology which lead to life expectancy loss. The list is a great motivator to move more and offers good suggestions to get the process started. Easy read and easy to implement.
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