Get Up!

Get Up!

Why your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It

Book - 2014
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The average adult spends 50 to 70 percent of their day sitting. James A. Levine, the inventor of the treadmill desk, shows that today's chair-based world is having negative consequences on people's health and is a leading cause of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781137278999
Branch Call Number: Health & Wellness 613.71 LEV


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Dec 31, 2016

I *loved* this book. Inspirational and sensible. Highly recommended.

Jan 02, 2015

Out*standing* in every sense!! I requested this book because the topic was intriguing and although I had no intention of reading it cover to cover, that's exactly what I did; in record time, too! Dr. Levine's writing is comprehensive, down to earth and humorous, making it very easy to read and associate with. This book is like empowerment. It's like scientifically-backed life hacks-- why chairs harm you, how chairs harm you, and what you can do to get away from chairs. I strongly recommend this gem to anyone wanting to live longer/live healthier/live happier. Great read for everyone, even 15 year olds like me!

Oct 29, 2014

Sitting in chairs is responsible for more health problems than discussed in the book. Back pain usually doesn’t kill people, but it is one of the most expensive maladies in terms of medical costs and disability. Sitting promotes degeneration of the intervertebral discs by forcing the disc nucleus against the posterior annular fibers, which themselves degenerate with age. Pressure from the nucleus causes disc bulging and further weakening of the annulus, hastening the degenerative process and sometimes resulting in herniations or extrusions of nuclear material into the spinal canal. Proper posture and exercise can mitigate against this process, but just being told to sit up straight isn’t enough. People have to be shown HOW to sit up straight and then make it a habit. Better to stand, as Dr. Levine recommends, and walk on a treadmill. It will be the next thing I buy for my office.


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