"Well written and scrupulously researched, this breezy guide lobbies for an all-encompassing approach to improving one's lifestyle...Rath's '30-Day Guide'...is clear and actionable." -Kirkus review
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
From the author of StrengthsFinder 2.0, How Full Is Your Bucket?, Strengths Based Leadership, and Wellbeing comes a beautifully produced audiobook and accompanying online application that will improve your health for years to come. While Tom's bestsellers on strengths and well-being have inspired more than 5 million people in the last decade, Eat Move Sleep reveals his greatest passion and expertise. Quietly managing a serious illness for more than 20 years, Tom has assembled a wide range of information on the impact of eating, moving, and sleeping.
Written and narrated by Tom Rath in his classic conversational style, Eat Move Sleep features the most proven and practical ideas from his research. Eat Move Sleep will help you make good decisions automatic -- in all three of these interconnected areas. With every bite you take, you will make better choices. You will move a lot more than you do today. And you will sleep better than you have in years. More than an audiobook, Eat Move Sleep is a new way to live.
©2013 Tom Rath (P)2013 Tom Rath
I am a big fan of Tom Rath; Strengthsfinder was a book that literally changed my life.
I gave this book three stars soles on how Rath points out small changes you should make, and quotes research on why these changes can make a big difference to your health, well-being and life-expectancy. It's nice to have all of these ideas in one book.
Having said that, "Eat Move Sleep" falls short is in two key areas:
1. I am one of those Audible listeners who believers authors should not record their own works. At first, I didn't mind Rath's voice because you can tell this is a subject that is near and dear to him. Over time, however, I became irritated because Rath's voice (which is somewhat plaintive, in my opinion) began to really irritate me. After the first hour, I had to listen in 10 minute segments because it starts to sound whiny and "preachy," if you will.
2. This book is designed around a 30-day plan, and that is it's biggest weakness. Were you to attempt incorporating all of these changes into your life in 30 days, you will become incredibly frustrated and immediately start wolfing down donuts, bacon and hot dogs while chain-smoking at the same time.
For example, "Day One" of the plan recommends you should, "Identify the three healthiest elements of diets you have tried in the past. Integrate these elements into your lifestyle for good."
I like this concept; however, "for good" means "FOREVER." I can't think about forever, Mr. Rath; I'm just trying to make it through today! Habits are formed over long periods of time and require more thought and planning than is outlined here.
There are 75 different behaviors Rath recommends changing during the 30 days you follow the plan. Does that sound realistic? of course not; it's a recipe for failure. Rath's 30-day plan would be better as a 30 MONTH plan. Pursuing physical fitness is a marathon, not a sprint.
Again, you have to find a wellness plan you can live with over the long term. Use the 30-day plan to identify your options, then incorporate 1-2 little changes in your life over the course of a month or two. Solidify the habits, then choose two more for the next month. That is how I plan to use this book.
I have recommended this audiobook to many friends. There are multiple reasonsI have recommend this book: 1) The book is broken down in a manner that makes it easy to implement Tom's recommendations for living a better life, 2) The material is straightforward, easy to understand, and research based, 3) Tom does a phenomenal job of providing memorable phrases that immediately impact the reader and are easy to remember such as "if you want to do more, sleep more."
Tom does a phenomenal job of relating all of his material to his personal challenges with his health.
1) Everything I eat has an impact on how I feel and perform. Moving forward, when I want to perform my best, I will eat the best foods. I understand that many people may find Tom's recommendations to rigid to apply at each and every meal, but if you are able to make even small improvements on a daily basis then you will have accomplished a great deal. 2) Movement throughout the day is more important than I gave it credit. I am a health and fitness fanatic but I am guilty of doing all of my activity in 1-2 hour bursts 3-5 days a week and doing little at other times. I have begun implementing Tom's recommendation of regular activity at every moment possible and it has made a huge impact on my family. I take my dogs for long walks daily now, not only when it is convenient for me. This gets me out of the house enjoying nature and it is great for the health of my furry children. Speaking of children, I take every moment I can to play with my 15 month son. This has helped build an even stronger bond between my son and I that I appreciate so very much. 3) My favorite quote from the book is "if you want to do more, sleep more." Everyone has heard of the importance of a good nights sleep, and yet many people are getting fewer hours of sleep in order to "get more done." I am guilty of doing this and yet once I heard Tom's words something clicked and now I view sleep differently. I now view sleep as if it is one of my tasks on my to-do list and address it with the same sense of urgency I addressed those tasks.
Life changing book!
Its a great book. Very easy to read or listen to. A great summary of many things we have read in the past, but combined into one single book, that helps us understand in a simple way how basics things in our lives connect. A must read for everyone.
I enjoyed getting daily motivational tips to eat right, excercise more often and smarter, and get more quality sleep. I also bought the book, but I honestly think the audio version was more motivational for me, as it only took about 5ish minutes a day.
I've become an avid "reader" since I discovered audiobooks a few years ago. Also a cat lover - at left is Prince Harold
Parts of this book were a turn-off for me...some of the suggestions sounded unobtainable and beyond the reach or regular mortals, especially the parts about diet. Essentially, it seemed that if it tastes good, don't eat it - and I'm not sure that's good advice. No fat, few carbs, even "good ones," no sugars or sugar substitutes, so that leaves nuts, fruits (not too many!) and veggies, especially broccoli. I like the things he suggests eating, but I also like some of the stuff he doesn't.
The non-sedentary lifestyle interested me - I got a pedometer to calculate how much I was walking or active daily....turns out 5000 steps is a lot for me and I feel like I'm moving all the time. But that's sedentary - Australians typically walk 8000 steps without thinking about it.
Sleep I don't really have a problem with - I sleep well and about 8 hrs a night.
I realized about halfway into the book Rath was battling an unusual form of cancer, apparently not immediately life-threatening, but something that must be controlled. That changed my mind about his recommendations as I realized he was fighting for his life and had done much research. For me, that added much validity to his recommendations and told me that we should all be fighting for our lives based on what we eat, how active we are and how we sleep.
I may not be able to or want to follow his regimen completely, but I don't think I can go wrong to follow it as much as possible. With my pedometer as a gauge, I find that I am increasing my activity level, and I do think about what I put in my mouth before I eat it. I suppose that's a good start.
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
Weeeelllll, this was a very good book for a beginner in the diet world and don't know where to begin.. each chapter was written smartly to cover the three main aspects of this book ( Eat , Move , Sleep )
so I kinda liked that .. I agree with the author with the sleeping tips and the exercising part, but for the "right" diet part I have to say .. being a Vegan for almost 8 months now I have some issues with his guidelines .. I would recommend this book to whoever is out there wanting to begin his/her fitness journey and need some good reliable information to apply in their lives
No new info here for me. Found it to be a summary of other peoples work. If you do a lot of reading in this area, it's nothing new.
Probably not. I felt he had to say what he needed here and anything else would just be repeating with different words.
Its a good point that many small changes can lead to great change.
I really didn't learn much from this book, and so it came across and somebody nagging me to do things that we all pretty much know are important. So in comparison to books like Spark, this one was kind of a dud. I will say that the one thing I have tried to follow from the book is a little more sleep.
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