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Get Up! Audiobook

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

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From the codirector of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the treadmill desk comes a fascinating wake-up call about our sedentary lifestyle.

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 negativeconsequences 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.

©2014 James A. Levine (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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    A. Haase Denver, CO United States 04-14-15
    A. Haase Denver, CO United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Anecdotes and suppositions; Move Your DNA better"
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    The worst parts of this book are where the author says things like: you are a queen of the chair sitters if you put on makeup in your car. This is something that peeves the author, not science. Many of the ideas/claims he mentions I have heard before, but no effort is expended to let the listener know where they come from and how solid the research is. There is no way for a listener to know if what he is saying is supposition, personal preference, well founded theory, or factual; it is seemingly a jumble of all of these.

    The whole idea of the book is to use chairs as little as possible and there is very little more I could reliably glean from it.

    If you want something more scientific, try "Move Your DNA" it is vastly better. It tells the reader what kinds of movements are beneficial and why and often cites sources and gives some indication as to how solid the research is. "Move Your DNA" also explains why the main solution pushed here, the standing desk, is not the ideal solution.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 02-05-15
    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "Fantastic!!"

    Get Up! Is a great book! There is a lot of scientific data backing it up and the story itself is compelling. Why are we sitting so much and playing so little? Get up and exercise, and have fun.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 01-24-15
    Daniel 01-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining and informative."

    Entertaining and informative. A good listen that'll make you think twice about our chair confined lives. Narration was also very good.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    April Bliss 01-29-15
    April Bliss 01-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Easy, actionable advice!"

    I'm already using a free activity monitor on my smart phone, and ordered an inexpensive laptop tray for my desk so I can get up!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    George 01-14-15
    George 01-14-15 Member Since 2003
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    "A Good Wake-Up Call"

    This book adds further evidence to the findings by John J Ratey, Spark: which I also thought was revolutionary. We as a nation and as concerned citizens of the world should wake up to the future we are facing if we don't Get Up.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Danimike 05-02-15
    Danimike 05-02-15
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    "Important insights; condescending tone"
    What did you like best about Get Up!? What did you like least?

    The author has important things to say about excessive sitting. Unfortunately, he pitches his ideas at about a sixth grade reading level, a bit low even for a standard self-help book. "Get Up!" contains perhaps 30 pages of useful information spread out to six or seven times that length. Roughly two-thirds of the book is devoted to the author's accomplishments. His achievements are considerable—I just wish he had focused more on the methods of alleviating the problem and less on self-congratulatory prose. This tonal miscalculation quickly begins to grate on the listener. Levine also invents snarky names for anyone he believes disrespected him or underestimated his ideas. This unfortunate tendency is amplified by the arch tone of the reader, causing the narrative to register as somewhat mean-spirited and condescending. The ideas in this book are worth the time it takes to sift through the padding and fluff. I just wish the author had shared more of the science and had cut the formulaic self-help cliches, the flab surrounding the muscle of this book.


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    Sean CM Marin, CA, USA 01-29-15
    Sean CM Marin, CA, USA 01-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Really interesting. Well written and well read."
    What made the experience of listening to Get Up! the most enjoyable?

    The book had great information and research to support it. It was well told and motivated me to try to get out of my chair.


    What other book might you compare Get Up! to and why?

    Spark. Emphasizes the importance of activity for mental and physical health.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Easy to understand. Lots of character to his voice. Could be funny and serious.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Attack of the Killer Chairs


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Silicon Valley Geek 01-22-15

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    "Walk while listening to this book!"

    Amazing that walking is everything and that sitting is the reason for what ails us. Well worth the listen!

    Got this book on Audible for $4 and couldn't be happier!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jay 01-21-15
    Jay 01-21-15
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    "Excellent"

    Slow at the beginning but picked up to be a great story!! Very informative, very easy to follow, and a very easy listen.

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    Dean 01-20-15
    Dean 01-20-15 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "Great motivation to get moving."

    Overall the text is great medication to get up and get moving. The only portion of the book I did not understand is why like so many authors I have experienced lately they have to stray from such good content into political or off topic distractions. I really do not understand the relationship of a transgender advocate on a fantastic text about our societal change towards the sedentary? AUTHORS STOP THINKING you have to solve everything at once and stick to your fantastic core topic.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Great listen!"

    Really enjoyed this, educational and very humorous. I feel an urge to stand and also... to raise snails :-) 5 out of 5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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