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Get Up!: Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It | [James A. Levine]

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

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.
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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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    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    George 01-14-15
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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.

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    "Thorough and motivating"

    I loved all the background information from scientific studies that brought James to his conclusions. It was extremely informative and provided good, practical suggestions to overcome our modern day sedentary lives. Very thorough and motivating!

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    "Fascinating topic"

    I didn't expect to like the book as much as I did. I mean, how much can you say about sitting? Turns out, a lot, backed by fascinating research. That Dr. Levine surely is an interesting character!

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    April Bliss 01-29-15
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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!

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    Sean CM Marin, CA, USA 01-29-15
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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

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    Marcy Sova 01-27-15
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    "Inspirational and informational!!"

    I think this book should be experienced by everyone. I listened to it while doing household chores and in my car. Therefore I needn't be sitting and reading. This was my first book by Levine, will definitely be listening to more as I learn and grow in my venture for a healthy lifestyle!

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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.


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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!

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