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Get Up!

Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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Got Me Moving

I listened to this on audio during walks, which was good; the author asks at several points if you are still sitting in your chair and I honestly could answer "no!" This book was interesting and was far more than what I expected. I thought it would be common sense stuff, but instead, I got a history of how we evolved to a sedentary lifestyle, some interesting info on the author's research lab and studies, empirical evidence and some suggestions. While some things are difficult to change (my work culture will not allow for some of the techniques, such as treadmill desks), this book got my thinking and looking for ideas that I can apply to increase my levels of movement.

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Best Book I Have Listened to Recently

I only bought the audiobook because it was on sale. I am so glad I did. This book taught me all about the perils of sitting and the importance of NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis). I had heard the news that sitting is worse than smoking. This book teaches you why, and how your life (and that of your children) will improve by giving up sedentary activities. I highly recommend it!

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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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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

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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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  • David Brady
  • 05-10-16

Great listen!

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