Get Up!

Get Up!

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

Book - 2014
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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 negative consequences 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781137278999
1137278994
Branch Call Number: 613.71 L578
Characteristics: vi, 234 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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JudithE
Dec 31, 2016

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

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mylibrarybookcard
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!

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MichelleBees
Dec 25, 2014

vital reading for office folk. take this advice to heart and stand!

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jmburke
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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