Why We Have GOT to Get Moving!
I’m asked the following question a lot, “What’s your favorite book?” My answer? “Besides the Bible, cookbooks, and every Agatha Christie mystery I ever met… my favorite book is the one I just read.”
Sounds trite, but it’s the truth – the pure, plain, simple truth.
I love books a great, great deal. They’re mentally stimulating – whether they’re a great mystery by Christie, an inspirational book by Max Lucado, a “Complete Idiot’s Guide..” (love those!), or a self help book everyone… or no one.. is talking about.
One great way to find out what my favorite book is at the time is to find out which one I just passed along to two of my three daughters (Emily or Stephany) – they’re carrying on the book loving tradition.
Emily recently returned a book (Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death – and Exercise Alone Won’t) I’d passed along for her to read. She loved it as much as I did and it has served as the fodder of quite a few conversations we’ve had. That’s the beauty of books – they can lead to wonderful, constructive, and positive conversations. Often times, as is this case, these conversations aren’t just healthy, they can be healing. What’s more they can even lead to longer lives.
Sitting Kills, Moving Heals is the perfect example. Not only is this the next book I hope YOU read, I hope it’s the next book you recommend to everyone you care about.
From the Back Cover:
Your Chair is slowly killing you. But exercise alone isn’t the answer. Easy, everyday, all-day movement will keep you healthy for life.
Medical studies show that too much sitting will shorten your life, even if you exercise. No matter how much exercise we get, most of us spend hours each day immobile in our chairs, and we’re fatter, sicker, and more tired than ever before. Why isn’t exercise enough? What’s missing?
Dr. Joan Vernikos, former Director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division, applies her groundbreaking NASA research on Gravity Deprivation Syndrome to everyday health here on Earth.
Your body needs to move in gravity to stay healthy. In the near zero gravity of space, astronauts’ muscles and bones atrophy, as if they were rapidly aging. Sitting all day at a desk, in long commutes, or in front of the TV is just like zero G – if you don’t move in gravity, you’ll suffer the same rapid aging as astronauts.
Astronauts are quickly restored to full health by returning to active life on Earth – and so can you. Vernikos shows that the key to lifelong health is more than just traditional gym exercise, but a natural lifestyle of constant, natural movement that resists the force of gravity.
Vernikos’ easy-to-follow, commonsense plan shows how simple, everyday, fun activities like walking, gardening, dancing, golf, and more will keep you healthy, strong, and independent your whole life long.
Sitting Kills, Moving Heals is a fascinating read from page one. Learning about the effects of gravity and “Gravity Deprivation Syndrome” literally made me stand up and pace as I read a great portion of the book! I love the encouragement to move – for adults and children, alike. As the author points out, children mimic what they see adults do. If children see active adults, they’ll tend to be more active, themselves. However, if they see inactive adults who rely too heavily on television, computers, and other forms of technology – they’ll probably mimic the inactivity as well.
Exercise is not a substitute for activities that come naturally throughout the day, 365 days a year, for the rest of your life. – Page 52
Among Other Things, the Book Includes:
- Easy ways to “sneak” more activity into your day.
- The benefits of stretching.
- The 8 Fundamentals of G-Effective Activity.
- How to create healthy habits that’ll keep your body from aging prematurely.
- Stretches and Exercises to prevent muscle atrophy (remember, we’re dealing with a NASA expert here!).
- The Health and Fitness Pyramid explained in detail.
- How to completely relax.
- Strength Training benefits.
- The author’s expertise on gravity and exercise machines.
- Gravity therapy and rehabilitation.
- Helping the brain heal itself.
- How to be a kid again and why you should!
- Benefit of inversion (gets blood to the head).
- Benefits of certain sports and activities.
Basically, you’ll gain a whole new way of looking at your health and life. This is honestly a book unlike any other and I’m 100 percent certain it” effect your life and health positively.
See Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death – and Exercise Alone Won’t for more information. This one’s a life changer.