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Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death--and Exercise Alone Won't

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  96 ratings  ·  31 reviews
This groundbreaking new medical work demonstrates how modern sedentary lifestyles contribute to poor health, obesity, and diabetes, and how health can be dramatically improved by continuous, low-intensity, movement that challenges the force of gravity. Citing her original NASA research on how weightlessness weakens astronauts' muscles, bones, and overall health, the author ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published November 3rd 2011 by Linden Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sep 10, 2012 Tamahome marked it as to-read
podcast interview:

two words: erectile dysfunction!

I'm like halfway through. This is actually an ex nasa employee who compares astronauts weightless in space with us on earth doing extended periods of sitting, ending up with similar effects, only faster in space. It's simple to fix though, just get on your feet more often. I don't see the advantage of a standing desk though, especially if you already have varicose veins. Even at home now I get up with ever
Dave Riley
When I read Sitting Kills - Moving Heals by NASA scientist, Joan Vernikos a lot clicked! Maybe not the best written book on planet earth but the relentless message is challenging. Day to day my challenge -- our challenge -- is to stand up to gravity.

When I stand; when I lift weights or jump; when I get out of bed in the morning or dance or bounce up and down on a scooter -- I'm pushing hard against gravity.

...but when I sit down at the computer or vege out or sleep I'm pushing a lot less.

Think a
Jun 26, 2012 Tim rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: science

There's quite a bit of good, sound, evidence-based exercise data in here, and good recommendations based on the author's original research at NASA (some of which I've read in peer-reviewed journals). Unfortunately, it's interspersed with anecdotes and unsupported pseudoscience. This results in a book that is equal parts enlightening and infuriating.
Sue Labadi
A quick read and very informative about what effects come from living in zero gravity and the experiences of astronauts. It truly makes the scientific case for doing anything that resists gravity, even if it means simply getting up from the lay-z-boy. The cover convinced me to read it and pass it on to my elderly father. It indicates that the conventional idea of exercise is not enough, we really must incorporate movement in our daily habits. As an instructor, this also puts in a vote for active ...more
Beverly McCall
Quite a different perspective detailing the importance of achieving a healthy lifestyle. Joan Vernikos, PhD. is the former Director of NASA's Life Sciences Division and uses research from NASA to substantiate key point that activity is a fundamental tool to being healthy. The reader is already aware of the fact that life today with all the modern conveniences does not equate with an active lifestyle. Instead it can foster a more sedentary lifestyle. This book presents a guide to living a natural ...more
Dr. Vernikos gives us a much needed book on how we can maintain a healthy life, rather than dealing with a unhealthy body. He discusses why we should be proactive rather than reactive.
Gravity is causing out body to constantly move therefore when we find ourselves being sedentary we actually cause harm to ourselves. Humans started out being creatures of movement. All throughout history there was work, animals, food, etc.. to be tended to. Today however, it seems that there are more modern conveni
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After seeing author John Green’s video on getting himself a treadmill desk, I really started paying attention to how much I sit every day.

He was right. I, my whole family – actually, sit a ridiculous amount of time each day! A few days after his video got me to thinking about my fitness, or lack there of – I was contacted by Quill Driver Books and offered this book to review. Coincidence? I think not! lol.

According to USA TODAY a recent study showed t
Astronauts suffer a great deal of physical deterioration when in space. They lose bone density rapidly. Their muscles become weaker. Their immune systems are suppressed. Their sleep is disturbed. Many of the symptoms experienced by astronauts are similar to those associated with aging on Earth. It seems the absence of gravity that causes physical harm in space is often replicated on Earth by lack of physical activity. When we live a sedentary lifestyle, we are not using gravity to our advantage. ...more
I like to keep a "collection" of quotes on different topics and these 2 by Hippocrates, the father of medicine ("above all, do no harm") , are among my favorites.

"Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food".

"Walking is a man's (and woman's) best medicine".

For all the wisdom of the ancient Greeks, including philosophers like Plato and Aristotle, the 2 quotes above seem, to me, among the wisest observations ever preserved from the "cradle" of Western Civilization.

Even thou
A slim book. The take-away I was most impressed with is the statement that short periods of standing, interspersed with sitting or reclining were most important to readapt to normal 'gravity' fitness after an extended period of weightlessness, forced bed rest in convalescence, or continuous sitting, 32 periods of standing for as little as 2 minutes at a time each day, more effective than continuous exercise or standing for an hour at time 3 to 5 times per week. Very interesting contrast to the c ...more
Dawn Trlak-Donahue
Read this for our work lit circle. It is full of unsupported, unscientific opinions and I think promises good health for minimal effort to sell books.

In my opinion, eating healthy is most of the battle- maybe 85%, maybe 5% core work- yoga/Pilates and 10% weights and cardio. Anything that promises too much from doing little is just trying to sell you something.
Ngaire Hobbins
This is such an important book - especially for anyone heading towards their 70s and beyond when loss of body muscle impacts health in so many ways. When I was researching for "Eat to Cheat Ageing" this book inspired me. A must read for anyone who wants to live well in their later life.
Found out about this book when I recently read What Makes Olga Run? Useful information about how a wide range of everyday, regular movements is necessary to maintain health, even when one is getting regular exercise. I plan to buy this book.
Christine Theberge Rafal
I don't have a lot to add to what the description and other reviewers have said. I enjoyed the insight into what we take for granted all the time: every cell in our body is designed to interact with gravity; when we change position/posture every cell adjusts. Her recommendations for health seem to boil down to keeping every cell adequately stimulated by gravity. Examples: If you sit at a desk, stretch or hold your elbows certain ways (p.62), change posture several times a day (as in, stand up fo ...more
Nina Darlington
Sensible! Great ideas.
A great insight into why going against our natural instincts is (understandably) harmful to your health. Combines scientific insight with practical steps and plans on how to keep moving in your daily life and don't let the lures of sedentary modern comfort attract you! It's subtitle could have been: how not to end up like the fat people in Wall-E.
A former director of NASA Life Sciences explains how it is essential that we move more throughout the day, and how it is more important for health and longevity than simply hitting the gym. The chapters on making changes in one's life could have been a little more comprehensive, but other than that, an eye-opening book.
Interesting assessment of what really helps: is it exercise, stretching, balance...and how much and how often? A quick read or flip-through will give you some good ideas for staying healthy and on your feet!
Jason Voegele
The book's message can be summed up as "get up and move around every 15 minutes of the waking day", but it is worth reading for all of the insight into how gravity effects our lives and bodies.
Interesting facts about gravity, and how everyday movements, aside from strenuous exercise, can keep you in shape. Author is a medical research scientist who worked for NASA.
I love that this is written by a former NASA scientist.
I may have to be adolescently oppositional and read it while sitting.
Donna Grisanti
Thought-provoking . . . . puts things I've read in other places and makes a strong case for exercise and to "keep moving".
Excellent book and it makes so much sense. Keep moving! You will stay healthier, lose weight and/or maintain weight.
Sue Lipton
Very interesting, especially to one who loathes the idea of exercise. I've been stretching more. Really.
A quick read with easy, every day ways in which to keep your body moving, active and healthy.
Lynne Van Wagenen
This is an interesting perspective, thinking about how to make gravity your ally as you age.
Dec 29, 2013 Cindy added it
Great book...need to own my own copy! Gives simple, everyday things to do to stay in shape.
Change posture (sit, stand, lie down) three or more times each hour.
I'm kind-of embarrassed to have read this.
Some helpful ideas, a useful book.
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