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Get Up!: The Dire Health Consequences of Sitting and What We Can Do About It

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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 suff
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Jul 07, 2015 Charles rated it it was ok
There are some great bits of science and information contained in this book. However, at least half of it is the author's biography. The following is a list of just some of things covered that add almost nothing to the book's subject:

1) How the author cheated on an IQ exam.
2) The author's interest in snails.
3) The author's many trips to foreign countries and various parts of Africa.
4) The author's divorce.
5) The author namedropping Jane Goodall.
6) The author's hiring practices.

I'm not saying it'
In this book the author discusses that while modern technology and industry have made our lives easier in so many ways, they have also wrecked havoc on us biologically. Our human bodies have survived and evolved over eons, running, walking, climbing, bending, all kinds of movement, but not with "sitting". The author wages war against the
chair, and documents numerous research that supports his claims, that for our health and well-being, we have to start including much more movement in our daily
Apr 25, 2015 Jackie rated it liked it
This book was very informative about how the increased sedentary lifestyle in the West has affected our health and well being, but unfortunately is a little short on specific solutions for individuals (other than the obvious "get the (bleep) up!"). While his stories of the large programs he facilitated in offices and schools were really interesting, they don't give me, the individual, much to work with to facilitate change in my own life. The author seems to want everyone to become an advocate f ...more
Mario Tomic
Feb 28, 2016 Mario Tomic rated it it was amazing
How much do you sit every day? This book might change that. I wouldn't be too far off by saying that this is the most interesting and captivating book I've read in the last few months. And over the next few months I'll be implementing the ideas in my life. Often we consider ourselves fairly active through training 4-6 times a week in the gym but we don't pay much attention to how our other non-exercise activities are affecting our health. Exercising 3-4 times a week in the gym won't change the f ...more
Apr 09, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
an indictment of the office chair/lazy boy recliner. The most shocking part of this book, from our current perspective is how long it took for his research to be accepted in mainstream - as it starting to now. His first studies, at the Mayo clinic, were in the early 2000s...but nobody wanted to believe the data.

He is inventor of multiple activity-tracking devices (Grove--Nike fitness watch input) and the treadmill desk.

He shows us the impact of his work on the office and schools, where real life
Feb 12, 2015 Jan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Three stars is NOT a bad review in my definition of three stars. It generally means I'm not widely recommending the book but I am glad I read it. And I am glad I listened to this one. I will change my behavior on the basis of what I learned--and I may even buy a treadmill desk! We shall see. I know I have always HATED to have to sit and stay seated for long periods, but activities I love have always required sitting, until now. I like to listen to books mostly because that's the only way I can " ...more
Milan Žila
Oct 31, 2015 Milan Žila rated it it was ok
Did you know sitting in a chair for long periods of time is not healthy? And here I was, trying to bodybuild by eating pizza and playing Counter-Strike...
The book is somewhat obvious from start to finish and the constant chair bashing doesn't help. It reads almost like a story since the author includes unnnecessary details about his life, hiring staff, flying to meet some people etc. Even though the book is not long, I would prefer it more concise.
There are some interesting stories about improvi
Apr 30, 2016 Dy-an rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Yes, I get it, we, who work at our desks, sit too much. We should stand more but one thing books like this never talk about is that standing all day usually only happens in difficult manual labour jobs. Anyone who has worked in manual labour will tell you that's just as likely to slowly kill you as sitting all day. I hope the next book I read on the subject talks about the TRUE balance that is needed and the reality that those jobs just don't exist for the majority of the world.
Tom Dillon
Jun 29, 2015 Tom Dillon rated it it was ok
There was some interesting stuff in here. I could do without the sensationalist tone (if walking for 15 minutes at 1mph right after eating could drastically reduce someone's susceptibility to diabetes, don't make up a fictional villain called The Chairman, lead with the preventing diabetes stuff). Also, the book could have included more tips about how to reduce chair-time and resources for people who want to do so but face institutional obstacles (if your work requires evidence in order to get y ...more
Jun 02, 2015 Holly rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, 2015-reads
... Something to listen to during runs and while walking the dog . . .
Avinash Aaron
Jan 26, 2015 Avinash Aaron rated it it was amazing
This book teaches us the problem we will face and if we keep on sitting in our life, he will also let us the benefit of standing and walking give us.
Rhonda Gilmour
Kudos to author James A. Levine, M.D., for making many, many scientific studies on the effects of sitting accessible to a lay audience. My take-away from this easy-to-read book is the importance of getting out of my chair and adding more NEAT to my life. NEAT stands for nonexercise activity thermogenesis: walking around, fidgeting, doing chores--all the movements, little and big, that our increasingly chair-bound, digitally enhanced lifestyle has eliminated. Of course, we all know that too much ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Caitlyn rated it really liked it
This book is great. I really appreciated that he put humor in it as well. Some people state that his tales of his life didn't fit in the book including the snail, divorce etc however those both fit in well to me. The snail is how he first became interested in movement of animals. In the early case it was snails and then it became people. The divorce also showed how he in particular dealt with stress by being sedentary whereas other-- thin people may run and evoke the fight or flight response to ...more
Quentin Stewart
Aug 05, 2014 Quentin Stewart rated it it was amazing
Dr. Levine, MD has written an indictment of the chair. In an interesting and easy to read style Dr. Levine helps us understand that humans are not physically wired to sit as much as our modern society or culture allows. He gives a brief history of sitting which only started actually a few years ago and explains how it has led to many of the health problems we have today. He discusses the need for movement that our bodies demand to stay in shape and be healthier and happier.

Dr. Levine set up a la
Mar 07, 2015 Nagaraj rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Everyone need to read and share with others. I like the way author's writing style. He mixed his own experiences, scientific data, humor and message into the book. Author asks everyone to be on their feet for two hours and fifteen minutes a day (minimum). It can be standing time or gentle walk or play time. I love the help he ask at the end of the book which I am typing here.

If you see someone wanting to getup, encourage them.
If you see someone rise up -- whether it is against il
Elizabeth Tai
Apr 09, 2016 Elizabeth Tai rated it liked it
This book definitely got me moving! James A Levine had always been obsessed with movement - measuring it, studying it, performing experiments around it.... in fact, he was so fascinated with the concept as a child that he used to collect snails, let them loose in his bedroom just to see how they move. (And I'm sure creating quite a mess that would've horrified his poor mother).
Other readers found the anecdotes unnecessary. I thought it at first, but realised that they were a colourful way to ill
Jan 23, 2015 Karoline rated it really liked it
I have slightly mixed feelings about this book. Good for the most part, and it is always nice when a science book comes out that is written with a sense of humor. Last time I remember giggling like that through a book of similar genre was Robb Wolf's the Paleo Solution. The book is better though if you mentally switch every instance of "obesity" to "health", "musculoskeletal health," "cardiovascular health" or at least "diabesity." There is a ton of evidence outside this book that the more you m ...more
Jan 20, 2015 David rated it liked it
Man, fucking chairs. Now I hate them. I was surprised to see a 7.5 hour book about how bad chairs are, but most of the book is interesting and worth listening to. About the last 20% gets a bit tediously self-helpy, talking about motivational strategies and stuff that I've heard covered better elsewhere. But on the topic of chairs, offices, and schools, Levine is passionate.
Theoderik Trajanson
Big Idea: Stand Up! Constant Sitting Has Caused More Health Damage than Smoking.

Humans Are Not Naturally Sedentary. Constant sitting causes diabetes, arthritus, obesity, and depression among.

Non-Exercise Thermo-Genesis is a critically important indicator of good health. 0.5 hours of proper exercise a day cannot make up for 23.5 daily hours of sedentary behavior.

Depressed people sit more. In another book - "What Every Body is Saying" by Former FBI Agent, Joe Navarro, it is pointed out that a good
Mar 14, 2015 Urs rated it really liked it
I have read many articles about how sitting down all day is killing us. I recently switched jobs and now sit more than I used to at my last job. I decided to give this book a try to get a more in depth understanding of the phenomenon. I borrowed this book from the library

Levine has done extensive work related to the sedentary lifestyle and its affects on our mental and physical health. At the same time, the results of that work were presented far more conversationally than I expected. This made
Marta Borowska
Aug 05, 2015 Marta Borowska rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book talks about how humans were not meant to sit all day long and that their natural stance is standing. I really enjoyed the argument the author made regarding this and how we need to get up in order to get healthier. Throughout the book he mentions that every hour we sit we lose like 2 hours and 15 minutes of life or something, just for sitting and not moving our bodies. He provides a great potential answer, partially I suppose, to obesity and workplace stress.

He covers the NEAT (Non-exe
Mar 01, 2015 Kathrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book.

It had a nice conversational tone and was just funny at times.

Even the scientific data was nicely wrapped up in the narrative and therefore didn't have the teaching dry tone of some of the scientific books that I have read in the past.

The contents are peppered with personal anecdotes and cultural references from the western world before the industrial revolution and from pre-industrial societies.

It also explored the connection between a sedentary lif
Stephen Harris
Good book. But you can get all the essential information in a short article. Here's a summery of the important info:

Sitting is really, really bad for you. Don't sit for more than 3 or 4 hours a day. Get a standing desk or a treadmill desk. Take a 10 to 15 minute walk after each meal. This uses the energy from your food and prevents it from sitting in your body like an oil slick. Find ways to move throughout the day. Even a regular exercise regimen cannot undo the damage of constant sitting. Fit
Oct 08, 2014 Gretchen rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book details the research the author Levine has done on the negative effects of sitting. That's right just sitting especially for hours and hours at a time does really bad things to your health. Humans for centuries have mostly stood for work in the fields, hunting, gathering, etc. Our bodies have not adapted to this new world in which we sit at the office all day, sit in a car going to/from work, and then sitting on the couch watching tv all evening. Levine has done a lot of interesting re ...more
Petra Willow
Oct 09, 2014 Petra Willow rated it it was amazing
Read as a reviewed book in a science magazine.
A story told by the author which describes a fascinating insight into the way the body works. The pressing need for such research is born out of the increasing crisis of obesity plaguing the western world.
You follow the authors journey through a number of years as he gathers research data on lifestyle and how it can impact on obesity.
The author has coined the acronym NEAT which stands for Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis.
Fascinating book. If you
Sep 02, 2014 Leah rated it liked it
Rating: 3 of 5

Dr. Levine's passion for the "Get Up!" movement was undeniable. All the more inspirational given he faced such contempt when he introduced Homo sedentarius and his theories to the scientific community.

I requested this book for two reasons: 1) to find out why my chair was killing me - the scientific data on the negative effects of sitting - both biology and psychology, and 2) ways to combat sitting for so long every day since my profession demands being on the computer for hours. Th
Ben Holland
May 24, 2015 Ben Holland rated it really liked it
Love the concept and the overall message. The writing itself is humorous at first, but ends up being a bit odd.

Not my favorite nonfiction book, but if you are writing a report about obesity and the sedentary lifestyle, it's a must read.

The stories and studies within are invaluable. I think the author himself is on to something that will change society forever.

If I were the editor for this book, I would have cut it in half. Why does so much nonfiction have to be so unidimensional and repetitive?

Bob Collins
Feb 08, 2015 Bob Collins rated it it was amazing
Well researched book on why we need to move - sitting as much as most of us do is killing us. The author was involved in a lot of the research presented in the book, though he presented a lot of related research that was not his. The author helped make stand up desks and teadmill desks popular (just go 1 mph.
The most interesting research to me was how to deal with the high insulin spike after meals. We've know this happens for decades, but recent research shows that 15 minutes of walking (1 to 1
Jun 22, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it
Claims we're fat and unhealthy because we sit too much. Sure, sounds good. Though he seems to assert that not sitting too much will solve our obesity problem all by itself. That seems a stretch given the excess sugar in the American diet. He estimates that the average non-exercising office worker sits 13 hours per day. If they sat for about 2 and half fewer hours, they would be thinner and healthier. That sounds good, but I don't know that such a tactic would get rid of obesity entirely. Anyway, ...more
Naveen Sinha
Mar 08, 2015 Naveen Sinha rated it it was amazing
Despite being non-fiction, this book lies at the edge of believability. I felt similar to when I read Fight Club, except in this case the rebellion against a passive, consumerist society is through standing desks instead of underground fight clubs. Even though I already have a standing desk at both work and home, this become revealed the insidious reach of the chair in shaping our culture. I would especially be interested to hear what skeptics thought of this book, since I already agreed with th ...more
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Born and educated in England, James A. Levine is a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic who has worked with impoverished children in the United States and internationally for more than thirty years. He has won more than fifty major awards in science, consulted to numerous governments, and lectures to humanitarian groups around the world. He is the author of the novel The Blue Notebook.
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