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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 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 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 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
Sep 18, 2014 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
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
1. Brain change can happen in 3 weeks

2. "Move it" chemical

3. Modern living vs. natural moving of bodies

4. Chair sloth makes brain sedentary.

5. Move after eating to circulate blood sugar. Walk 15 min.

6. Nitricide - death caused by poor nutrition.

7. People in motion are happy.

8. Adults don't play, they email.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: skimmed
It wasn't worth it to read the whole book, but I thought it was interesting that sitting down can make your mind sluggish too.
Tom Dillon
Jun 03, 2015 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
Milan Žila
Oct 31, 2015 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
Jan 28, 2015 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
Apr 24, 2016 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.
Jan 17, 2015 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.
Avinash Aaron
Jan 12, 2015 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.
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, 2015-reads
... Something to listen to during runs and while walking the dog . . .
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-audio-books
The author sets out to expose life-threatening consequences of sedentary, chair-trapped life with passion and conviction. He tells about results of his and other scientists research, about the importance of NEAT(non exercise activity thermogenesis aka how much you move around in your everyday life versus how much you sit in a chair or lie on an couch because moving around daily is more beneficial than working out in a gym a couple of times a week), about different projects he led to create a mor ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Timing is everything. As I am walking daily in preparation for hiking el Camino de Santiago, this book was great motivation to keep moving to free myself from my “chair sentence”. I don’t think much of the science will come as a surprise, but I found there was lots for me to mull over. “A seated body begets a sedentary mind.” “Modern sedentariness has predicated an era of disconnected loneliness.” If indeed the brain is hard wired to get you moving or keep you sitting, this book has helped me fo ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I only give this four stars because of the importance of its message. The writing felt like it tried too hard to be congenial but just didn't do it for me. I also don't think it gave its promised road map to more activity. It just gave general guidelines for how to make a plan (plan ahead! Prioritize!), not any specific ways to bring movement into your day except what you can glean from his stories throughout the book. I was pretty disappointed by this book but I'm still glad I read it.
Kylie Brooks
A little more biographical than I thought it would be, Levine's "Get Up!" is interesting and worth reading because it's already made me step (HAHA) into action. Case studies and studies about the perils of sedentary lifestyles and how easy it is to add NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Time) into your day with AMAZING benefit to doing so.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book by an author who has impacted my life - from the Nike Plus I used with my iPod to my current fitness tracker. I need to devise my own unique solutions to escaping early death in a chair.
Christian Furuly
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Burde leses av alle som sitter!
Nicole Cushing
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting story behind the treadmill desk. I agree and wish I could do a better job of NEAT.
Stephanie Schmidt
Jun 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nf-social-policy
Before I give my review, I must disclose that I was a recipient of, "Get Up!" via Giveaways. Thank you to all that made it possible, it is always a pleasure to review an author's work. Apologies for the delay in the review.
Dr. Levine has dedicated himself to educating people about the dangers of sedentary life. His book is a quick read, filled with clever puns about the "chairman" being out to get us, and some odd quizzes placed about; however, his underlying message is a serious one:we sit too
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"If you get up from your chair you will be better for it."

This book was fascinating and I think the information needs to be spread far and wide through America. We have very much became a society that is geared to sitting instead of being active. The book is filled with the sciency stuff backing up the reasons why we need to be more active. Though sciency stuff isn't always the most fun to read this book kept it entertaining and engaging. I feel that I will need to revisit this book many times
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SO TRUE! All together now: 1,2,3 - GET UP OUT OF THOSE CHAIRS!
Jul 30, 2014 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
Elizabeth Tai
Apr 04, 2016 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
Quentin Stewart
Aug 05, 2014 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
JDL Wahaha
May 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure why this book is so widely recommended, but this author is so rude. He gives names like Micro-brain and Tiny-brain. He also assigned a name, Dr. Fartoobusy, to a person who sort of refused to see him for his experience. Instead of giving these names, it could be silently removed from the chapters.

This book is more like bragging his person experiment while the result is rather questioning. Taking the example of building the perfect workplace environment, does standing at work really
Get a walking desk, like, now. Kills me that our kids have to sit at school all day.
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