Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

Sitting Kills, Moving Heals by Joan Vernikos, Ph.D. If you’re like me you do a daily walk or a workout, get your exercise and then go sit at your desk, at your computer or in your car, for hours on end. Still, you may think, “I exercise, I’m fit, that’s enough, right?” According to this thought provoking new book, the answer is “NO — exercise isn’t enough!”

What’s missing is gravity. The author, Dr. Joan Vernikos, former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division, shares what her years of research taught her and outlines her plan for regaining true fitness, health and energy. One of her first tips is learning that “exercise is not a substitute for doing those activities that come naturally throughout the day, 365 days a year, for the rest of your life.” As she points out, no matter how much exercise we get, most of us spend hours immobile, and we’re getting fatter, sicker and more tired than ever before.

In Sitting Kills, Moving Heals, the author explains how our bodies and brains need the effects of gravity to stay healthy. She outlines the most beneficial everyday activities and recommends a daily program to incorporate them gradually. As she writes, it is the simple everyday activities that net the most benefit, not the “peak performance” type of exercises one does at a gym.

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by Staff