If you’re like 85% of Americans (like I was), you live a largely sedentary lifestyle consisting of sitting for 13 hours a day. Whether in a car, at the office or on the sofa in front of our TV, can you believe that sitting has been found to reduce our life expectancy by at least 2 years.
So yes, it turns out your chair really is killing you!
And that’s what Dr. James Levine has been trying to tell us for more than a decade and in his book Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It, he seeks to educate us, not only about the scope and dire urgency of this health crisis, but about specific strategies we can use at work, at school and at home.
And not a minute too soon!
Doing some research for this post, I was shocked to learn that nearly half of all Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes! That’s insane.
But that’s not all. Sitting isn’t only linked to diabetes, but also to heart disease, obesity, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, dementia and a lengthy rogues’ gallery of human ailments.
Our bodies were simply not designed for inactivity and it should come as no surprise, given the voluminous and mounting scientific evidence, that our sedentary ways of life are making us deathly ill.
For this reason, I urge you to check out Dr. Levine’s book.
What finer investment can you make than educating yourself about how to improve your health, extend your years and increase your quality of life?
And not only educating yourself, but taking action!
But perhaps the message is falling on deaf ears. This isn’t a news bulletin—you’re already familiar with the thesis of Dr. Levine’s argument, but far too often we don’t do what we know we should. Actually, it’s worse than that; all too often we do EXACTLY what we know we shouldn’t!
We all know we need to Get Up but we resist.
That’s where I think this book shines.
It will arm you with all the reasons you need to take action. The scientific evidence is there. The emotional triggers are there. The strategic and tactical plans are there, too.
You have everything you need to get moving (pun intended).
So why wouldn’t you?
This is life changing stuff.
I can tell you from my own experience that a single concept in the book helped me to lose 40 pounds and become healthier.
I’m talking about N.E.A.T.
Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis.
Normally, I would delve into the details of what that is, but I’m not going to do it this time.
I want you to take action.
N.E.A.T. can change your life by helping you become fitter and trimmer, while significantly reducing your risk of diabetes, heart disease and more. And all this without resorting to extreme training regimens, crazy fad diets, or dangerous drugs or supplements.
No hyperbole here.
But to learn more you’ll have to go get the book.
I can’t urge you enough. Get it. Read it. Apply it. Believe me when I tell you—you’ll thank me later.
The book is available on Audible so you can listen to it during your drive to work, during lunch, or while taking a leisurely stroll. (Note, this is not a sponsored link).
photo courtesy of Jaren Wilkey, BYU