Sunday, September 2, 2012

Blog Tour: Sitting Kills, Moving Heals Book Review

You’ve seen the recent medical news, a number of new scientific studies have consistently shown that too much sitting will shorten your life, even if you exercise regularly. Americans have struggled for decades to exercise more and eat less, but one thing hasn’t changed: we still spend hour after hour each day virtually immobile in our chairs, and we’re fatter, sicker and more tired than ever before. The way we live is killing us, and we can’t seem to stop it.

In her new book Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Simple Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death and Exercise Alone Won’t (Quill Driver Books, December 2011), Dr. Joan Vernikos, former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division, presents a comprehensive scientific explanation for why Americans are so unhealthy — and delivers the solution, an easy-to-follow, scientifically proven plan to restore Americans’ health.

Book Description:

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 presents a simple and effective plan for maintaining good health throughout life by developing new lifestyle habits of frequent gravity-challenging movement. Written for everyone who spends most of their lives sitting in chairs, at desks, and in cars, this practical, easy-to-follow action plan outlines simple gravity-challenging activities such as standing up frequently, stretching, walking, and dancing that are more healthful and effective than conventional diet and exercise regimens.

About the Author:

Joan Vernikos (PhD) was born to Greek parents in Alexandria, Egypt. A pharmacologist from the Univ. of London, she taught medical students at Ohio State University before being recruited by NASA in 1964. Former Director of NASA's Life Sciences (1993-2000) she is a recognized leader in the field of stress management and coping and a pioneer of space medicine.A woman of many talents, she invented the first all white chocolate truffle in Europe. Her research led to the discovery of a revolutionary link between gravity and healthy aging.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the mention book from the PR firm or publisher. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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