From the codirector ofthe Mayo Clinic / Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative andinventor of the treadmill desk comes a fascinating wake-up call about oursedentary lifestyle.
That the average adultspends 50 to 70 percent of their day sitting is no surprise to anyone who worksin an office environment. But few realize the health consequences they are sufferingas a result of modernity’s increasingly sedentary lifestyle, or the effects ithas had on society at large. In Get Up!, health expert James A. Levine’soriginal scientific research shows that today’s chair-based world, where we nolonger use our bodies as they evolved to be used, is having negativeconsequences on our health, and is a leading cause of diabetes, cancer, andheart disease. Over the decades, humans have moved from a primarily activelifestyle to one that is largely sedentary, and this change has reshaped everyfacet of our lives—from social interaction to classroom design. Levine showshow to throw off the shackles of inertia and reverse these negative trendsthrough simple changes in our daily lives.
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