Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death - and Exercise Alone Won't

Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death - and Exercise Alone Won't

by Joan Vernikos


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610350181
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Publication date: 11/03/2011
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 368,517
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Joan Vernikos, PhD, is a motivational speaker and a stress expert. She is the former director of NASA's life sciences division and a member of the space studies board of the National Academy of Sciences. She is the author of "The G-Connection: Harness Gravity and Reverse Aging." She lives in Culpeper, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Introduction: Gravity Is Our Friend viii

Part 1 Why You Need Gravity for Good Health

Chapter 1 Gravity 101 3

What Happens to Astronauts in Space? 3

Gravity and Life 5

Losing the Memory of Gravity 7

Hitting the Risk Zone 8

Chapter 2 Gravity Deprivation Syndrome 13

The Consequences 14

Forgetting How to Live in Gravity 14

How Can We Be Deprived of Gravity on Earth? 18

Gravipause 20

The Slippery Slope Can Start in Your Twenties 22

A Better World through Gravity 23

Chapter 3 What Does Using Gravity Mean? 31

Clues from Four Lines of Research 31

Measuring Your Gravity Fitness 42

Taking Charge of Your Gravity Use 43

It's All about Good Habits 45

Part 2 Putting Gravity to Work for Lifelong Health

Chapter 4 Your Action Plan 51

Turn All Day, Natural Non-Exercise Activities into G-Habits 51

Eight Fundamentals of G-Effective Activity 54

G-Habits Action Plan 57

Chapter 5 Activity, Exercise, and Gravity Machines 75

The Health and Fitness Pyramid 76

Fuel for Your Body 85

Gravity Machines: Pulling Gs 86

Hypergravity 87

For the Fun of It 88

Chapter 6 G-Therapy: Help for Specific Problems 95

Gravity Therapy 95

Rehabilitation 97

Metabolic Disorders 98

Helping the Brain Help Itself 98

Limiting Birth Brain Injury 98

Developmental Injury 100

Adult Brain Injury 101

Victims of Spinal Cord Injury Are Starved of Gravity 101

Maintaining the Disconnected Body 103

Re-establishing Connections 104

Hypergravity-Changing the Gravity Load 104

Stimulating Gravity Receptors 109

Epilogue 115

Appendix: Health Assets Questionnaire 117

Index 122

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