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

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: 320,805
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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Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death - and Exercise Alone Won't 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
OldTown More than 1 year ago
Joan Vernikos "Dr. Joan" has once again produced an easy to understand, common sense, helpful book with the aim of keeping us healthy. Sitting Kills Moving Heals advances Dr Joan's commitment to bring the wisdom of the sometimes complicated science of gravity and motion to people like you and me. Although she cites authority for the scientific foundation, she writes in a clear understandable manner that encourages us to incorporate as much physical movement as possible into our daily routines. Dr Joan offers realistic ways to avoid unnecessary pain, illness and early death. If you have not read one of Dr. Joan's earlier books, heard her speak or subscribed to her blog, get ready to be swept away by her commitment to help all of us attain a better quality of life.
jjagb More than 1 year ago
As a long time RN no longer working and wanting to stay healthy, Dr. Joan's book brings clarity and simplicity to what I need to do in order to keep the health I have and increase it if I take all of her advice. This is a book that anyone can understand and is appropriate for any age. It is never too young to start forming good, healthy habits in fact, according to Dr. Joan, the sooner the better. Children do so much of this naturally. It has been years since I've jumped rope but maybe I will try it again. I love that I can get healthier without going to a gym, that I can fit it into my day, every day! This is a great gift for someone you love and want to be healthy. I'd never thought of gravity as "my friend" until I read The G-Factor by Dr. Vernikos. I always thought about it pulling things (neck, cheeks, hips, etc.) down but now I know how to use it for my benefit! Amazing. jjagb, R.N.
ogormand More than 1 year ago
Dr. Joan has drawn on her pioneering bed rest investigations with NASA to write a book to help all of us better understand (i) why activity is important and (ii) what we need to do to stay healthy for longer. There is something in this book for everyone. It provides an informative and easy-to-understand summary of the scientific evidence that will be of interest to the general public while showing the importance of gravity to the curious scientist. Having been presented with this information the reader is anxious to know what needs to be done to prevent the negative consequences of inactivity. In part two of the book Dr. Joan presents a series of easy to follow activities that can be implemented by everyone in their daily lives without requiring specialist equipment or facilities. Dr. Joan has one of the best scientific minds I have come across and is passionate and knowledgeable about physical activity. She would convince a bear that hibernation was not important!! This book is a must-read for everyone who wants to live healthy for longer. Dr. Donal O'Gorman. Director, Centre for Preventive Medicine, Dublin City University
Anonymous More than 1 year ago