By: Dr. Joan Vernikos
How Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death -- and Exercise Alone Won't
Numerous medical studies have proven that sitting too much shortens lifespan, even in people who exercise regularly, but what’s the reason? In Sitting Kills, Moving Heals, 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.
In Sitting Kills, Moving Heals, Vernikos uncovers the unsuspected medical connection between the health dangers of weightlessness in space and the chronic diseases caused by sedentary lifestyles here on Earth. In her research at NASA, Vernikos discovered that movement that resists the force of gravity is essential to good health. In weightlessness, astronauts, who are far fitter than the average adult, seem to rapidly age; their muscles, bones and overall health degenerate to levels usually seen in elderly people. Vernikos found that keeping subjects resting and immobile an extreme form of the typical American lifestyle caused the same health problems as extended weightlessness.
Sitting Kills, Moving Heals shows that the key to reversing the damage of sedentary living is to put gravity back in your life through frequent, no strenuous actions that resist the force of gravity throughout the day, 365 days a year. Better than an exercise or diet plan, Sitting Kills, Moving Heals gives readers a blueprint for transforming their lives with everyday healthful activity.
This is a landmark book that explains why the obesity epidemic is happening and gives ordinary people the knowledge and weapons to fight it and win a lifetime of good health. This is a must-read book for all people who care about their health and the health of their loved ones.
Joan Vernikos, Ph.D., the former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division, is a pioneer in space medicine research and a leading researcher in health aging.
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