Joan Vernikos

Designed to Move

Science has proven that sitting too much is bad for your health, but what can you do about it if you're stuck at your desk all day? “Designed to Move” gives deskbound professionals a practical, easy-to-follow movement plan to fight the debilitating and life-shortening effects of sitting disease. Dr. Joan Vernikos, former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division, draws on decades of scientific research on astronauts to show readers how to use gravity-based movement to counteract the effects of prolonged sitting and maintain lifelong good health.

Written for everyone who spends most of their lives sitting in chairs, “Designed to Move” provides readers with a science-backed health program that helps people stay healthy while at work. Expanding upon her groundbreaking previous book, “Sitting Kills, Moving Heals,” Dr. Vernikos shows how developing simple new lifestyle habits at the office can reverse the symptoms of sitting disease and even aging itself, and lead to a life of bountiful health.
188 printed pages
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    Daria Temryazanskayahas quoted2 months ago
    Despite knowing that inactivity is harmful, we have allowed ourselves to become victims of a system that wants us to spend our days sitting for work, commuting, communicating through electronics, and so forth. The lack of movement is in turn leading to reduced mobility, pain in the neck or back, stooped posture, muscle and bone weakness, reduced flexibility, and painful joints. Does any of this sound familiar?
    Modern medical advances—drugs, surgery, devices—have become a false safety net. The emphasis in medical research is on longevity. We are achieving that. We live longer but not better. How well we will live is not about relegating the care of our health to medicine. It is not about some invading infection that needs to be cured. It requires our personal awareness, to listen to ourselves and what we can do right now, as individuals and as members of the community
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