It wasn't what I expected; it was much better ~ Excerpt of review by michaelmac43
When I heard about "Is Your Chair Killing You?" I first thought (wrongly) that it was about the ergonomics of chair design. That spoke to me, because I have chronic lower-back problems and I know that certain chairs are much worse than others. However, I soon realised that the message of the title is that too much sitting down is killing us, whatever type of chair we use.
When it comes to chronic back pain, Burden's bona fides are clear; he's a fitness trainer, yes, but he also broke his back at 19 and was paraplegic for a year.
Sitting for extended periods of time is as bad for your health as smoking cigarettes. And exercising for 30-60 minutes a day isn’t enough to undo the damage from extended periods of sitting. Is Your Chair Killing You? reveals shocking new research showing that sitting for long periods greatly increases your risk of developing obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. Our bodies were designed to move constantly over the course of the day, but most of us sit for hours a day at work and at home! Fitness and wellness expert and award-winning author Kent Burden has created brief, simple movements you can incorporate into your daily life to combat the damaging effects of sitting. These simple movements, done standing for 1-5 minutes each hour will burn calories, energize and refresh you, and you won’t even break a sweat; you’ll even improve your back pain. This book is a how-to for weight loss and disease prevention. Read this book–you’ll be healthier in as little as 8 minutes a day.
Author Kent Burden says, “Being a wellness coach and personal trainer, I had clients that seemed to be doing things right. After a day of sitting at work, they would come to me and do their obligatory 30-60 minutes of exercise (lifting weights, doing cardio, yoga, Pilates, etc.) but they often had trouble losing weight and their blood work and physicals were still disappointing considering the amount of exercise they were doing! After reading an article on new research that sitting for extended periods of time may be a disease risk factor in its own right (much like tobacco use), I had an “aha” moment and couldn’t wait to start writing this book. I gathered all the research available on this breakout new field called “sedentary studies” and “Is Your Chair Killing You?” was born. I created short, simple movements that can be done over the course of the day at work or at home without breaking a sweat.”
In 2014 Is Your Chair Killing You? took home the honorable mention at the Los Angeles book festival in the non-fiction category and the silver medal award in the Dan Pointer Global Ebook Awards. The book has received critical acclaim for not just pointing out the health risks that extended sitting presents, but giving real world practical advice on what to do to protect yourself. Loaded with simple exercises you can do right at your desk and a schedule for doing them, this book is the handbook for staying healthy in the modern world.
Guest article by Kent Burden