Get Up! is about exercise but it is not an exercise book. Dr. Levine enthusiastically demonstrates the importance of NEAT (nonexercise activity thermogenesis) for our health. Our society has become structured for sitting, even enforced sitting. We drive our cars, sit at desks in front of computer monitors, fixate on small cellphone screens or large TV screens. It is not that we don’t exercise at the gym, it is that we don’t move in our daily routine. This is not only a major factor in the growing diabetes, obesity, and heart disease issues but also in depression, productivity and basic happiness. Lethal sitting not only affects our health, it affects our productivity at work and our ability to learn at school.
We are efficiently immobile and our physical and mental wellbeing depends on changing that. Dr. Levine gives a scientific but entertaining and guilt free explanation of the problem and a creative, motivated approach to the solution. His advice is practical and doable.
Dr. Levine is the Director of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative. He is an inventor and entrepreneur. His apps are used by 30 million people and he has won over 50 awards in science.
Review by Janet Twigg, Reference Librarian