Yancey makes a compelling case for establishing ten-minute recesses—that is, aerobic breaks—in schools, churches, baseball stadiums, and offices around the country. Her goal: for people to think that prolonged sitting is as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving or smoking. Yancey holds an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Northwestern, a medical degree from Duke, and a masters in public health from UCLA, where she is a professor, and one can easily imagine this 6-foot-2 African American woman refusing to take no for an answer. She lays out the problem (a sedentary America), the benefits of physical activity (good health, less obesity), the way to market fitness (change the culture and get people to choose activities they like), and the case for instant recess being good for the bottom line (preventing blood clots and the associated expenses). To liven up her text, the author shares poems she has written and fun photos, even as she stays focused on her call for an affordable, easy way to prevent chronic diseases and promote health. --Karen Springen --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Definitely not what I expected. Boring and didn't do anything for me. I think there is a video that is better.Published 13 months ago by Jackster
I read this book expecting encouragement to go to the gym every day. While it certainly provides data to motivate such action if you're so inclined, it's really more about... Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Monica Hahn
As one who struggles constantly to get there, Instant Recess really hits it out of the park--a spot on compelling read for all of us who need to stop and smell the roses. Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by Ronald S. Barak
Toni Yancey makes a compelling case for short bursts of activity being fun and healthful. Too many people get turned off to exercising because they think they have to change... Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Carolyn F. Katzin
Sometimes it takes a simple idea to get us "unstuck." This book is about taking short breaks during the work or school day or meetings of any kind. But it's also about much more. Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by drunkenfig
Who should read this book?
Anyone who is interested in an easy-to-use, practical approach to helping their worksite, school, or community become more active... Read more
Most of us have forgotten that we used to look forward to getting out of our chairs and moving around. That's what this book is all about. Read morePublished on November 13, 2010 by Long Ball
Instant Recess offers practical, simple, and most importantly, fun ways to incorporate exercise and movement into our daily lives. In Instant Recess, Dr. Read morePublished on November 12, 2010 by Raquel Hunter
Good health shouldn't take a lot of time. "Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time"is a guide to finding one's own sense of health and well-being without... Read morePublished on November 11, 2010 by Midwest Book Review