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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Quill Driver Books; 1 edition (November 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610350189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610350181
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""NOT an exercise book, instead it contains a few simple 'activities' you can work into your everyday life. . . . Informative and helpful . . . I would recommend this book to anyone interested in finding some SIMPLE STEPS to living a healthier lifestyle."" --www.BunnyCates.com

About the Author

Joan Vernikos, PhD, is a motivational speaker and a stress expert. She is the former director of NASA's life sciences division and a member of the space studies board of the National Academy of Sciences. She is the author of ""The G-Connection: Harness Gravity and Reverse Aging."" She lives in Culpeper, Virginia.

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Joan Vernikos PhD (1934-)was born to Greek parents in Alexandria, Egypt. A pharmacologist from the Univ. of London, she taught medical students at Ohio State University before being recruited by NASA in 1964. Former Director of NASA's Life Sciences (1993-2000) she is a recognized leader in the field of stress management and coping and a pioneer of space medicine.A woman of many talents, she and her husband Geoffrey Hazzan had a chocolate truffle shop, GEOFFROI, in London in the 1980s where she invented the first all white chocolate truffle in Europe.Stories of that challenge and the recipes she created are in their 2012 book 'Adventures in Chocolate' under her married name, Joan Hazzan, co-authored with her husband.
Her NASA research led to the discovery of a revolutionary link between gravity and healthy aging. Her first book in 2004, 'The G-Connection: Harness Gravity and Reverse Aging' with a forward by John Glenn is now published in five languages and received the 2009 Book Award of the International Academy of Astronautics. 'Stress Fitness for Seniors' followed in 2009. 'Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Simple Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness and Early Death -- and Exercise Alone Won't'(2011) emphasizes that the key to lifelong health is more than just traditional gym exercise, but a natural lifestyle of constant, natural movement that resists the force of gravity.'Sitting Kills, Moving Heals' won the Finalist Award in the General Health section of the 2012 Indie Excellence Awards. Recipient of numerous other awards for science and leadership, Dr. Joan is a popular motivational speaker, health coach and consultant to organizations. (www.joanvernikos.com/aboutjoan). Her mission - to stem the trend in poor health in sedentary America by helping people live with fun, health and vigor.

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Very informative book.
Rach
This is a great book for anyone looking for simple, easy ways to remain healthy and independent for life.
Dee O'Hara
This book will convince you to get moving!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By B. P. Beach on November 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Joan Vernikos "Dr. Joan" has once again produced an easy to understand, common sense, helpful book with the aim of keeping us healthy. Sitting Kills Moving Heals advances Dr Joan's commitment to bring the wisdom of the sometimes complicated science of gravity and motion to people like you and me.
Although she cites authority for the scientific foundation, she writes in a clear understandable manner that encourages us to incorporate as much physical movement as possible into our daily routines. Dr Joan offers realistic ways to avoid unnecessary pain, illness and early death. If you have not read one of Dr. Joan's earlier books, heard her speak or subscribed to her blog, get ready to be swept away by her commitment to help all of us attain a better quality of life.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Robin S.Hosie on December 31, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
SITTING KILLS
M0VING HEALS

How Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death --- and
Exercise Alone Won't

If money were no object and you were wondering how it might feel to go on a journey into Space give some thought to the perils, as well as the wonders, of living beyond the pull of Earth's gravity. Astronauts, on their return to earth, show many signs of physical deterioration. Their muscles are weaker, their eyesight and hearing poorer, any wounds take longer to heal and some men are dismayed to find that their testosterone level is reduced. .

The good news is that, with the right treatment, these and other unwelcome effects can be reversed. This is largely due to the work of Dr Joan Vernikos. As Director of Life Sciences at NASA she led a team charged with finding out what was causing highly trained young men in the prime of their lives to lose their fitness so rapidly. It soon became clear that the bodily deterioration was entirely the result of being beyond the reach of gravity - the force under whose influence all life on earth has evolved and developed. Then came a period of rigorous scientific research as Dr Vernikos and her team devised an effective diet and exercise programme to restore the astronauts to full health.

Dr Vernikos is an original thinker whose eureka moment came with the realisation that what happens to astronauts during a few weeks or months in Space is mirrored on a longer time scale by what happens to all of us as we grow older. Being earthbound we are by definition subject to the influence of gravity, but most of us find ways to dodge its full effects.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Colinda VINE VOICE on August 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was attracted to this book by the author's credentials and the fact that I needed inspiration to increase the amount of exercise I get. Dr. Vernikos differs from many writers on fitness in that she acquired expertise from the space program, specifically the detrimental effects that astronauts suffer from living gravity-free in space. It turns out that gravity is essential to keeping our muscles and bones in shape, and that we can use gravity as a fitness aid.

The writer details ways to do this including devices that challenge our balance, even amusement park rides! But you can increase your fitness without any devices just by moving about more, getting out of your chair frequently and doing ordinary things. The amazing thing is that increasing your everyday activity is more important than going to the gym or running. The key is frequent movement all day long. Even getting up to get a glass of water instead of reaching for it from your chair is helpful.

If you need this kind of inspiration, read this book. It will convince you to get out of that chair.

The copy I found in a public library said it was a gift from the local hospital. I can see that the information in this book is valuable to public health.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dmitry Moshchensky on February 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
To me, this happened to be quite an eye-opening book. I even went so far as to take Dr Vernikos's recommendations and adjust my workouts accordingly - i.e., make more emphasis on the gravity, balance, and whole-body movement versus exercising an isolated muscle group. I feel a positive difference, especially with my core strength: my body feels more "whole" and not so compartmentalized as before. Just sharing my experience, yours may be different, perhaps more profound, perhaps less - all depending on where you are currently and which particular changes you introduce in your routine.

I would highly recommend to read this book - especially if your local library happens to carry a copy. It's a concise, well-structured and to the point text, and therefore a quick read. You'll definitely gain good tidbits from it, at the very least.

Now I am even persuaded enough to take up another rollercoaster ride!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Space Coast Review on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
The "G-Lady"'s purpose in the book is to educate us about gravity's role in keeping the human
body healthy. Through 30 years of research and studying the astronauts who lived without
gravity in outer space she learned many things that are helpful to us here on the planet
Earth.

In a weightless environment the astronauts experience physical deterioration , muscle and
brain atrophy. Living in space profoundly magnify the changes that normally take a
lifetime to appear.

The same happens to us when we lead a sedentary lifestyle. Using healthy human volunteers
Dr. Vernikos found that gravity's maximum effect is when we are standing. It pulls in a head-to-
toe direction. As little as four days in bed results in a measurable GDS (gravity deprivation
syndrome). Many years ago through these experiments with astronauts it was found that the day
after an operation people needed to get out of bed and walk so GDS did not set in.

We need to get up and move around. Simple everyday movements will prevent pain, illness
and early death. Movement is ineffective without gravity and gravity is harmful unless we
move.
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