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Scared Sitless: The Office Fitness Book Paperback – October 31, 2014
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From the Back Cover
You've seen the news stories:
Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?
Sitting Can Harm Health Even for Those Who Exercise
Beware of the Chair
Prolonged Sitting Linked to Cancer
Scared Sitless shows you the science behind these headlines and gives you an evidence-based action plan to prevent and treat "sitting disease."
We all need to be less sedentary and more active at work. Whether you simply stand up a few times an hour or choose to work at a treadmill desk, getting moving at work boosts your productivity and sets you on a path to a longer, healthier life.
This book also helps you cope with the muscle aches and pains and other discomfort that can result from office work. The final three chapters show you how to:
- take charge of your ergonomics set-up
- develop better body awareness and posture habits
- do "no-sweat workouts" and other office-fitness exercises
About the Author
Larry Swanson is a massage therapist and personal trainer practicing in downtown Seattle, WA, since 1999. After 10 years of helping desk-bound computer users cope with the vagaries of office work, he began developing an area he calls "office fitness." "Scared Sitless" is the culmination of 15 years of research and practice in this area.
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Full disclosure: I know Larry through family. Prior to reading this book though, I had already set up my at-office cubicle as a standing desk before I knew he was penning this book. I don't mean to pat myself on the back, rather, I'm already bought-in to the subject matter and this should be known.
Never-the-less, the tips regarding how to orient a monitor, laptop, keyboard and mouse, often-used and rarely-used items to minimize over-reaching, were all useful and I employ them on my existing desk at work, and (sometimes) how I work at home.
Pain and office life might drive you to purchase this book for yourself (like me). Yet it’s very comprehensive in how to avoid problems with sitting and inactivity in the office. “Scared Sitless” will be a valuable resource for any HR department, office ergonomic consultant, therapists and exercise trainers.
From the Table of Contents you’ll quickly see how comprehensive it is, with footnotes to original research sources. Each chapter concludes with suggested reading for more depth.
I appreciate Chapter 2 about the science behind habits and behavior change…those insights can be applied to any habit changing in my life.
Individuals will find it valuable with clear how-to’s for sitting less in your own office. It’s become a daily encouragement for me be more productive and pain free, and I am.
~ Bonnie Bhatti PhD LICSW