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Sitting Kills, Moving Heals
Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

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


150 Pages, 6 x 9

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $16.95)

Publication Date: November 2011

ISBN 9781610350181

Rights: WOR

Linden Publishing (Nov 2011)
Quill Driver Books

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Harness the life-changing power of gravity

This groundbreaking new medical work demonstrates how modern sedentary lifestyles contribute to poor health, obesity, and diabetes, and how health can be dramatically improved by continuous, low-intensity, movement that challenges the force of gravity. Citing her original NASA research on how weightlessness weakens astronauts' muscles, bones, and overall health, the author presents a simple and effective plan for maintaining good health throughout life by developing new lifestyle habits of frequent gravity-challenging movement. Written for everyone who spends most of their lives sitting in chairs, at desks, and in cars, this practical, easy-to-follow action plan outlines simple gravity-challenging activities such as standing up frequently, stretching, walking, and dancing that are more healthful and effective than conventional diet and exercise regimens.


"Thought-provoking . . . former NASA scientist Vernikos . . . argues that out-of-shape Americans need to start doing exercises that make their bodies resist the force of gravity. The good news: dancing, jumping . . . and gardening all count. A compelling call to action." —Booklist (December 1, 2011)

"A plan that can help everyone improve their health with small, simple actions. . . . The beauty of Dr. Vernikos' plan is its simplicity. Easy, natural, everyday movements that take, literally, seconds and can provide a lifetime of benefits." —East Oregonian (December 11, 2011)

"An easy-to-use prescription for good health. And the best part? We don't have to spend excessive hours at the gym to produce health benefits. Anyone interested in maintining health and independence will want to read this book." —Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine (May 2012)

"Offers many tips on how people can increase their simple everyday movement, thereby improving their health. Sitting Kills, Moving Heals is a superb fitness book. . . . I highly recommend this book." —La Crosse Tribune (October 25, 2012)

"The genius of this doctor's advocated activities . . . is that stirring pasta, rolling out cookie dough, and cracking nut shells for noshing all count as exercise. The book is filled with tips to create health-building movements into your day." — (December 2011)

"A book everyone should read. . . . I recommend it especially to anyone who hates exercise and needs motivation to become physically active again. The book is an easy read and easy to put into action in your own life." —

"If you are struggling to be more fit and thinking that 30 minutes of physical exercise three times a week is too overwhelming, this book will help you. . . . I am so glad I read it." —

"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." —

Author Biography

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.