Don’t read “Get Up!” get the audiobook put it on your portable and go for a walk.
The most important advice in this book:
- Walk for 15 minutes after each meal
- Stand more (while doing things you would normally sit for)
- Folding laundry
- Talking on the phone (better yet pace)
“Get Up!: Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It” by James A. Levine is to sitting what “Grain Brian” is to gluten.
I purchased this book on Audible.com as the “Deal of the Day” on 1/12/15. I finished listening to it in 3 days. I joked with my husband that I would say this book was a real page turner but I wasn’t turning pages. This was the best $2.95 I have ever spent. This book has changed my life.
On 1/17/15 Luna had a Cross Country race. It was overcast when we got there to register. I got a good place in the bleachers where I had room for my stroller and I could stand and Katie could sit. Before reading this book I would have been looking for a good place to sit and see, no question about it.
Soon it was sunny and I wanted my sunglasses that were in the car. I didn’t want to lose my spot so when my Mother-In-Law got there I asked her to wait with the kids while I ran to my car. I seriously intended to actually run. It was quite a distance, around the stadium and into the parking lot. I didn’t want to leave baby Séamus for long. I could barely even run a few yards about the distance of crossing the street let alone all the way to my car and back. One week later after starting to use the things I learned in “Get Up!” I can park in the farthest spot in the parking lot and run all the way to the store.
I previously thought if I could just lose the weight then exercising would be easier, that exercising to lose the weight was impossible. Since my first pregnancy (19 years ago) I have been 20 to 40 pounds overweight, not obese just your average overweight American. I was 19 when I had my first child. So pretty much my whole adult life, I have been overweight.
I couldn’t run or do aerobic exercise my joints hurt too much. I wanted to lose the weight because I thought it would make me feel better, not about myself and the way I look, I wanted energy and not to ache.
Since listening to this book my first simple change was I started folding laundry standing up. I use the kitchen table to put the piles of separated folded clothes on and I work from the basket on a chair instead of me.
I was really amazed that I have more energy after I started sitting less.
My next step was I started walking on the trail behind Katie’s preschool after I drop her off and around the circle I live on in the afternoon and after dinner.
The book states that blood sugar spikes after a meal but if you go for a 15 minute walk the peak is half as much.
I know I am pre-diabetic, and if you are overweight even in the least you are too even if you don’t know it and your doctor hasn’t told you. If you have extra fat you are insulin resistant your body is storing fat instead of using the glucose in your muscles. It is as simple as that and it is only going to get worse unless you make changes.
So I took the information to heart and started walking. If it is just me with a stroller and I am walking at a quick pace I can make it around my circle, which I think it is shapped more like a jelly bean, in 11 minutes. If the girls are with me it takes a little longer.
I make sure I fix dinner early enough to walk before it gets dark. I put on my plate what I think should be a good portion, half of the plate is vegetables. Then after I eat that I go for a walk even though I am still hungry and could easily eat another plate full. If I am still hungry when I get back I go ahead and eat seconds, but most of the time I find I am not hungry anymore.
I have lost about 30 lbs. since delivering 7 weeks ago. With past pregnancies the first 10 lbs is baby and fluid and the next 10 lbs would come off in the first 2 months but anything after that was a struggle.
The best thing is I have more energy now that I am not sitting all the time. I want to stand, walk and even run for short bursts. I did not know I could feel this way and still be overweight and now I know the rest of this weight will come off.
So I implore you to take the advice go for a walk and listen to this book and find more valuable information for yourself. After I started listening to this book I went and looked at the reviews. I wondered if this book helped people as I hoped but didn’t believe yet that it could help me. The first review was a 2 star review that complained that the author didn’t give enough ways to incorporate standing more and the book was only a way for him to boast about all the places he traveled. I am so glad I didn’t read that first or I may not have bought the book. I think Dr. Levine’s talk of all the places he has been is only to illustrate the point that “sitting disease” is becoming a problem everywhere. I didn’t find it boastful I found it exciting to listen to his travels.
So listen for yourself and tell me what you think. I have been accused of putting a positive spin on everything. By the way there are plenty more 5 star reviews now.