Sitting kills, moving heals

From Ginny Pisciotta
Author:  Joan Vernikos
Sitting kills, moving heals : how simple everyday movement will prevent pain, illness, and early death– and exercise alone won’t
The author, a former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division, uses her research on gravity deprivation and her experience working with astronauts to show us how our sedentary lifestyles are making us sick and shortening our lives.  She teaches us how the body and brain must use gravity to stay healthy.

Going to the gym, playing sports or doing other exercises several times a week is not enough. The human body was designed to be in perpetual motion but our modern, technology driven culture spends way too much time sitting.  We need to develop a lifestyle of constant, natural movement that resists the force of gravity.

Her suggestions for incorporating the necessary movement into our lives are simple and doable.  I would highly recommend reading this book.  It will open your eyes to a problem you may not have been aware of (especially if you are someone who does exercise), and at the same time give you the know-how and motivation for overcoming this problem and rebuilding your health.

 

Packing For Mars: The curious science of life in the void

From Ellen Druda
author: Roach, Mary
Packing For Mars: The curious science of life in the void
This book was funny. Each chapter took a look at the different ways NASA prepared the astronauts to handle certain personal functions in space: sleeping, going to the bathroom, eating, air sickness, claustrophobia, etc., and how successful they were.  Along the way we learn about the history of the space program both here and in the Soviet Union, some interesting trivia, and the author’s personal experiences researching the book.  Roach focuses on the absurd and the comic in the very serious world of space travel, and the results are enlightening and entertaining.