Don't Just Sit There

Transitioning to a Standing and Dynamic Workstation for Whole-Body Health
by Katy Bowman | 152 pages

Katy Bowman is the world’s leading biomechanist—helping us apply wisdom from that domain to optimizing our lives. This is a great, quick-reading, smart and funny look at how we can optimally transition from sitting all.day.long to creating a standing and dynamic (<— key word!) workstation to help us optimize our whole-body health. Big Ideas we explore include whether or not sitting is the new smoking, checking in to see if we’re active yet also sedentary, the 3 M’s of movement, working out our eyeballs, what sea turtles can teach us about our sleep and how to have the best ideas.


“My reason for writing this book is that, right now, you’re probably super motivated to sit less, and I’d like to help you transition appropriately. In order to do that, you need a deeper prescription for sitting less that’s more than simply ‘standing more.’ Therefore, I’ve included the following four sections in this book:

  • How to build a perfect workstation
  • How to sit better
  • How to stand better
  • How to work out on company time!

The last section is a two-parter, because not only will I give you exercises to de-chair your body on your movement breaks, but I will also show you how you can exercise your body while you are simultaneously working (you won’t need extra time outside of work to do these exercises).”

~ Katy Bowman from Don’t Just Sit There

As Mark Sisson says in the introduction to this book, Katy Bowman is “the world leader in the burgeoning field of biomechanics and how it relates to optimal human development.”

Katy has a popular blog called “Nutritious Movement” and an equally popular podcast called “Katy Says.”

Alexandra loves her and has been encouraging me to read this book for awhile—especially on days when she sees me with horrible posture as I’m reading or typing! (Which, unfortunately, is most days. Hah. Need to work on that. :)

This is a great, quick-reading, smart and funny look at how we can optimally transition from sitting all.day.long to creating a standing and dynamic (<— key word!) workstation to help us optimize our whole-body health. (Geta copy of the book here.)

Although short, the book is packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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About the author

Authors

Katy Bowman

Biomechanist and author of books on natural movement and adaptation to movement.