Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Book Review: Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath

Eat Move Sleep: Why Small Choices Make a Big Difference

Author: Tom Rath

Publisher: Missionday

Release Date: October 8, 2013

About The Author
Tom Rath is a Senior Scientist and Advisor to Gallup, where he previously spent 13 years leading the organization's work on employee engagement, strengths, and wellbeing. He also served as Vice Chairman of the VHL cancer research organization. Tom earned degrees from the University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania, where he is now a guest lecturer.

Small Choices Make a Big Difference
Mr. Tom Rath has organized this book about healthy living into the following three categories;
(1.) Eat - Our diet
(2.) Move - Exercise
(3.) Sleep - How many hours each night?

Mr. Rath has spent many years researching these topics and has presented the information in a fascinating and scholarly book about the food we eat, our daily exercise and sleep habits.

The author believes the right choices over time will greatly improve our odds for a long and healthy life. The problem is, we can't see the threat small daily decisions pose in the moment. Small decisions about how you eat, move, and sleep count more than you think.

Each chapter includes three findings and concludes with three ideas for how you can apply these discoveries in your life. The author suggests that the readers use the resources in this book to start a 30-day challenge to learn new and healthier habits.

My Thoughts
I discovered this book at a time when I really needed to make improvements in my health and lifestyle habits. I have gained weight, I am not exercising as much as I once did and my sleep habits have been sporadic.

Here are some things that I learned in this book that will help me get back on a healthier track;
(1.) Exercise is not enough. Being active throughout the day is what keeps you healthy. Sitting more than six hours a day greatly increases your risk of an early death. Limit yourself to two hours of seated television a day.

(2.) When you want to do your best work, sleep longer. Missing sleep can change the trajectory of an entire week. Wake up at the same general time every day to keep your internal clock on track.

(3.) Ask yourself if the next food you put in your mouth is a net gain or a net loss. Sugar is the next nicotine. It fuels diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. Get most of your protein from vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, fish or white meats. Always eat the healthiest food first.

(4.) When it comes to beverages...stick with coffee, tea and water.

I am very glad that I had the opportunity to read this book. I think the one thing that impressed me the most was the importance of frequent MOVEMENT during the day.

I highly recommend this book. Small choices really can make a big difference!

My Rating: 5 Stars Out of 5

FYI ~ I received a digital preview copy of this book from NetGalley.

Do you need to make some changes in your health and lifestyle habits? Please share your thoughts in the Comments Section below.

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