About the Book
"Scared Sitless" offers an antidote to "sitting disease," that surprising new affliction which results when we plop down on our derrieres for hours on end. It may not actually be "the new smoking," as so many headlines claim, but the consequences of our sedentary ways are definitely catching up with us. Fortunately, the remedy is straightforward: Develop better office fitness habits to sit less and move more.
This book sets out the science behind "sitting disease" and shows you how to fight it.
It also helps you cope with the muscle aches and pains and other discomfort that can result from a poor ergonomics set-up and sub-optimal posture. Ergonomics is all too often an annual ritual visit from someone in HR, or a one-time intervention when you get a new desk. Taking charge of your own ergonomics situation can help keep you comfortable and productive every day, not just in the few days after you get your new keyboard. Likewise, cultivating a little more postural awareness at work can keep you from curling up into that pillbug posture that so often comes with desk work.
Naturally, exercise and movement are an important component of office fitness. The book shows you how to add more routine movement to your work day and how to do "no-sweat workouts" right at your desk, as well as home and gym workouts tailored to your unique needs as an office worker.
Ideally, you want your new office fitness behaviors to become automatic, so there's a whole chapter that shows you how to turn them into habits. Like all of the book, the habit chapter draws on the latest research and best practices to give you an evidence-based action plan for staying fit and healthy at work.
The e-book version of "Scared Sitless" will be available in its "beta" edition here on Leanpub from August 18 through September 28, 2014. After that , beginning September 29, the e-book will be available exclusively at Amazon for 90 days in their Kindle Direct Publishing Select program. I'm not super-happy about removing the book from Leanpub.com during that period, but (for now anyway) there are more people buying books at Amazon than here, and the KDP Select program (which requires that you offer the electronic version of your book only on Amazon during the 90 days) offers me a number of benefits as a publisher and author. A print version of the book will be published in mid to late October, and the e-book version will return here after the KDP Select exclusivity period ends.
About the Author
Larry Swanson is a massage therapist and personal trainer in downtown Seattle, WA, where he has focused on helping computer-using, desk-bound office workers since 1999.
Prior to his massage career, Larry worked in both old-fashioned print publishing and then in online publishing for three early dot-com start-ups.
A reformed juggler and occasional percussionist, Larry now nurtures his show-biz side as a behind-the-scenes volunteer for events like the Moisture Festival, TEDxRainier, and Northwest Folklife.