University of Texas at Arlington
N3335 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan
July 30, 2012
Get Moving: Review of “Move Yourself”
Part I: Book
“Move Yourself” is a book written by Tedd Mitchell, Tim Church, and Martin Zucker in 2008 about the benefits of exercise. The book also outlines steps that can be taken to slowly improve exercise behaviors for those of any activity level, based on the exercise research performed by the authors. This book was chosen for review after reading a brief description of it. I figured I would gain more personally. After reading others opinion of the book, including those of celebrities, on how this book changed their exercise habits I was sold. The book turned out to be interesting, helpful, and packed full of tools that I plan to implement into a daily routine. During this read I learned just how simple changes can make a big difference. I loved that they incorporated scenarios to better explain some of the concepts. Part II: Two Topics of Interest
Step counting and logging was one topic that interested me. In Plan A, Mitchell et al. (2008) recommend that you purchase a step counter, which “monitors your physical activity by counting the number of steps you take” (p.98-102). Years ago I bought a pedometer but felt that it wouldn’t really provide me with any necessary benefits so I stopped using it. After reading this section of the book I began to use my pedometer again while at work. I found that I actually don’t walk as much as it appears while at work. This was a good eye opener for me. It also gave me incentive to start taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking the halls when I find myself getting sleepy, or parking my car further out at work (Mitchell et al., 2008, p.107). Logging my activities at the beginning was tedious at first. After encouraging myself to stick with it for at least a week, it became just a part of my...