Review: Eat Move Sleep

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If you want to improve your health, exercise more, and eat better, but you’re not sure where to start, then Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath is the book for you. If you think that you are doomed to a short, unhealthy life because “everyone” in your family has metabolic diseases, then you really need to read this book.

No one has lost the genetic lottery in a bigger way than Tom Rath! At the age of 16 he learned that he was born with a rare genetic disorder — as in 1 in 4.4 million people — that meant his body did not have the usual ability to stop tumor growth. So, at any given time he knows that he has multiple tumors growing in his body. How has he not died from cancer yet? In addition to having regular scans and having tumors removed before they get too big, he also has a very healthy lifestyle and keeps abreast of all the latest research on cancer, diet, exercise, sleep, and other lifestyle choices.

Rath is a best-selling author of business books but he decided to devote his time to sharing his personal health research with the world after losing several friends to preventable diseases. In addition to the book, he also has a website where you can develop your own healthy lifestyle plan.

Although the book is available in various forms, I would recommend either the hardcover or the ebook. I purchased the audiobook, and at first it seemed really disorganized and disjointed. Then I did the “look inside the book” on Amazon and realized that the book is written in 30 “chapters,” so that you can read one per day and easily cover the whole book in one month. Each chapter has a couple of pages on food, then a couple on exercise, and a couple more on sleep. At the end of each chapter are challenges on which you can focus for that day.

Had I purchased Eat Move Sleep as a book to read, rather than an audiobook, I would have read one chapter per day, but with audiobooks, I just plow right through them as I’m going about my day, so I probably did not absorb as much information as I would have if I had actually read a chapter a day. However, it is a fairly short book, and I can see myself listening to it again.

Rath filled Eat Move Sleep with tons of research on the various lifestyle choices that we all make, as well as suggestions for incorporating that research into our own lives. If you have read other books on healthier lifestyles, this makes a great booster shot to remind you of all the little things that make a difference in your health. And if you are just dipping your toe in the water of healthier living, this is a great book to get you started on that lifestyle. The super short chapters make Eat Move Sleep a very easy book to read.

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