36. Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World by Kelly Starrett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the one. I've been following Kelly's work for a few years now piecing together mobilizations from his site MobilityWOD.com and previous books Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance and Ready to Run: Unlocking Your Potential to Run Naturally, but Deskbound is the one aimed at my non-athlete self.
Even if you are an athlete, you should read this, particularly if you still spend a lot of your day sitting. Everybody who spends a lot of time sitting (which is most of us in the US) should read this to get on board with not just standing more, but moving more.
The book contains strategies and recommendations for developing good body mechanics (spinal stabilization) and how to transition to a standing desk. Their are also "prescriptions" in the back which are mobilizations (getting your joints into proper positions, making body tissues more pliable, a bit more than just stretching) to work out kinks and pains throughout your body and to keep it supple.
If you want to prevent injury and resolve pain, this is where you should look. If you've read Kelly's other books, there is overlap. I particularly like the photos and explanations in Deskbound which illustrate the mobilizations very clearly.
Highly recommended! I want a copy of this one.
11 years ago on TTaT: Chateau Trente-neuf and What's on now (I'm fond of both of these. :)