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Drop Dead Healthy by A. J. Jacobs

Posted by Caitie F on November 16, 2012

Title: Drop Dead Healthy
Author: A. j. Jacobs
Hardcover: 402 pages
Pub Date: April 10, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

Hospitalized with a freak case of tropical pneumonia A.J. Jacobs felt compelled to change his ways and get healthy. And he didn’t want only to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far greater: maximal health from head to toe.

The task was epic. He consulted an army of experts— sleep consultants and sex clinicians, nutritionists and dermatologists. He subjected himself to dozens of different workouts—from Strollercize classes to Finger Fitness sessions, from bouldering with cavemen to a treadmill desk. And he took in a cartload of diets: raw foods, veganism, high protein, calorie restriction, extreme chewing, and dozens more. He bought gadgets and helmets, earphones and juicers. He poked and he pinched. He counted and he measured.

It will alter the contours of your brain, imprinting you with better habits of hygiene and diet. It will move you emotionally and get you moving physically in surprising ways. And it will give you occasion to reflect on the body’s many mysteries and the ultimate pursuit of health: a well-lived life


I have read all of Jacobs books and they are always entertaining. This was no different. Jacobs spent two years trying to be the most healthy human. He looked at everything from his ears to his stomach to his feet and everything in between. He went to some extremes that most of us won’t do, but there are a lot of great ideas and tips. And plenty for you to think about. I know my next trip to the grocery store will be very different!

I am walking differently and even brushing my teeth differently since reading the book. What he did was a little unattainable, but I am trying to get up more while at work so I am not sitting for eight hours a day (it is really bad for you to sit that long). I wish I worked somewhere where I could use a treadmill desk. it also makes you think of great ways to control portions or keep yourself for eating things you know are addicting.

Mostly it just makes you think about how amazing the human body is and how you can take care of it as best you can. It looks at some of the more extreme practices in a balanced way. He is willing to try anything.

It is another great book from Jacobs and I highly recommend it.


3 Responses to “Drop Dead Healthy by A. J. Jacobs”

  1. Amanda said

    Sitting down all that time really makes a huge difference! I’ve never read anything by Jacobs, but this one sounds like I might enjoy it!

  2. I bought this a while ago because I love a good stunt memoir. I’m glad to see it’s good.

  3. Linda said

    I’m looking forward to reading this one. I enjoyed his other books too.

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