Book Review "Get Yourself Back in Motion" .. and Giveaway!

I like to read.  I don't read much as I would like as I usually only get the chance when I get into bed at night and by the time I've read a page or so the book is falling on my face and I'm ready to pass out!

I read almost anything as long as it's going to keep me interested.  And yes, as you could guess I'm more than happy to read something to do with health and fitness!  So when I was approached to do a review of Jason T Smith's new book "Get Yourself Back in Motion" I was more than happy to flip the pages. 

"Get Yourself Back in Motion" is in his own words "A physiotherapist's secrets to pain relief and optimal health".  Jason believes that as "we've become a sedentary culture so we simply are not moving as much as as well today.  The increasing incidence of obesity, heart disease and diabetes are fatal testaments to this being true."
This book is more of a resource manual to enable readers to "self manage" injuries, illnesses and guide the reader to make better choices and decisions for improved health.

Jason T Smith speaks from experience being one of Australia's leading Physiotherapists.
Jason felt that there were a large number of clients, both elite athletes and amateurs, who make mistakes when dealing with their injuries by not taking on board the advice of professionals or not listening to their body in general leading to these injuries becoming chronic.

What I like about this book is that
* Each chapter covers a specific topic with a "call to action" and "Health Secrets" at the end that encourage you to question your current practices and give you ideas on how to make changes that will benefit your health.  They are a great reminder to listen to your own body and be a little more in tune with it.

Do you see my sticky notes ...
reminders for me!
* The book is written in easy to understand, plain language that allows the every day person to follow.  He makes you feel empowered to be able to put some of these suggestions into practice, even suggesting basic exercises that you can do at home.
* The author takes a no nonsense approach in advising us that we all need to make our health much more of a priority than we do or deal with the possible long term effects of our neglect.  He believes there is too much focus on quick fixes and not having to make an effort. I completely agree with him here!

What I didn't like about this book
* There wasn't really anything that I didn't like. 
* Oh, there is no quick fix! What!

Would I recommend Get Yourself Back in Motion?  Yes, I would recommend it more as a reference manual, which is what I will be using it for.  It isn't really necessary to read it from cover to cover unless, like me, you lap this stuff up!

To give you an idea of what Jason Smith talks about throughout his book, here is his top 6 tips for good physical health ...

1  Moving well is at the core of true positive health.  Move more intentionally, everyday.  Avoid a sedentary life.  Be physical.
2  It is not normal to be in pain or carry injuries.  Don't ignore pain, niggles, aches or stiffness.  Get your body properly assessed and overcome the pain for life.  Early intervention is key.
3.  Pay attention to your posture - static and dynamic.  Lifelong physical health depends on daily habits that encourage correct posture and core stability.
4  You truly are what you eat; your food is your medicine.  Limit processed foods and pay attention to volume and content.
5  Health is a lifetime investment.  True health comes with daily management.  Take care of your body every day through movement, lifestyle and nutrition.
6  Set personal health goals and make yourself accountable to a 'health coach' - it could be a professional ( eg physiotherapist ) or a trusted friend.

Simple really!

Here's the fun part!  If you would like to get your hands on your own copy of Get Yourself Back in Motion we will be giving away three copies.

To enter please leave a comment and tell me about your experiences with Physiotherapists and whether you have been successful or not in the past with "self diagnosis" ..
*If you are posting anonymously please leave me some details so that I can get in contact with you if you win

And the fine print ...
This competition is hosted by and the prize is one of three copies of the book "Get Yourself Back in Motion" .  The competition opens 14/02/2013 and closes 12am 21/02/2013. The winner will be drawn 22/02/13 at random with the help of and will be notified by email as soon as possible after the draw. The prize will be posted to the winner within 21 days. The competition is open to entrants with an Australian address only. I was provided with a copy of the book for the purposes of the review. Should the winner not contact me within 48 hours the prize will be forfeited and re-drawn.


Me said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This sounds like just the book I need !!!! I have recently started to see a new physio and she has made some changes to my running style which I am still working through. I think in the long term it will help but in the meantime my calves are killing me.
Because I am also a remedial massage therapist, I do tend to self diagnose - not always successfully because it is very difficult to treat myself !!!!!
Have the best weekend and take care !

Becoming Nikki said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This sounds great. I am having my first experience with a Physiotherapist. He is great and talks commonsense. It has taken me 6 months of pain before I finally went. And now a few weeks in I am definatly feeling the benefits of going to a professional.

Sara said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Well, I'm not eligible to win (because I'm a kiwi) but this is a great prize and I'll tweet the post around for you.
I had years of physio for my OOS, and then my back (two disc herniations), with some success. The best things I ever did though were to embrace and anti-inflammatory diet, fix my workstation and take up yoga.

Kek said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Having spent the past three years or so regularly seeing a physio for various issues, I would love to see if a different perspective would help me move out of the damn rehab phase. I'm so over it...

By the way, you should consider linking up your giveaway with the Great Aussie Giveaway. You'll get a lot more views, some extra competition entries and potentially some new readers:

It's worked well for me in the past. Also, I usually end up entering some of the other giveaways featured, and my success rate has been about 30%. :D

Vicki said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@MeWe are all a bit guilty of the misdiagnosed self diagnosis aren't we!!

Vicki said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Becoming Nikki So glad to hear you are off to the physio! Hope you are on the mend x

Vicki said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@SaraI won't hold the kiwi thing against you ;) thanks for the tweet around though. I am starting to agree more with you about changing some habits to help with inflammation in the body too .. I'm working on it!

Vicki said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@KekThanks for the heads up Kek .. I've linked up1 Will see how it goes x

Wendy Daniels said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have been going to physio for a while on my knee as I fractured it and I fight the physiotherapist to do exercise because it hurts but I still do it. I have been self helping by not eating sugary foods because I have found it cause my joints pain. I have also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia which makes my pain worse.

Lee Marsden said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I see a physio from time to time, I do find if I 'do as I'm told' that I am much better....but its the usual excuse, no time and forgetting till I'm lying in bed at 2am! This book is what I need to inspire me!

Vicki said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Wendy DanielsWendy, sounds like you are doing the right thing by listening to your body. Take the exercise easy though .. I have found gentle, low intensity rather than vigourous for fibromyalgia can help .. Vic x

Vicki said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Lee Marsden Lee, I'm a bit like you! Always putting off those exercises until you forget!

jody jamieson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

ive been seeing a physio for a few years now and get in home service as well i have scoliosis of the spine and i broke my shoulder blades when i was younger its a good thing its helped me to keep the use of my legs which two years ago i could not walk to the front door without my walker i would take a couple of steps and have to sit in the seat then try again with the treatment and exercises he gave me and showed me i now walk with a walking cane and can lift my arms above my head i would not be who iam today without them i owe them so much but the biggest thank you my heart could ever give to a person my saviour is physiotherapy

Ruby Girl said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am in need of getting fit and healthy and I am starting to eat better and have been looking at different ways to exercise to get moving again, this book would be a great read to inform me of what not to do and what is good for me and hopefully be able to get moving without injury.

Ruby Girl said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Lost my comment while signing in. It was about the fact that I am in desperate need of getting myself healthy, I have started eating better to lose some weight, and I am only walking at the moment as I don't want to injure myself, this book is probably a good start to inform me of how not to injure myself and if I do then how to have the injury fixed properly.