Just by getting on your feet, you can boost your metabolism, lower your blood pressure and increase your mental clarity. Sound too good to be true? I thought so too, until I read, Move a Little, Lose a Lot: New NEAT Science Reveals How to Be Thinner, Happier, and Smarter  (Crown, $23.95, Hardcover) by Dr. James Levine.

Levine argues that we are an obese nation not because we eat too much or don’t exercise enough but because everyday movements like standing, bending and walking around have been erased from our day. “We accept sitting in our offices or our cars all day as ‘the way it is,’ ” says Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Active Life Research Team. “But we never stop to realize that it’s not the way it’s always been, or, more important, the way it was meant to be. We don’t realize how stunningly recent this all-day sitting lifestyle is, or the disastrous consequences it has had in just one generation’s time.”

Research proves that daily NEAT (nonexercise activity thermogenesis) activity burns more calories than a half-hour running on the treadmill. In Levin’s book, you’ll learn how to use the calories you burn each day just going through the motions of life. Move a Little, Lose a Lot is available at local bookstores and online at randomhouse.com or amazon.com.