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In Praise of Walking: The new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us (Paperback)Shane O'mara (author)
There are many fine books detailing the joys of walking but neuroscientist Shane O’Mara takes a somewhat different approach to the business of putting one foot in front of the other. Delving deep into our psyches and back in time, In Praise of Walking reveals the evolutionary reasons behind humankind’s talent for perambulation.
Walking upright on two feet is a uniquely human skill. It defines us as a species. It enabled us to walk out of Africa and to spread as far as Alaska and Australia. It freed our hands and freed our minds. We put one foot in front of the other without thinking - yet how many of us know how we do that, or appreciate the advantages it gives us?
In this hymn to walking, neuroscientist Shane O'Mara invites us to marvel at the benefits it confers on our bodies and minds. In Praise of Walking celebrates this miraculous ability. Incredibly, it is a skill that has its evolutionary origins millions of years ago, under the sea. And the latest research is only now revealing how the brain and nervous system performs the mechanical magic of balancing, navigating a crowded city, or running our inner GPS system.
Walking is good for our muscles and posture; it helps to protect and repair organs, and can slow or turn back the ageing of our brains. With our minds in motion we think more creatively, our mood improves and stress levels fall. Walking together to achieve a shared purpose is also a social glue that has contributed to our survival as a species. As our lives become increasingly sedentary, we risk all this. We must start walking again, whether it's up a mountain, down to the park, or simply to school and work. We, and our societies, will be better for it.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 159 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm
'Fascinating ... O'Mara argues [walking] is intimately connected to our bodies, our brains, and ultimately how we exist as a species' - The Times
'In Praise of Walking is both informative and persuasive enough to rouse the most ardent couch potato - perhaps saving humanity before our lifestyle consumes our brains completely' - Jonathon Keats, New Scientist
'Convincing and compelling ... In Praise of Walking is peppered with insights about everything from 19th-century poets and flaneurs to modern-day experiments with subjects playing video games in fMRI scanners' - Sunday Times
'Walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier ... [O'Mara] knows this not only through personal experience, but from cold, hard data' - Observer
'Full of insights... an accessible and thought-provoking discussion of walking as a key to human success' - Gina Rippon, author of The Gendered Brain
'A book that will leave you itching to go out for a good old-fashioned stroll' - Mail on Sunday
'A fascinating new book that examines the multitudinous benefits of this form of locomotion' - Harper's Bazaar
'Like a poem to walking... [and] the science that might help convince planners to prioritise walking as a means of getting around' - Lucy Whetman, UK Press Syndication
Forget apples. A walk a day really will keep the doctor away' - Evening Standard
'[In Praise of Walking] it provides an antidote to the many miseries that can accumulate because of our modern, sedentary lifestyle' - Simple Things
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