In Praise of Walking: The new science of how we walk and

In Praise of Walking: The new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us Walking upright on two feet is a uniquely human skill It defines us as a speciesIt 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 systemWalking 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 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 speciesAs 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


10 thoughts on “In Praise of Walking: The new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us

  1. says:

    This was a tricky book to rate Firstly, I wanted to note that I listened to the Audible version of this, so parts of my review will mention the narrator as well.I was quite looking forward to this book, having recently discovered the joys of going for long walks in order to try and improve my physical and mental health The book turned out to be


  2. says:

    Two stars for the sheer amount of research and information that went into this book However, for a book labelled as popular science, it really is hard work For readers with no background in science, I think this book may not be very accessible This defeats the purpose of the popular science genre The writer s style is very rambling and overly wor


  3. says:

    Found this really tedious and perhaps it was just the style of the author but the data presentation seemed quite tenuous at times.


  4. says:

    This isof a science book than an entertaining read about the pleasures of walking What the book does reveal is that walking is really good for our bodies, minds even our soul no matter how old or young we happen to be Walking it reveals is one of the most important human traits which separates us from so many other creatures in quite profound ways


  5. says:

    I always knew I liked to walk Now I know why


  6. says:

    I didn t read Notes It s a good book..makes me want to walk evenand alsoinformed on what walking does to my body mood Some parts are abit repetitive I noted that there is a lot of survey, analysis being explored around the world on the benefit of walking and what it does, how it effect I Guess that is part of the gist of the book though I get bored w


  7. says:

    It did get a bit too into depth about how walking works and how it differentiates us from other species, etc interesting but not what I was after when I bought it Audible narrator had a nice voice but the textbook delivery didn t motivate me to ditch the bus I take to the station Most memorable bit was how there s passivity in using transport Keats pa


  8. says:

    This book irritated me to no end after the first chapter which ended with a remark upon how the obesity rate in different countries was best predicted by the difference in the number of steps taken per day by women and men We know that in many countries women are confined to the house And this makes men fatter too Poetic justice, and worth devoting a w


  9. says:

    I was somewhat disappointed It could have been better edited with areas of repetitive text and mixed thoughts brought together The science is not new and not particularly interesting I think Why is it useful to know in which part of the brain a certain action is controlled He obviously has a much better sense of direction than I do.


  10. says:

    I ve read so much fantastically written nonfiction recently, so my expectations going into this book were high Unfortunately, I wasn t wowed The content in O Mara s book is good A bit science heavy, but that s indicated in the subtitle.My main concern with this text is that I felt it was geared to middle to upper class westerners especially people who ar


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