Perfect Motion: How walking makes us wiser
Since our first ancestor rose up to place one foot in front of another, our desire to walk has produced fundamental changes in our bodies and minds. The importance of walking became apparent to Jono Lineen after the tragic death of his brother. Grief-stricken and adrift, he set o... read full description below.
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Since our first ancestor rose up to place one foot in front of another, our desire to walk has produced fundamental changes in our bodies and minds. The importance of walking became apparent to Jono Lineen after the tragic death of his brother. Grief-stricken and adrift, he set off on a 2700-kilometre solo trek across the Himalayas. He walked for months, until his legs ached and feet blistered, and by the end of the expedition something had changed in him. He was stronger; not just physically, but psychologically and emotionally. In Perfect Motion, Lineen investigates that transformation, and why walking and running have made us more creative, helped us learn, constructed our perception of time, built resilience and offered a narrative that helps us make sense of our lives. By weaving together his own remarkable personal stories with evolutionary research, psychology, neuroscience, anatomy and philosophy, Lineen reveals for the first time the powerful effect of simply going for a stroll. Walking is what we're made to do; it is our perfect motion.
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Jono Lineen was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, at the start of the 'Troubles'. He moved to Canada as a young boy and then spent almost 20 years travelling the world working as a forester, mountain guide, ski racer, humanitarian relief worker and writer. He is a senior curator at the National Museum of Australia. His books include River Trilogy, Into the Heart of the Himalayas and Perfect Motion.