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In Praise of Walking: The new science of how we walk and why it's good for us

In Praise of Walking: The new science of how we walk and why it's good for us (Paperback)

By O'Mara, Shane

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    23 Sep 20

'INFORMATIVE AND PERSUASIVE ENOUGH TO ROUSE THE MOST ARDENT COUCH POTATO' (NEW SCIENTIST) IRISH TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER 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 Austr...alia. 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. SUNDAY INDEPENDENT BOOK OF THE WEEK AGreatRead and ArgosyBooks BOOK OF THE MONTH
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ISBN 9781784707576
Released NZ 23 Sep 2020
Publisher Vintage
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781784707576
Stock Release date is 23 September 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Released 23 Sep 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By O'Mara, Shane
Category Popular Science
Neurosciences (Non-Medical)
Popular Medicine
Walking, Hiking, Trekking
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 14mm
Dewey Code 612.044
Weight 159g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Walking - Popular works - Physiological aspects, Walking - Popular works - Psychological aspects, Mind and body - Popular works
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade