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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 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By O'Mara, Shane

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When we think of what makes us human, one adaptation that is regularly overlooked is our ability to walk, and to walk upright.

ISBN 9781847925909
Barcode 9781847925909
Published 1 August 2019 by Vintage
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781847925909
ISBN-10 1847925901
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher Vintage
Imprint The Bodley Head Ltd
Publication Date 1 August 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By O'Mara, Shane
Category Popular Science
Neurosciences (Non-Medical)
Popular Medicine
Walking, Hiking, Trekking
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 227g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
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
Dewey Code 612.044
Catalogue Code 985989

Description of this Book

When we think of what makes us human, one adaptation that is regularly overlooked is our ability to walk, and to walk upright. It's this skill that enabled us to walk out of Africa and to spread all over the world - to the far distant glaciers of Alaska, and all the way to the sun-baked deserts of Australia. Walking upright gives us all sorts of advantages. It frees our hands and it also frees our minds. Neuroscientist Shane O'Mara celebrates the full sweep of human walking, from its origins deep in time, through to how the brain and nervous system performs the mechanical magic of walking, to understanding how it can set our thoughts free, all the way to its most social aspects, when we walk together to achieve something - whether it's a four-ball in golf, a country ramble, or a march to try and change society. Walking confers a great many benefits for the body and mind; walking helps protect and repair organs that have been subject to stresses and strains; it is good for the gut, helping the passage of food through the intestines. Regular walking also acts as a brake on the aging of our brains, and can, in an important sense, reverse the aging of our brains. Walking is also associated with improved creativity, improved mood, and the general sharpening of our thinking. We need to start walking again. We, and our societies, will be the better for it.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Full of insights... an accessible and thought-provoking discussion of walking as a key to human success
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Shane O'Mara is Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin. He is Principal Investigator in, and was Director of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, one of Europe's leading research centres for neuroscience. He is also a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator and a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator. He is the author of two previous books, Why Torture Doesn't Work- The Neuroscience of Interrogation and A Brain for Business - A Brain for Life. He has also written many scientific papers, as well as for the newspapers and magazines. He loves to walk wherever and whenever he can, with long urban walks in any walkable city a particular favourite. @smomara1 www.shaneomara.com

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