In Praise of Walking A New Scientific Exploration Epub


In Praise of Walking A New Scientific Exploration Walking upright on two feet is a uniuely 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 Sorry I was hoping to really like this book but I just didn’t find it all that interesting Boring is actually the word I would use and I feel like I normally have a pretty high tolerance for that The last two chapters titled Creative Walking and Social Walking were the best part part of the book in my humble opinion 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 wellI was uite 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 a bit drier than I thought it would be although it covers a range of really interesting subjects from Neurology to social engagement to evolutionary biology and For parts of the first hour of the audiobook I had to keep reminding myself that the narrator was an actual person as he did sometimes sound like one of those text to voice creations He improved as the book went on but while his voice is pleasant enough his style didn't manage to keep me fully engaged all the timeI would have liked a little about walking and little less about some of the other subjects but I can see why these were included to give us a whole overview of what happens to us and others when we walk However to completely contradict what I just said I felt he could have done a deeper dive into these connected subjects and I probably would have enjoyed that because they are fascinating in themselves So maybe a book including either information on walking or a load science would have been cool but this book sat between those two things and therefore didn't really scratch the itch that this book created for meI'd have given this 35 if I could because its still fairly good and should appeal to a broad range of people 35 stars 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 wordy I had to force myself to finish The moral of the book is walk I really hoped to be able to recommend this book to friends and family but I'm sorry I just can't

  • ebook
  • In Praise of Walking A New Scientific Exploration
  • Shane OMara
  • 10 April 2016
  • 9781473549913

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