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In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration (Hardcover)

| W W Norton & Co Inc | 5/12/2020

ISBN-10 : 0393652084   ISBN-13 : 9780393652086   List Price : $25.95

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Overview

In this captivating book, neuroscientist Shane O?Mara invites us to marvel at the benefits walking confers on our bodies and brains, and to appreciate the advantages of this uniquely human skill. From walking?s evolutionary origins, traced back millions of years to life forms on the ocean floor, to new findings from cutting-edge research, he reveals how the brain and nervous system give us the ability to balance, weave through a crowded city, and run 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 aging 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.In Praise of Walking

"Walking upright on two feet is a uniquely human skill. It enabled us to walk out of Africa and to spread as far as Alaska and Australia. Every day, we put one foot in front of the other-yet how many of us know how we do that, or appreciate the advantages it gives us? In this book, neuroscientist Shane O'Mara invites us to marvel at the benefits walking confers on our bodies and brains. From walking's evolutionary origins, traced back millions of years to the ocean floor, to new findings from cutting-edge research, O'Mara reveals how the brain and nervous system give us the ability to balance, weave through a crowded city, and run our "inner GPS" system, and how walking, in turn, spurs our imaginations. In Praise of Walking illuminates the joys, health benefits, and mechanics of walking-and reminds us to get out of our chairs and discover a happier, healthier, more creative self"--

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 0393652084
  • ISBN-13: 9780393652086
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 224
  • Dimensions: 8.27 (w) x 5.51 (h) x 224.02 (d)
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