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Exercised

The Science of Physical Activity, Rest and Health
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
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The myth-busting science behind our modern attitudes to exercise: what our bodies really need, why it matters and its effects on health and wellbeing.

In industrialised nations, our sedentary lifestyles have contributed to skyrocketing rates of obesity and diseases like diabetes. A key remedy, we are told, is exercise - voluntary physical activity for the sake of health. However, most of us struggle to stay fit, and our attitudes to exercise are plagued by misconceptions, finger-pointing and anxiety.

But, as Daniel Lieberman shows in Exercised, the first book of its kind by a leading scientific expert, we never evolved to exercise. 

We are hardwired for moderate exertion throughout each day, not triathlons or treadmills. Drawing on over a decade of high-level scientific research and eye-opening insights from evolutionary biology and anthropology, Lieberman explains precisely how exercise can promote health; debunks persistent myths about sitting, speed, strength and endurance; and points the way towards more enjoyable and physically active living in the modern world.

©2020 Daniel Lieberman (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Endlessly fascinating and full of surprises. Easily one of my books of the year." (Bill Bryson)

"Myth-busting, illuminating, brilliant - Lieberman will completely change the way you think about your body." (Professor Alice Roberts, presenter of Our Incredible Human Journey

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I loved this book. 5 stars across the board and the narration is sublime.

Great great audiobook. So interesting and although I felt I knew most of what was said already it was lovely to hear it from different perspectives and through stories from history. I will be reviewing on YouTube this weekend where I will go into more detail as to why it’s so good!

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Simple statements of scientific facts told in a interesting and everyday language. The conclusions reached will change how you live.

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Thoroughly Interesting!

Fantastic audiobook found it thoroughly interesting from start to finish. The sort of audiobook where I start finding chores to do around the house just so I have an excuse to listen to it! Well narrated, perfect tone for the content.

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brilliant from start to finish highly recommend this book and author. will look out his other published material