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A hymn to walking, the mechanical magic at the core of our humanity.

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.

As our lives become increasingly sedentary, O'Mara makes the case that we must start walking again-whether it's up a mountain, down to the park, or simply to school and work. 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.

©2019 Shane O'Mara (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • 16-05-20

Inspiring!

Don't know which I enjoyed more, the text or the narrator. Both inspired me to get up, go out, and start walking.

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  • Laura B.
  • 23-11-20

Get moving and walk!

I always knew walking was good for the body, mind and soul, but now you have scientific proof as to just how important it is to get moving and walk! Some of the scientific data was a bit over my head and so for that reason I gave it a 4 and not a 5, but it's fascinating to hear the history of walking for all species.

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  • Aramat J
  • 05-08-20

Very educational and interesting

If you love research, spatial and architectural, or even desire to learn how walking benefits you on a mental and cognitive level, this is a great book. Don’t expect any details about carb counting or healthy BMI reports, it is a book on mastering walking and understanding it from a scientific presentation. You may feel smarter about the very act of walking and how it makes you into a rounded human. Literally you may do a research paper on it if you feel the need.

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  • Gorilichis
  • 03-08-20

Fun to listen to, during a walk

Interesting. As a fan of walking myself, I enjoyed this short audiobook. Fun to listen to, during a walk.

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  • keep it simple
  • 20-07-20

Excellent scientific read on walking

He confirmed much of what I believed already. But it was nice to read scientific evidence of it.

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  • Vikings2473
  • 31-05-20

If you forgive the narrator, great book, if you’re looking for exactly a book about walking!

If you’re like me, and you didn’t expect anything else than a book exactly about walking, this book is interesting and can even inspire. Luckily, I’m an audible junkie and I’m familiar with tons of narration styles, so I was mostly able to forgive this narration. This narrator has a clear, attractive voice, isn’t too slow, but his peppy cadence is emotionally monotone. This book is a little too esoteric in some parts to be void of varying tones virtually throughout.