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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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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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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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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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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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Thoroughly Enjoyed This Book

Loved the narration of this book and the thought provoking content. Intriguing look at the neuro-anatomy of walking from evolution to the brain/foot connection. Really an enjoyable listen from beginning to end. Will be looking into more books by O’Mara.

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Not what I expected

Sadly, this book was not what I expected. I thought that it was going to discuss human walking and why and how it is healthful (and benefits the human body), and perhaps go into walking styles and offer ways to fit walking into busy human lifestyles.
Bur alas, it did not.
The reader must get nearly halfway through the book to get to the discussion about humans. I found its contents to be tedious in that almost the first half of the book discusses movement in a variety of animals, and how humans getting around differs from how humans get around.

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narrator's voice was acceptable, there were chapters better than others, the big takeaways were historical perspective and the present day needs to get up and enjoy a simple excercise, just do it!

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Interesting & Informative

This book, In Praise of Walking by Shane O'Mara, was not what I expected. It was more technical and scientific than entertaining, but I learned a lot about the good walking does for our bodies and minds.
Some of the experiments done in all areas was particularly eye-opening. One had a person walk 1,000 kilometers as a wandering tribal man to see all the bodily benefits it manifested. Another was having people lie immobile between two waterbed mats to see how detrimental to health and muscles this would change in three days. Wow! Another compared navigational shills when walking and human "GPS" between sighted, recently blind and blind from birth people.
Anyway, this might not be your cup of tea, but if you like to occasionally read to learn stuff, you might enjoy this book.

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Learn & Affirm- Walking is so worth it

Loved this book. Listening to the book stirs up all the wonderful mood lifter sentiments that made me want to walk. Then too, walking while listening to the book is amazing. this book is a keeper and is great for gift giving too!

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Excellent scientific read on walking

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