9781524746988

Exercised Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding

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    9781524746988

  • ISBN10:

    1524746983

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2021-01-05
  • Publisher: Pantheon

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Summary

If exercise is healthy (so good for you!), why do many people dislike or avoid it? These engaging stories and ex­planations will revolutionize the way you think about exercising—not to mention sitting, sleep­ing, sprinting, weight lifting, playing, fighting, walking, jogging, and even dancing.

“Strikes a perfect balance of scholarship, wit, and enthusiasm.” —Bill Bryson, New York Times best-selling author of The Body 

 
·      If we are born to walk and run, why do most of us take it easy whenever possible?
·      Does running ruin your knees?
·      Should we do weights, cardio, or high-intensity training?
·      Is sitting really the new smoking?
·      Can you lose weight by walking?
·      And how do we make sense of the conflicting, anxiety-inducing information about rest, physical activity, and exercise with which we are bombarded?
 
In this myth-busting book, Daniel Lieberman, professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a pioneering researcher on the evolution of human physical activity, tells the story of how we never evolved to exercise—to do voluntary physical activity for the sake of health. Using his own research and experiences throughout the world, Lieberman recounts without jargon how and why humans evolved to walk, run, dig, and do other necessary and rewarding physical activities while avoiding needless exertion.
 
Exercised is entertaining and enlightening but also constructive. As our increasingly sedentary lifestyles have contributed to skyrocketing rates of obesity and diseases such as diabetes, Lieberman audaciously argues that to become more active we need to do more than medicalize and commodify exercise.
 
Drawing on insights from evolutionary biology and anthropology, Lieberman suggests how we can make exercise more enjoyable, rather than shaming and blaming people for avoiding it. He also tackles the ques­tion of whether you can exercise too much, even as he explains why exercise can reduce our vul­nerability to the diseases mostly likely to make us sick and kill us.

Author Biography

DANIEL E. LIEBERMAN is Edwin M. Lerner Professor of Biological Sciences and professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University. He is the author of the national best seller The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Prologue
 
1. Are We Born to Rest or Run?
 
PART I: INACTIVITY
2. Inactivity: The Importance of Being Lazy
3. Sitting: Is It the New Smoking?
4. Sleep: Why Stress Thwarts Rest
 
PART II: SPEED, STRENGTH, AND POWER
5. Speed: Neither Tortoise nor Hare
6. Strength: From Brawny to Scrawny
7. Fighting and Sports: From Fangs to Football
 
PART III: ENDURANCE
8. Walking: All in a Day’s Walk
9. Running and Dancing: Jumping from One Leg to the Other
10. Endurance and Aging: The Active Grandparent and Costly Repair Hypotheses
 
PART IV: EXERCISE IN THE MODERN WORLD
11. To Move or Not to Move: How to Make Exercise Happen
12. How Much and What Type?
13. Exercise and Disease
Epilogue
 
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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