Exercised

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In industrialized nations, our sedentary lifestyles have led to skyrocketing rates of obesity and diseases like diabetes. The answer, 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. Drawing on over a decade of high-level research, Lieberman shows that, in fact, we never evolved to exercise. We are hardwired for moderate physical exertion throughout each day. Offering fascinating and illuminating insights from evolutionary biology and anthropology, he explains why and how exercise can promote health, debunks persistent myths about sitting, speed, strength, and endurance, and points the way towards how we can be more physically active in the modern world.

ISBN: 9780141986364 Author: Lieberman, Daniel E. Publisher: Penguin Books Publication Date: 3rd June 2021 Imprint: Penguin Books Cover: Paperback Dewey: 613.71 (edition:23) Pages: 501 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

‘Endlessly fascinating and full of surprises. Easily one of my books of the year’ BILL BRYSON

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 industrialized 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.

‘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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