Exercised
Daniel Lieberman

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Narrated By: Sean Runnette

Duration: 13 hours and 13 minutes

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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 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.

'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

© Daniel Lieberman 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Genre

Anthropology, Human biology, Popular science, Social and cultural history, Exercise and workouts

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Part user manual for the human body and part detective story exploring our evolution, Exercised will change the way you think about exercise, diet and your own wellbeing

author of Your Inner Fish

Eye-opening, mind-expanding and potentially body-shaping

Men's Health

Myth-busting, illuminating, brilliant - Lieberman will completely change the way you think about your body

presenter of Our Incredible Human Journey

Excellent - well written, amusing and touching on the lives of all who read it

FRS

A fascinating read, and one that could nudge you toward a healthier (and longer) life

editor of Runner's World

Endlessly fascinating and full of surprises. Lieberman strikes a perfect balance of scholarship, wit and enthusiasm for his subject. This is easily one of my books of the year

bestselling author of The Body

Entertaining and informative... The book is full of helpful tips - you'll build muscle faster by extending muscles under load rather than contracting them; the kind of chair you sit on doesn't matter as long as you strengthen your back muscles and move regularly - conveyed in a humorous and sympathetic style

Guardian

A surprising, erudite and revelatory look at the natural history of physical activity and why exercise is both so necessary for us and so unnatural. A must-read for anyone with a working body and mind