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In Praise of Walking: The new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us I ve read so much fantastically written nonfiction recently, so my expectations going into this book were high Unfortunately, I wasn t wowed The content in O Mara s book is good A bit science heavy, but that s indicated in the subtitle.My main concern with this text is that I felt it was geared to middle to upper class westerners especially people who are employed That s not a criticism, but it s not clear prior to reading who this book is geared to For example, O Mara s conversation about I ve read so much fantastically written nonfiction recently, so my expectations going into this book were high Unfortunately, I wasn t wowed The content in O Mara s book is good A bit science heavy, but that s indicated in the subtitle.My main concern with this text is that I felt it was geared to middle to upper class westerners especially people who are employed That s not a criticism, but it s not clear prior to reading who this book is geared to For example, O Mara s conversation about cities and walking doesn t discuss people who are homeless in areas that were designed for walking and how that impacts the homeless and pedestrians In addition, how does class or employment change the ways in which people walk in a city What about technology In today s climate, O Mara doesn t touch on that, and if anyone has ever walked in Shanghai or really in any major city in China , you ll know that people are so engrossed in their phones that they don t even look where they re walking I feel like there were a few important topics that were entirely ignored.I also thought it was interesting how all of the quotes O Mara included about walking from a creative standpoint were from male writers, such as Wordsworth, Steinbeck, T.S Eliot and Twain and it made me wonder why O Mara didn t include quotes from women Did O Mara ask himself the same question If so, why not include female writers Further, I found it interesting when O Mara s notes about sleeping, dreaming and memory came into conversation 163 as some of the information he includes is asked and answered in The Nocturnal Brain Nightmares, Neuroscience and the Secret World of Sleep by Dr Guy Leschziner Part of me wondered how extensive O Mara s research was.Overall, I get the sense that this book is meant for people with free time, money, and access to a vehicle who can travel to a space where they can walk in wilderness nature I was hoping for a book that would provide compelling arguments and inspiration to move, to walk Unfortunately, I felt underwhelmed I DO think that this is worth reading, but I just had higher hopes I always knew I liked to walk Now I know why Walking Upright On Two Feet Is A Uniquely Human Skill It Defines Us As A SpeciesIt Enabled Us To Walk Out Of Africa And To Spread As Far As Alaska And Australia It Freed Our Hands And Freed Our Minds We Put One Foot In Front Of The Other Without Thinking Yet How Many Of Us Know How We Do That, Or Appreciate The Advantages It Gives Us In This Hymn To Walking, Neuroscientist Shane O Mara Invites Us To Marvel At The Benefits It Confers On Our Bodies And Minds In Praise Of Walking Celebrates This Miraculous Ability Incredibly, It Is A Skill That Has Its Evolutionary Origins Millions Of Years Ago, Under The Sea And The Latest Research Is Only Now Revealing How The Brain And Nervous System Performs The Mechanical Magic Of Balancing, Navigating A Crowded City, Or Running Our Inner GPS SystemWalking Is Good For Our Muscles And Posture It Helps To Protect And Repair Organs, And Can Slow Or Turn Back The Ageing Of Our Brains With Our Minds In Motion We Think 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 SpeciesAs Our Lives Become Increasingly Sedentary, We Risk All This We Must Start Walking Again, Whether It S Up A Mountain, Down To The Park, Or Simply To School And Work We, And Our Societies, Will Be Better For It This isof a science book than an entertaining read about the pleasures of walking What the book does reveal is that walking is really good for our bodies, minds even our soul no matter how old or young we happen to be Walking it reveals is one of the most important human traits which separates us from so many other creatures in quite profound ways If you are not walking enough of an analytical bent then this is the book for you It could lead you towards a healthier happier life This isof a science book than an entertaining read about the pleasures of walking What the book does reveal is that walking is really good for our bodies, minds even our soul no matter how old or young we happen to be Walking it reveals is one of the most important human traits which separates us from so many other creatures in quite profound ways If you are not walking enough of an analytical bent then this is the book for you It could lead you towards a healthier happier life It might also help you find out muchabout local area provide you with a good excuse to make new friends It did get a bit too into depth about how walking works and how it differentiates us from other species, etc interesting but not what I was after when I bought it Audible narrator had a nice voice but the textbook delivery didn t motivate me to ditch the bus I take to the station Most memorable bit was how there s passivity in using transport Keats paean to walking at night in the city It did get a bit too into depth about how walking works and how it differentiates us from other species, etc interesting but not what I was after when I bought it Audible narrator had a nice voice but the textbook delivery didn t motivate me to ditch the bus I take to the station Most memorable bit was how there s passivity in using transport Keats paean to walking at night in the city I didn t read Notes It s a good book..makes me want to walk evenand alsoinformed on what walking does to my body mood Some parts are abit repetitive I noted that there is a lot of survey, analysis being explored around the world on the benefit of walking and what it does, how it effect I Guess that is part of the gist of the book though I get bored when that portion is being described Of this book, I appreciate the reiteration to make our villages, towns,cities a safe environmen I didn t read Notes It s a good book..makes me want to walk evenand alsoinformed on what walking does to my body mood Some parts are abit repetitive I noted that there is a lot of survey, analysis being explored around the world on the benefit of walking and what it does, how it effect I Guess that is part of the gist of the book though I get bored when that portion is being described Of this book, I appreciate the reiteration to make our villages, towns,cities a safe environment to walk and also accessibility to walk I been to few places and it is so hard to cross the road I wonder why the city planner did not consider overhead bridge for pedestrian Are we not people who can walk from left to right Do we need to sit in a car to go from left to right So Yes, I agree that Psychologists , neuroscientists should be part of city planning..whatever can be beneficial to mankind health physical or mental This book irritated me to no end after the first chapter which ended with a remark upon how the obesity rate in different countries was best predicted by the difference in the number of steps taken per day by women and men We know that in many countries women are confined to the house And this makes men fatter too Poetic justice, and worth devoting a whole chapter to But it ended with that remark and that was also the end of the chapter And it went downhill from there No attention at all t This book irritated me to no end after the first chapter which ended with a remark upon how the obesity rate in different countries was best predicted by the difference in the number of steps taken per day by women and men We know that in many countries women are confined to the house And this makes men fatter too Poetic justice, and worth devoting a whole chapter to But it ended with that remark and that was also the end of the chapter And it went downhill from there No attention at all to the specific problems one half of the population has to deal with when wanting to enjoy a walk, from catcalling to assault So much attention in the book to safety , which to him means shielding walkways from motorized traffic, but nothing about safety for women, such as providing lighting under underpasses He praises city parks like Central Park in New York, but not a word about Need I go on This whole book is a nice illustration of how detrimental to science it is when that field is reserved to men only, as it has been for the longest time I was somewhat disappointed It could have been better edited with areas of repetitive text and mixed thoughts brought together The science is not new and not particularly interesting I think Why is it useful to know in which part of the brain a certain action is controlled He obviously has a much better sense of direction than I do. Two stars for the sheer amount of research and information that went into this book However, for a book labelled as popular science, it really is hard work For readers with no background in science, I think this book may not be very accessible This defeats the purpose of the popular science genre The writer s style is very rambling and overly wordy I had to force myself to finish The moral of the book is walkI really hoped to be able to recommend this book to friends and family but Two stars for the sheer amount of research and information that went into this book However, for a book labelled as popular science, it really is hard work For readers with no background in science, I think this book may not be very accessible This defeats the purpose of the popular science genre The writer s style is very rambling and overly wordy I had to force myself to finish The moral of the book is walkI really hoped to be able to recommend this book to friends and family but, I m sorry, I just can t Found this really tedious and perhaps it was just the style of the author but the data presentation seemed quite tenuous at times.

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