“A surprisingly fascinating scientific consideration of humanity’s most ordinary activity.” —Ron Charles, Washington Post
In this “wonderful” (John Brandon, Forbes) 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. O’Mara traces walking’s evolutionary origins to life forms on the ocean floor, reveals new findings from cutting-edge research, and reminds us to get out of our chairs and discover a happier, healthier, more creative self.
About the Author
Shane O'Mara is professor of experimental brain research at Trinity College Dublin. He is also the author of Why Torture Doesn’t Work and A Brain for Business—A Brain for Life. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Informative and persuasive enough to rouse the most ardent couch potato.
— Jonathon Keats - New Scientist
Honest in its scope, timely in its urgency, and convincing in its presentation.… O’Mara takes what seems like a prosaic subject and reveals how fascinating and vital it truly is.
— Michael Berry - Sierra
Delightful and salient.… [O’Mara] manages to engagingly weave history, philosophy, and poetry into the scientific literature.
— M.R. O’Connor - Undark
As O’Mara makes clear, every amble is transformative. It grows brain cells, fires our muscles, unleashes our creative spirit and lifts our moods. This book could—and should—change your life.
— Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix
A reader-friendly digest of scientific studies.… [In Praise of Walking] delivers a great deal of salutary, practicable common sense.
— Sam Sacks - Wall Street Journal
In Praise of Walking [is] a backstage tour of what happens in our brains while we perambulate. Walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier.… [O’Mara] knows this not only through personal experience, but from cold, hard data.
— Amy Fleming - Guardian
A fascinating new book that examines the multitudinous benefits of this form of locomotion.
— Lydia Slater - Harper’s Bazaar
Convincing and compelling.… In Praise of Walking is peppered with insights about everything from 19th-century poets and flâneurs to modern-day experiments with subjects playing video games in fMRI scanners.
— Helen Davies - Sunday Times
Compelling and wise, In Praise of Walking points the way to the human adventure.
— Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods
Full of insights.… An accessible and thought-provoking discussion of walking as a key to human success.
— Gina Rippon, author of The Gendered Brain