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Exercised by Daniel Lieberman

Exercised: The Science of Physical Activity, Rest and Health

Daniel Lieberman

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Category: Non-fiction, History
Imprint: Allen Lane
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 3 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9780241309278
4 stars out of 5
Steven Poole
29 Aug 2020

"An evolutionary biologist provides entertainment and helpful tips"

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. The notion of exercise, Lieberman keeps repeating, is modern, weird and unpleasant, so the best way to do more is to find something you actually enjoy, and perhaps build in some social motivation by doing it with other people. By the end of the book I was exhausted at the very thought, but there is always tomorrow.