In his myth-busting book “Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding,” Daniel Lieberman, Ph.D., professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a pioneering researcher on the evolution of human physical activity, tells the story of how we never evolved to exercise—to do voluntary physical activity for the sake of health. Using his own research and experiences throughout the world, Prof. Lieberman recounts (without jargon) how and why humans evolved to walk, run, dig, and do other necessary and rewarding physical activities while avoiding needless exertion.
“Exercised” is entertaining and enlightening but also constructive. As our increasingly sedentary lifestyles have contributed to skyrocketing rates of obesity and diseases such as diabetes, Prof. Lieberman audaciously argues that to become more active we need to do more than medicalize and commodify exercise. Drawing on insights from evolutionary biology and anthropology, he suggests how we can make exercise more enjoyable, rather than shaming and blaming people for avoiding it. He also tackles the question of whether you can exercise too much, even as he explains why exercise can reduce our vulnerability to the diseases mostly likely to make us sick and kill us.
Prof. Lieberman will be in conversation with Gretchen Reynolds, “Phys Ed” columnist for The New York Times.
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.
AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Exercised from FAN’s partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Prof. Lieberman that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/exercised-why-something-we-never-evolved-do-healthy-and-rewarding-fan-event-daniel-lieberman