Episode 53 – In Praise of Walking with Shane O’Mara

The topic of this week’s episode is walking, and my guest is Shane O’Mara, author of In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration. Shane is a professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin and he’s an expert on the physical, psychological and social benefits of walking. We talk about why walking is the trait that makes us “uniquely human” and what that means for us personally. And given that walking is the fundamental way we experience the world, Shane guides us on how to get more walking in our day and more benefit from each walk. 

What You’ll Learn

  • How walking is the fundamental way we experience the world
  • Why walking is the most unique human trait that separates us from all the other animals
  • The many physical, psychological and social benefits of walking
  • How every benefit of walking benefits every other aspect of our lives
  • Why the greatest philosophers and writers throughout history have praised walking
  • Why walkability of your city and neighborhood is so important to your well-being
  • Why you should use a walking app on your phone
  • Why you should aim for 5,000 more steps per day than you’re currently doing now
  • Why we “think better’ when we walk
  • Why conversations are so much richer and more enjoyable when walking
  • How to get more walking in our day

Books & Resources

In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration by Shane O’Mara

Shaneomara.com

Connect with Shane O’Mara

Twitter: @ShaneOMara3

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