Men's Health Australia

In An Idle World


A paleoanthropologist at Harvard, Lieberman’s book Exercised: The Science of Physical Activity, Rest and Health challenges common beliefs.

If exercise is integral to our health and longevity, why do many of us find it so uncomfortable? If this thought has ever crossed your mind, Daniel Lieberman’s Exercised is the eye-opening, mind-expanding and potentially body-reshaping book for you. Lieberman is a professor at Harvard and a keen marathoner – sometimes barefoot. His life’s work in evolutionary biology makes him your ideal companion for a journey through the history of exercise, rest and health. And he can explain why a desk job might not be as bad for you as you think.

A theme of your book is that there’s too much conflicting information about what constitutes “good” exercise. Why are we so confused?

That’s a good question. First, we tend to oversimplify things. People like

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