Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding (A FAN Event with Daniel Lieberman, Ph.D.)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Daniel Lieberman, Ph.D., author of the 2021 book, Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding. Prof. Lieberman will be interviewed by Gretchen Reynolds, “Phys Ed” columnist for The New York Times. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Exercised from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Prof. Lieberman that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: 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.

About the Author: Daniel Lieberman, Ph.D. is the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. He received degrees from Harvard and Cambridge University, and taught at Rutgers University and George Washington University before joining the Harvard Faculty in 2001. He studies and teaches how and why the human body is the way it is, and how our evolutionary history affects health and disease. He is best known for his research on the evolution of the head and on the evolution of running and walking, which he studies by combining experimental biomechanics, anatomy, and physiology both in the lab and in the field, mostly Africa but also Mexico. He loves teaching and has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and 3 books, including Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding.

About the Interviewer: Gretchen Reynolds is the "Phys Ed" columnist for The New York Times and author of the New York Times bestseller The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer. Ms. Reynolds writes for a variety of other publications, including The New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Men's Journal, Outside, Parade, Popular Science and others.


Event date: 

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding By Daniel Lieberman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525434788
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - December 7th, 2021

If exercise is healthy (so good for you!), why do many people dislike or avoid it? These engaging stories and explanations will revolutionize the way you think about exercising—not to mention sitting, sleeping, sprinting, weight lifting, playing, fighting, walking, jogging, and even dancing.