Humans Weren't Made to Exercise - Dan Lieberman
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It turns out that humans weren’t made to exercise … But we should still do it. Harvard professor Dan Lieberman has dedicated much of his career to exploring how physical activity has evolved over time, distance and cultures. Lieberman discusses his fieldwork, discoveries and the importance of making physical activity rewarding with host Charles Mizrahi.

Topics Discussed:

  • An Introduction to Dan Lieberman (00:00:00)
  • Field Work in Africa & Mexico (00:02:17)
  • Calories Across Generations (00:07:12)
  • Avoiding the Blame Game (00:09:00)
  • Physical Activity: Optional or Necessity? (00:12:36)
  • Exercise & the Class Divide (00:19:52)
  • Myth-Busting (00:21:54)
  • Making the Necessary Rewarding (00:35:48)
  • Youth Exercise Programs (00:44:12)
  • Improving Exercise for the Rest of Us (00:47:29)
  • Treating Exercise Like Education (00:53:08)

Guest Bio:

It may be a tall order, but Dan Lieberman wants us to make exercise fun. Lieberman is a biologist, anthropologist, professor and avid runner. His fieldwork has taken him to Kenya and Mexico, where he studied the evolution of physical activity and its widespread implications. Lieberman’s published works uncover important connections between human evolution and contemporary health, challenging our long-standing notions about exercise and encouraging us to move.

Resources Mentioned:

·      Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding

 

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