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143: Skip the gym – do THIS instead

by | Mar 15, 2021 | 0 comments

Everybody knows that walking is good for you – right? 

But could walking actually be better for you than heading to the gym, lifting weights… or even running

Well, the answer may surprise you.

You see, science shows that living a healthier, happier life takes MORE than just talking the talk. It actually takes walking the walk – literally. 

And in just a minute, you’re going to learn why.

On this episode of the Dr. Gundry Podcast, I’ll be speaking with the author, neuroscientist and bonafide walking expert, Shane O’Mara

Shane is a professor of experimental brain research and the author of the new book In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration. 

On this episode, Shane and I discuss why walking is one of the best forms of exercise there is, how it can benefit your posture, protect your organs, support “reversed aging”, and so much more. 

On this episode you’ll learn:

  • 4 ways SITTING can destroy your health –  and the simple trick for reversing the damage (3:00)
  • Why you don’t actually need 10,000 steps a day (and the REAL “step goal” you should strive for (5:00)
  • How I unintentionally lost 50 pounds in ONE year – and how you can do the same (6:30)
  • 5 SIMPLE ways to get more steps in – without even realizing it (9:30)
  • What walking does to your BRAIN – and why it’s one of the BEST tools for creativity (10:30) 
  • How to “age BACKWARDS” physically and mentally (it’s quick, free, and super simple) (13:00)
  • The TRUTH about walking vs. running when it comes to your health (and what you NEED to know if you do both)  (17:00)
  • How to walk for cardiovascular health vs. problem solving (yes, you need two totally different techniques!) (18:30) 
  • The “energy snacks” I swear by for curbing any craving, boosting my productivity, and bringing out my creative side (hint — it’s not in your kitchen) (20:30) 
  • Why walking at THIS time of day gives you a double-dose of health benefits (22:00)
  • How to build MUSCLE by walking (yes, these tips make it possible!) 
  • The “movement trick” to DRAMATICALLY reducing your risk of developing depressive disorder and dementia (30:00)
  • The difference between the lectins in nightshade fruits  and their leaves – and whether or not they’re safe to eat (45:40)

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Mentioned on this episode:

The Energy Paradox: What to Do When Your Get‑Up‑and‑Go Has Got up and Gone  – (pre-order here!)  

Illinois Walking Study 

Plant Paradox – order here! 

Longevity Paradox – order here! 

Study on Apoe4 and Cognitive Decline 

ShaneOMara.com 

My interview with Dale Bredesen 

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042: 172 Marathons, 16 months in prison – but THIS was the hardest thing he did.

033: Strength Training, TRX, And The TRUTH About Working Out

Episode Transcript:

Shane O’Mara Transcript

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Dr. Steven Gundry is a renowned heart surgeon and New York Times bestselling author of “The Plant Paradox” and “The Plant Paradox Cookbook.”

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