Born To Walk: The Transformative Power Of A Pedestrian Act by Dan RubinsteinBorn To Walk: The Transformative Power Of A Pedestrian Act by Dan Rubinstein

Born To Walk: The Transformative Power Of A Pedestrian Act

byDan RubinsteinForeword byKevin Patterson

Hardcover | April 1, 2015

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The case for getting back on our feet

The humble act of putting one foot in front of the other transcends age, geography, culture, and class, and is one of the most economical and environmentally responsible modes of transit. Yet with our modern fixation on speed, this healthy pedestrian activity has been largely left behind.

At a personal and professional crossroads, writer, editor, and obsessive walker Dan Rubinstein travelled throughout the U.S., U.K., and Canada to walk with people who saw the act not only as a form of transportation and recreation, but also as a path to a better world. There are no magic-bullet solutions to modern epidemics like obesity, anxiety, alienation, and climate change. But what if there is a simple way to take a step in the right direction? Combining fascinating reportage, eye-opening research, and Rubinstein's own discoveries, Born to Walk explores how far this ancient habit can take us, how much repair is within range, and guarantees that you'll never again take walking for granted.

Dan Rubinstein is a National Magazine Award-winning writer and editor. He contributes to publications such as The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, The Economist and enRoute, and has edited magazines in Ontario and Alberta. These days, he does most of his walking in Ottawa. Kevin Patterson is a medical doctor who works mostly in British Col...
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Title:Born To Walk: The Transformative Power Of A Pedestrian ActFormat:HardcoverDimensions:316 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 1, 2015Publisher:ECW PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'd love to see this book generate tons of discussion In Canada, public policy is forefront during election campaigns. There's a lot of talk of new, improved, sophisticated. What if there are easier answers? This book does a great job of asking "what if". What if we all walked for just an hour a day? What if people travelled in a way that facilitated connection to their communities? What if we had a prescription for mental health that had no side effects, few risks and very little development cost? Walking changes lives for the better. Read the book and find out how and why.
Date published: 2015-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a great read Dan Rubinstein's Born to Walk is a comprehensive examination of an act we so often overlook. Medical, physiological, political, societal, spiritual: he covers almost every aspect of walking while weaving a narrative around his own long walks that is very engaging. A must-read!
Date published: 2015-04-21

Editorial Reviews

"With fervour and a strong commitment to research, Rubinstein unpacks his simple manifesto: 'Walk more. Anywhere.'" - Quill & Quire"Walking long distances daily is good for your health. We know that. But Rubinstein goes several steps further with this thought-provoking, transcendent book on the benefits of covering the miles on foot." - Toronto Star"Born to Walk should be required reading for Canadian politicians, policy-makers, planners and pedestrians." - Winnipeg Free Press"[Born to Walk] shows how putting one foot in front of the other intersects with nearly every facet of the human experience, from mental health to economics to creativity, with no shortage of scientific firepower to back it up." - Edmonton Journal"Few books treat walking so big-heartedly and open-mindedly as this one or with such exploratory, wide-ranging study." - Literary Review of Canada"Rubinstein is at a crossroads in his life and walking provides the balm to get through it. It is full of personal stories about those he walks with: police on the beat, members of Canada's First Nations, hikers, you name it." - Books Or Bust"This is an inherently inspirational work, and one that holds real promise for social change. Add to that: reading it is often a delightfully visceral experience. Born to Walk invigorates - it convinces you that it's time to get off the couch, lace up your sneakers, and rediscover the simple pleasure of a good walk." - Straight.com