The New Book is Here: Playing With Movement
I am thrilled to announce that my new book is (finally!) done! It’s called Playing With Movement: How to Explore the Many Dimensions of Physical Health and Performance. Click here to purchase.
Here’s the description that will appear on Amazon:
Playing with Movement is about solving “movement problems,” such as how to complete your first marathon, recover from back pain, put on more muscle, or improve agility on the soccer field. Play means moving in a way that is fun, exploratory, variable, and personally meaningful. The most capable movers - kids, animals, and athletes - develop skill and fitness through play, not “working out.” But the mainstream approach to sport training and physical therapy is all work no play. It is focused on movements that are boring, repetitive, planned, stressful, and intrinsically meaningless. This stems from viewing the body as a machine to be “fixed,” instead of an organic system that can evolve, grow, and learn.
The arguments in this book are not based in romantic feel-good reasoning, but hard evidence drawn from diverse fields of study, including the sciences of play, complex systems, pain, motor control, exercise physiology, and psychology. They show that the best pathway to movement health is found not by tracking data or following algorithms, but through curious exploration of the physical world. If you want to take control of your movement health in a way that is fun, meaningful, and empowering, and learn some fascinating science on the way, this book is for you.
Like my previous book, A Guide to Better Movement, this one focuses on physical performance and health, but the perspective is far broader, addressing a wide range of topics that I haven’t written about in detail previously, including stress physiology, fitness, complex systems theory, and the role of the environment in shaping health and behavior. To give you a more detailed idea of the subject matter, here’s a brief summary of the Table of Contents.