Built To Move: The Ten Essential Habits To Help You Move Freely and Live Fully

Knopf. Apr. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780593534809. $28. HEALTH
Written by married mobility experts (Deskbound) who have worked with Olympians, Navy SEALS, and professional athletes, this book is designed to increase readers’ knowledge of how to move their bodies in ways that will boost strength, increase agility, and decrease pain over time. Each chapter contains a self-assessment and one illustrated physical practice, some of which require basic exercise equipment. The rest of the material explains the reasoning behind the exercises, and it offers tips to improve results. Many of the authors’ sources are from within the last few years, but the anthropological article from 1955 and several sources from the 1990s and the early aughts may make some readers question the documents’ validity now. The book also includes suggestions that some readers may find extreme, such as not eating for an entire 24 hours, or taping one’s mouth shut to stop snoring.
VERDICT While mobility, as opposed to exercise and fitness, is an intriguing concept, the outdated sources and sometimes radical lifestyle suggestions make this book difficult to recommend as a collection purchase.
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