Exuberant Animal:

The Power of Health, Play and Joyful Movement


Exuberant Animal book coverMove to live, live to move! Health and fitness is a rich, multi-disciplinary practice that includes body, mind, spirit and the creative imagination. Exuberant Animal explores the totality of human health and promotes a truly integrated approach that spans culture, biology, psychology and animal behavior. You'll discover powerful new ideas for movement and living that will stimulate your vitality, creativity and enthusiasm.

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What people are saying...

Frank Forencich is a superb writer. His voice is clear, accurate and accessible.

Robert M. Sapolsky
Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University
author of A Primate’s Memoir

Today, while driving fast along the freeway, I stuck my hand up out of the sunroof the way a dog sticks its head out a car window, just for the sheer joy of it. The wind felt soft on my hand, and sensuous, and highly entertaining. That simple moment of pleasure, playfulness, and experimentation was inspired by reading Exuberant Animal. A small thing? Yes. But a start. Forencich's own hand is pointing toward a way of life - the way of life our bodies are designed for. Fortunately, we don't have to return to the jungle to experience such pleasure. Every day, no matter what we're doing, we're animals. Thank goodness Forencich is reminding us of that. Amazing, inspiring, original work. I've been an athlete all my life, and a pretty playful person to boot, but Frank Forencich made me think differently about my body, and move differently. If you care about your own body, and seek a deeper level of health, fitness, and pleasure, then run (not in a linear way, but more of an exuberant romp) out to get this book.

Mariah Burton Nelson
author of We are All Athletes

Frank Forencich is a gifted writer who brings a fresh voice to the contemporary discourse on health and fitness. In his latest book, Exuberant Animal: The Power of Health, Play and Joyful Movement, he takes us beyond the commercial hype and obsessive behaviors so prevalent today and offers intelligent ways we can achieve and enjoy a livelier lifestyle.  Frank has the storyteller's gift of being able to criticize the status quo without alienating his audience. Exuberant Animal is brimming with good humor, refreshing ideas and friendly encouragement to help us achieve a more enlightened evolution.  

 Lynda McDaniel
 Seattle, WA

No joy, no gain!–that might well be Frank Forencich’s exercise motto. A nation filled with fit, playful hominids fully in touch with their evolutionary heritage is a true pleasure to contemplate.

Bill McKibben
author of Long Distance; A Year of Living Strenuously