I’m excited to say that Katy Bowman is here today! In fact I think she’s the most-requested guest to date, so many of you listening will be especially interested in today’s episode.
Katy is the movement mastermind behind the award-winning blog and podcast Katy Says that reaches thousands of people every month. She’s blogged for 10 years on the topic of movement and its importance to health, and along the way found time to author 8 books, including the best-selling “Move Your DNA” and “Movement Matters.”
A biomechanist by training, Katy pioneers research on the effects of our modern sedentary culture and the profound potential of human movement. She’s convinced me that movement can be just as nutritious as food … and she’s not just talking about getting to the gym.
To find out what she is talking about, stick around!
Katy Bowman on Nutritious Movement
If you’ve been around my blog, you may have noticed I have some strong feelings on eating real, nutritious foods and avoiding empty, toxic ones like sugar and processed oils. Well the way I feel about sugar and processed foods is the way Katy Bowman feels about sitting still.
Deprive your body of its daily dose of movement, she says, and it’s just as bad as not eating your vegetables.
The amazing part is that regular exercise doesn’t even undo the effects of sitting for long hours in a desk chair or on your couch. Research shows that too much sitting can lead not only to obesity but higher rates of cancer, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. It can even shorten our life span.
So what’s a healthy mom to do? Katy Bowman lays it all out, step-by-step. She explains exactly what we can do about this cultural problem and how to meet our body’s movement quota in a sedentary world.
In This Episode You’ll Learn
why we’re not getting enough “Vitamin Squat” … and why it’s so important we don’t go without it
what movement can do for the body, and how to get more of it in your life
the reason why not many of us adults are very good at squatting (and why my toddler is pro!)
why Katy has very little furniture in her house … yes, even the couch
where kegels fall short … and what to do for the pelvic floor instead
the difference between stationary and sedentary
how to work in movement even if you’re stationary
modifications to help you recover the ability to squat
“nutritious” ways to move after having a baby
how to create the ideal dynamic work space
ways to get out of our comfort zone and try new movement (even when everyone else is just sitting around)
the relationship between diastasis recti and pelvic floor issues … and how to fix it
the cool way her family does dinner and breakfast picnics
why sports or exercise don’t necessarily meet the requirement for nutritious movement
the surprising reason why athletes are still sedentary by scientific standards
ways to help your kids move, even if they have to be still in school
what to look for in a good shoe for any age group (it’s the best explanation I’ve heard!)
Resources We Mention
Katy Bowman’s Books
Dynamic Aging: Simple Exercises for Whole-Body Motion
Move Your DNA
Diastasis Recti: The Whole Body Solution
Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief
Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning to Minimal Footwear
Alignment Matters: The First Five Years of Katy Says
Movement Matters: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement
Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief
Don’t Just Sit There: Transitioning to a Standing and Dynamic Workstation for Whole Body Health