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 Nutritious Movement (formerly 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. Along the way she also 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
- 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, not even a couch
- where kegels fall short … and what to do for the pelvic floor instead
- the difference between stationary and sedentary
- ways to get out of our comfort zone and try new movement (even when everyone else is just sitting around)
- 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
- 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 and 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
Popular “Katy Says” Podcasts
- You Don’t Know Squat
- You (Still) Don’t Know Squat
- Raise Your … Foot (Half-circle stretch for calves)
More From Wellness Mama
- How to Find the Best Minimalist Shoes for Kids and Adults
- 202: How Footwear Affects Posture, Alignment, & Movement With Gordon Hay From ALINE
- 221: Natural Movement, Sustainable Fitness, and Lifelong Health With Dr. Mark Cucuzzella
- 419: Incontinence, Pelvic Floor Health and Postpartum With MUTU Founder Wendy Powell
- 482: Katy Bowman on Grow Wild & Optimal Movement for Children and Families
Do you do kegels? How much intentional movement do you have every day?