Sitting Ninjas vs. Couchless Samurais - Katy Bowman #41

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Biomechanist Katy Bowman joins us for a lesson in movement. While many of us think of movement as our 30-60 minute daily exercise session, Katy says it's what we do the rest of the time that counts. You will come away from this interview with a new outlook on your home and office habitat, and I hope it inspires you to make some positive changes to your environment! After talking with Katy, I got rid of my couch the next day...just sayin'...

Episode Breakdown:

  • Exercise vs movement
  • Olympic sitters
  • Flaccid Fin Syndrome
  • Arterial plaque explained
  • Furniture-free living
  • Switching from normal shoes to barefoot shoes
  • How to build natural movement patterns
  • Tour of Katy’s furniture-free home
  • From pulling bows to asdfghjkl; — decreased hand use of modern humans
  • Standing is the new sitting
  • Where to find Katy’s work
You adapt to what you do physically 100% of the time. Tweet it!
We are the ninjas of sitters. Tweet it!
You are not broken; your environment is broken. Tweet it!
You are writing your biography in your bones right now. Tweet it!

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Meet Katy

A biomechanist by training and a problem-solver at heart, Katy’s ability to blend a scientific approach with straight talk about sensible solutions and an unwavering sense of humor have earned her legions of followers. Her award-winning blog and podcast, Katy Says, reach hundreds of thousands of people every month, and thousands have taken her live classes. She regularly writes for and is featured as a health expert in publications such as Prevention, IDEA, and Self, and is an entertaining guest on radio and television talk shows and news segments.

Katy is the founder and director of the Restorative Exercise Institute, which teaches the biomechanical model of preventative medicine to health professionals and laypeople worldwide, both online and in live seminars. She is also the creator of the popular Aligned and Well DVD series, a step-by-step visual guide to learning the basics of skeletal and body alignment. Katy’s groundbreaking work in pelvic floor restoration has made her particularly popular with midwives, OBGYNs, and others concerned with pelvic mobility, strength, and health.

Her books Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet (2011), and Alignment Matters (2013), have been critically acclaimed and translated worldwide. In 2014, Katy released the bestselling Move Your DNA—offering a comprehensive look at the science and practical aspects of daily movement and general health. In response to great demand for additional information on foot care, she released a practical exercise guide Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning Well to Minimal Footwear in 2015. In between her book writing efforts, Katy travels the globe to teach the Restorative Exercise Institute’s courses in person, and spends as much time outside as possible with her husband and two small children.