About Nutritious Movement
It’s clear that no one in our culture moves enough—there’s even a new category of movement alongside “active” and “sedentary” called “actively sedentary” to describe the movers among us, who move on average only 4 percent of the time and spend the rest of their time as sedentary as the couch potatoes.
Because of our time spent sitting, and because of other ways we’ve immobilized ourselves—casted our bodies—with shoes, constrictive clothing, and cultural expectations, our bodies have adapted by becoming stiff and unable to move all of our parts, all of the way. This has created areas in our bodies that are cellularly sedentary even when we are moving.
For instance, we’ve been wearing shoes practically since birth. Shoes with a cushioned sole, limited space for the toes to move, and a heel—even if it’s a short one. And so movements of your toe bones, ankle joints, arch-supporting muscles, and even of your foot-skin don’t happen in the same way had you not always worn shoes. This means that even when your “whole body” is walking, not all of it is actively walking or receiving the right amount of “squish” your cells need to thrive.
Why does this matter?
For the same reason it matters what you eat. When you eat food, the nutrients in that food communicate with your cells, and cause your cells to behave in a particular way. Movement is similar.
The bending and squishing of your cells that happens when you’re walking is an input—just like dietary nutrients. Cells respond directly to mechanical input through a process called mechanotransduction.
Your cells are just as affected by the movements you do and do not feed them as they are by the foods you do and do not feed them.
We’re not just missing movement—we’re missing nutritious movement; movement that includes all of the right bends and squishes at the right amount for all your parts to work optimally.
Nutritious Movement helps you move better.
We show you how to create a more balanced and healthy movement diet by teaching you how to figure out which movements you’re missing, and which you’re currently overdosing on.
We also provide education on biomechanics, kinesiology, and physiology, as well as information on how to build a supportive movement community, and create a natural habitat that supports the best performance of your body parts—all trillion of them.
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About Katy Bowman, M.S.
Part biomechanist, part science communicator, and full-time mover, Katy Bowman has educated hundreds of thousands of people on the role movement plays in the body and in the world. Blending a scientific approach with straight talk about sensible, whole-life movement solutions, her website and award-winning podcast, Katy Says, reach hundreds of thousands of people every month, and thousands have taken her live classes.
Her books, the bestselling Move Your DNA, Movement Matters, Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief, Diastasis Recti, Don’t Just Sit There, Whole Body Barefoot, Alignment Matters, and Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief, have been critically acclaimed and translated worldwide.
Passionate about human movement outside of exercise, Katy volunteers her time to support the larger reintegration of movement into human lives by providing movement courses across widely varying demographics and working with non-profits promoting nature education. She also directs and teaches at the Nutritious MovementTM Center Northwest in Washington state, travels the globe to teach Nutritious Movement courses in person, and spends as much time outside as possible with her husband and children.