Featured Author Katy Bowman
Original Source: https://nutritiousmovement.com/a-day-in-the-life/
What is a movement-based lifestyle?
We currently live in a world where “life” is mostly sedentary, and “exercise” is the one or two hours a day we set aside to fit in some movement. Research is showing, more and more, that this approach doesn’t meet our bodies’ need for movements.
A movement-based lifestyle is one that keeps all of you moving—from your arms and legs to your microbiome—gives you large doses of “Vitamin Nature,” and “Vitamin Community.” It is the addition of movement back into life.
1. I get movement in first thing in the morning.
I walk with a friend, so that my “movement time” is also my “coffee with a friend” date. Stacking my life this way — getting movement and something else I need/love to do — is key to a movement-based lifestyle.
I always wear minimal shoes. A wide, flexible, and totally flat shoe means when I move, more of me is moving!
2. Our family uses low tables and the floor instead of sitting in couches and chairs.
3. I have a dynamic workstation (I don’t work in the same position all the time), and take movement breaks at my desk.
4. I use objects in and around my home to facilitate movement.
5. I break up my workday with chores.
6. I take calls and do errands on foot, often at the same time.
7. The bulk of our family time is outside, moving (on this day we went to a park; other days we’ll go to the woods or the mountains, and we have fun exploring the cities we visit in our travels).
8. Some of my work can be done via my smartphone, and I make sure that when I am calling or emailing from my mobile, I’m doing it on the move.
9. We typically walk wherever we go—if we’re not going to walk the whole way there, then we park at a distance and walk the rest of the way.
About Katy Bowman, MS
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, and Dynamic Aging, 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 Movement 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.