Move Your DNA

Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement
by Katy Bowman | 264 pages

Katy Bowman is one of the world’s leading biomechanists—helping us integrate proper body movement to optimize our well-being. She has a great podcast + blog you might enjoy as well. This book is packed with a ton of exercises and plenty of info on the science of biomechanics to help us pay more attention to the loads we’re putting on our bodies throughout the day so we can get in harmony with how our bodies were designed to move. Big Ideas we explore include moving your TRILLIONS of cells, why movement > exercise, why walking is the secret sauce, and how to take a forest bath.


Move Your DNA presents a new paradigm of movement. Because DNA can be expressed differently depending upon how external factors impinge upon the cells within which the DNA resides, and because movement is one of these factors, the way we move has a direct bearing upon how our bodies are shaped—for good and ill. It is not enough for me to tell you just to ‘move more.’ You also need to ‘move better’ if you are to enjoy a more sustainable state of well-being. …

Most people have very little idea about how movement works in our bodies, or how much movement is required for natural biological function. It is not my intention to make you freak out about your health, although I’m aware that I might. My highlighting the essentialness of movement should be used to create opportunity for healing (a positive response) rather than fear of illness (a negative response). Many people are shocked when they realize just how easy it is to move more (note: I said move, and not exercise) and how radically better they feel by making tiny skeletal adjustments throughout the day. Are you ready? Let’s do this!”

~ Katy Bowman from Move Your DNA

This is our second Note on Katy Bowman’s work.

(Check out our Notes on Don’t Just Sit There for more goodness. And, make sure you check out our Notes on Joan Vernikos’s Sitting Kills, Moving Heals and Michelle Segar’s No Sweat for more wisdom on this whole becoming a perpetual motion machine topic—which is my current obsession. Excited to share some goodness in Movement 101 soon. :)

Katy is one of the world’s leading biomechanists—helping us integrate proper body movement to optimize our well-being. She has a great podcast + blog you might enjoy as well.

This book is packed with a ton of exercises and plenty of info on the science of biomechanics to help us pay more attention to the loads we’re putting on our bodies throughout the day so we can get in harmony with how our bodies were designed to move.

Check out the book for more details (get a copy here) and, if you’re really feeling it, find a Katy-trained specialist near you to help you dial it all in (here).

I’ll barely scratch the surface but I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas on this important topic so let’s jump straight in!

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About the author

Authors

Katy Bowman

Biomechanist and author of books on natural movement and adaptation to movement.