Imagine your great-great-great-great-great-grandmother heading out to the garden to collect some potatoes for dinner. Can you see her with her basket and maybe an apron on to protect her clothes? She digs around for a while to unearth some potatoes and fill her basket and then hauls her potatoes back to the house.
Does great-great-great-great-great grandma drop and do 20 burpees for the sake of her heart? Nope. Burpees weren’t created until around 1940, and even then, they were designed as a fitness test for sedentary people… not a torturous exercise to do a hundred times in a row.
Yes, great-great-great-great-great grandma has a few things going for her that most of us lack today. She moved to live. It was part of what she did. She didn’t exercise to rationalize being sedentary the rest of the day. She walked to get food, she dug for her food, she carried her food. She mashed her own potatoes. Compare this to a modern human who might drive to the store to buy a box of potato flakes, who then drives home to add water to the flakes to create instant mashed potatoes. This disconnect adds up day in and day out.
The secret – is to integrate movements back into your life so that your life becomes your ‘exercise’.
This is one of the primary points of my guest. In Part 1 of my interview with Katy Bowman (author of “Move Your DNA”), we chatted about what it means to ‘be in the tank’, about how your body shape and health are always influenced, 100% of the time, by the loads that you create, about your chair baggage, about how injury happens, and about our very narrow, and functionally incorrect view of our cardiovascular system. Go on back and listen to Part 1 before joining us for part 2.
Part 2 covers movement nutrition, easy ways to increase natural movement in your life, and the vanishing requirement for exercise as we know it when we are able to successfully move to live.
Near the end of the interview – I mention a recent study that answers the question, “Where does the fat go?” Follow this link to see for yourself.
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, KatySays.com, reaches 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 between her book writing efforts, Katy travels the globe to teach the Restorative Exercise Institute’s courses in person, getting the world moving one calf stretch at a time.