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'Movement Matters' With Katy Bowman, MS

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'Movement Matters': Talking With Katy Bowman, MS Photo courtesy of J. Jurgensen Photography

Read any of Katy Bowman’s blogs or her books, and you will quickly get a sense of how passionate she is about movement.

She will never be a person who says that aches and pains are inevitable. This biomechanist is very interested in the "Why" rather than the "Why me?"

Katy took some time with EmpowHER to go over the cultural issue of inactivity and how she is getting fitter with mindfulness (and less furniture):


Why have we forgotten how to move?


You can’t read much clinically or research-wise that would say explicitly how little of a portion of a day exercise is, because we are so entirely sedentary save for 60 minutes or 10,000 steps.

When you put them in context of how many steps you could take, this isn’t much. It’s a relativity issue. Exercise is a small fraction of health, but movement is everything.

When I was in University, there were two categories of people: exercisers or sedentary.

“Sitting is the new smoking” is five to seven years old. In the last ten years, there has been a shift in understanding. It turns out that sedentary and active people can be pretty similar on paper besides a small period of time.

How much are people really moving throughout the day? I want to clarify how we classify movement.

The parts of you that reap the benefits of movement are the parts that are moving. If we are stiff, this is a sign that not all of us is moving when we are moving. Move more of you rather than just move more.


You are a movement junkie now, but how did you get to be that way?


My life is totally similar to everyone else’s. I come from an exercise background. I love exercise!

My light bulb moment came with regards to movement as a bunch of smaller light-bulb moments. I was trying to find answers to a whole bunch of smaller questions.

Graduate school exposed me to cultures beyond mine.

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