Staff Pick: Exercise Less, Move More

Jul 16, 2019

Biomechanist Katy Bowman and her family don't own couches or recliners or even chairs at the kitchen table. That’s so they have every possible opportunity for physical movement, which is a central idea of Bowman’s fitness philosophy. This episode picked by producer Benjamin Bombard.

In an online video, biomechanist Katy Bowman guides a tour of her home. It’s a lot of the usual stuff, but what’s missing is all the furniture. Katy and her family don’t have a couch or recliners or even chairs at the kitchen table. That’s so they have every possible opportunity for physical movement, which is a central idea of Bowman’s philosophy. She wants people to improve their health and their well being by exercising less and moving more and better. She joins us to explain how and why.

Katy Bowman is a biomechanist and the founder and director of the Restorative Exercise Institute, an organization and online training program that teaches the biomechanical model of preventative medicine. She blogs at KatySays.com. She’s the author of several books, including Move Your DNA [Amazon|Indiebound].

Here's what producer Benjamin Bombard had to say about the episode:

In his interview with Katy Bowman, Doug highlighted a disturbing statistic: Today's teens walk just 11 minutes a day. Think about that. There are 1,440 minutes in a day, and American teens spend less than one percent of them walking. When I heard that, it made me ask, how much do I walk? How much do I move in a day? Because for Bowman, movement is the key to good health. Notice I didn't say exercise. Bowman makes a pretty strong case for the benefits of movement. Since we did this show, I've radically changed up my fitness routine. No more gym time for me. I get my exercise by walking three miles to work and three miles home, and integrating constant movement into my daily routine. While I'm not sure how many minutes I spend walking every day, it's way more than 11. Take that, Spinal Tap!