155 episodes

Although the world is becoming mostly sedentary, our bodies still require a wide variety of daily movements in order to work well. Many of us struggle to get regular exercise, but even that can fall short of nourishing the body from head to toe. How can we move more—a lot more—when we have sore, stiff parts and overly busy lifestyles?

Join Katy Bowman M.S., biomechanist, author, and movement educator as she combines big-picture lessons on biomechanics, kinesiology, physiology, and natural human movement with simple and practical solutions and exercises to get all your body parts moving better. Katy’s lighthearted and funny approach helps us all put the movement back in our lives, and the joy back in our movement!

Move Your DNA with Katy Bowman Katy Bowman

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 559 Ratings

Although the world is becoming mostly sedentary, our bodies still require a wide variety of daily movements in order to work well. Many of us struggle to get regular exercise, but even that can fall short of nourishing the body from head to toe. How can we move more—a lot more—when we have sore, stiff parts and overly busy lifestyles?

Join Katy Bowman M.S., biomechanist, author, and movement educator as she combines big-picture lessons on biomechanics, kinesiology, physiology, and natural human movement with simple and practical solutions and exercises to get all your body parts moving better. Katy’s lighthearted and funny approach helps us all put the movement back in our lives, and the joy back in our movement!

    Ep 154: Self-Compassion as Movement Motivation with Dr. Diana Hill

    Ep 154: Self-Compassion as Movement Motivation with Dr. Diana Hill

    Clinical psychologist Dr. Diana Hill joins biomechanist Katy Bowman for an enlightening episode about the delicate balance between setting high expectations and practicing self-compassion, particularly in the realms of movement and mindfulness. Discover how recognizing the constant movements in our lives can lead to intentional responses and holistic well-being. From debunking misconceptions to exploring practical exercises, Katy and Diana offer valuable insights into embracing self-compassion in movement and daily life. 

    --Join Katy's upcoming movement retreat is May 17–19, at the Art of Living Center in North Carolina—'Healing Your Sole: A Stepwise Approach to Building Forever Functional Feet.' https://www.nutritiousmovement.com/retreat

    • 46 min
    Ep 153: Sedentary Animals w/Dr. Andrea Graves

    Ep 153: Sedentary Animals w/Dr. Andrea Graves

    Dr. Andrea Graves, an animal behavior expert, illuminates the profound significance of movement for animals and humans alike. Through personal anecdotes and scientific insights, Katy and Andrea delve into the essential role of providing enriching environments for animals to express their natural behaviors authentically. From discussing innovative approaches like creating "chicken jungle gyms" to exploring the ethical considerations surrounding AI integration in animal welfare, the conversation underscores the interconnectedness between movement, animal welfare, and environmental enrichment.

    --Join Katy's upcoming movement retreat is May 17–19, at the Art of Living Center in North Carolina—'Healing Your Sole: A Stepwise Approach to Building Forever Functional Feet.' https://www.nutritiousmovement.com/retreat

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep 152: How Did You Move? How Will You Move?

    Ep 152: How Did You Move? How Will You Move?

    On this episode of the Move Your DNA podcast, Katy and her special guest Dani Alexander reflect on the past year, discuss movement goals for 2024, and emphasize the importance of choosing a guiding word. They also explore personal experiences with living in walkable communities, navigating perimenopause, and general aging. Looking ahead, they share specific goals and strategies for incorporating more movement into their life - plus they select their new movement theme words for the year.

    --Join Katy's upcoming movement retreat is May 17–19, at the Art of Living Center in North Carolina—'Healing Your Sole: A Stepwise Approach to Building Forever Functional Feet.' https://www.nutritiousmovement.com/retreat

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep 151: How to Improve Your Grip Strength (and why it matters)

    Ep 151: How to Improve Your Grip Strength (and why it matters)

    Biomechanist Katy Bowman and her occasional co-host, Dani Alexander (an occupational therapist), explore the importance of grip strength for people of all ages. They discuss therapeutic interventions, such as weighted pencils and play-dough, to improve hand strength and sensory input. They also touch on the impact of weak grip strength on daily tasks and emphasize the need to incorporate grip-strengthening activities into everyday routines. Join Katy and Dani as they delve into the connection between grip strength, overall well-being, and maximizing our physical abilities.
    Episode Overview:0:00:01 Introduction and mention of previous New York Times features0:03:31 Recap of a previous podcast episode on grip strength0:06:18 Concerns about grip strength from a professional perspective0:08:26 Therapeutic Interventions for Children0:10:40 Play-Doh for Increasing Intrinsic Hand Strength0:13:20 Thera Putty as a Therapy Tool for Adults0:16:04 Importance of Hand Strength in Everyday Life0:24:05 Creating Playgrounds with Obstacle Courses for Kids0:27:04 Importance of diversity in hand use and overuse injuries.0:29:30 The technicality of different hand grips and their importance.0:30:39 Nourishing the Hands and Feet0:32:08 Wondering about the absence of someone in the bathroom0:34:30 Exploring the use of Therapuddy for hand strengthening0:36:54 Multiple approaches to hand training and arm strength development0:39:05 Assessing daily hand movements and seeking inspiration from others0:41:09 Grip Translates to All Finger and Hand Movement0:42:10 The Importance of Grip Strength in Daily Tasks0:44:16 Decline in Strength and Its Impact on Therapy Norms0:45:40 Lowering the Norms: A Frightening Shift in Fitness0:48:51 The Transcendence of Movement: Beyond Individual Body Parts0:49:41 A Salute to an Amazing Friendship

    --Join Katy's upcoming movement retreat is May 17–19, at the Art of Living Center in North Carolina—'Healing Your Sole: A Stepwise Approach to Building Forever Functional Feet.' https://www.nutritiousmovement.com/retreat

    • 49 min
    Ep 150: How I Feel About Minimal Shoes After My Foot Injury

    Ep 150: How I Feel About Minimal Shoes After My Foot Injury

    Biomechanist, Katy Bowman and her husband Michael discuss foot injuries as a natural part of life. Sharing their own experiences, they emphasize the need for adjustments in movement patterns and highlight the importance of staying active as we age. They also address the psychological aspects of injury and provide strategies for avoiding future injuries. Overall, the message is to embrace change, prioritize healing, and always listen to your body.
    Episode Overview:0:00:01 Welcome to the Move Your DNA podcast0:00:26 Introduction: Focus on Foot Injuries0:03:05 Injury as an Adjustment Period in Life Stages0:10:35 Injury during a sprinting race on the sand0:20:10 Aging and Decreased Cardiovascular Capability0:24:12 The Importance of Maintaining Joyful Movement Amidst Injury0:29:14 Embracing the Valleys: Optimizing for Surviving, Not Just Thriving0:32:19 Finding Alternatives: Adapting to Injury and Changing Gait0:37:43 Embracing Change and Moving Forward0:39:53 The Framework for Troubleshooting Injuries

    • 46 min
    Ep 149: Headphone Dents: What it Takes to Reshape a Skull

    Ep 149: Headphone Dents: What it Takes to Reshape a Skull

    In this episode, Katy is talking about technology. Specifically where technology meets your head. No, not how technology affects mental health or how you think, but how it could be affecting the actual structure of your skull. Katy and her guests get into headphone dents, tech neck, and bone horns. 
    Episode Overview:0:00:01 Welcome to the Move Your DNA podcast!0:00:31 Tech and Mental Health: How It Affects Your Head0:07:58 Discussing Head Dents0:11:56 The Dent Mystery: Seeking the Truth0:21:12 Importance of varied positioning for babies' development0:31:52 Strengthening tissues to handle increased load and shape changes0:32:33 The Horns Phenomenon and Click-Bait Headlines0:43:01 Natural selection and the success of sickle-shaped cells0:53:15 Navigating the Challenges of Screens in Schools0:57:56 Skeletal Development and Surgical Solutions0:59:20 The Addictive Nature of Handheld Devices1:00:40 Introduction and Background of the Conversation1:03:36 The Nuance of Phone Use and Posture1:09:20 Introduction and Greetings from Lynn Dung, Melbourne, Australia

    --Join Katy's upcoming movement retreat is May 17–19, at the Art of Living Center in North Carolina—'Healing Your Sole: A Stepwise Approach to Building Forever Functional Feet.' https://www.nutritiousmovement.com/retreat

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
559 Ratings

559 Ratings

Sherri756 ,

Dealing With Injuries

This podcast on dealing with injuries and not stopping all activities when injured is so true. As is mentioned in the podcast this is even more important as we age. Thank you!

Petite elite ,

Followed Katy for years but bummed she’s woke

I heard a recent advertisement for her movement class on breasts and chests and was disappointed to hear include women who undergo “top surgery”. As someone who advocates for humans using their bodies in natural ways, she is conveniently ignoring the obvious detriment of hacking off healthy tissue to be seen as good rather than correct.

Beckytwo ,

Life changing!

Katy Bowman’s podcast and books have changed my life. She knows what she is talking about and delivers her message in a way that is easy to understand and often times funny. I cannot recommend this podcast enough!

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