Move Your DNA

  • by Katy Bowman
  • Narrated by Katy Bowman
  • 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Buried under "You Are What You Eat" headlines is another perspective supported by the latest research: You are, actually, how you move. Move Your DNA explains the science behind our need for natural movement - right down to the cellular level. It examines the differences between the movements in a typical hunter-gatherer's life and the movements in our own. It shows the many problems with using exercise like movement vitamins instead of addressing the deeper issue of a poor movement diet. Best of all, Move Your DNA contains the corrective exercises, habit modifications, and simple lifestyle changes we need to make in order to free ourselves from disease and discover our naturally healthy, reflex driven selves. The "movement is not optional" argument is so convincing, this audiobook was designed to be listed to while walking - each chapter listing the mileage for that section. An average walker will complete 20 miles while listening! From couch potatoes to professional athletes, new parents to seniors, listeners will love Katy's humorous, passionate, and - above all - science-based guide to restoring your body and reclaiming your life.


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Fascinating but also kind of depressing

STORY (health/science) - Consistent with all the interest in the paleo lifestyle, this book compares the movement, or lack thereof, of modern man to that of our ancestors. Ms. Bowman's theory is that our bodies have adapted to a culture of prolonged sitting and that, even when standing or walking, our posture and gait are affected. Further, our one-hour exercise sessions after a day of sitting do not begin to compare with the day-long wanderings of our ancestors and, thus, are grossly inefficient. She also states that though our heart pumps blood, it is basic movement that causes our tiniest capillaries to PULL blood and oxygen from the larger vessels, supplying vital oxygen to our cells and DNA. Thus, in order to supply all our cells, we need to move our body in a variety of ways throughout the day as much as possible.

I'm very glad I listened to the book and gained this information, but it's depressing to try so hard to get in a daily workout only to hear Ms. Bowman say it's nowhere near adequate.
She suggests many exercises that I don't think anyone could possibly do without diagrams of the positions, and it's boring to hear her describe them in such technical terms when you can't visualize what she's talking about. And there's a TON of exercises. You might prefer a printed version of this book.

PERFORMANCE - The author reads her own work and has a young, enthusiastic voice. She does a good job. She also includes recording bloopers at the end, which are fun to listen to.

OVERALL - Ms. Bowman's theory is interesting and makes good sense, but it's somewhat new and controversial. I'm glad I listened to the book and gained the general information, but I don't plan to buy the paper version or do the myriad of exercises.

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Human Kinetics Explored & Motivation To Get Moving

Bowman is very upbeat in her narration and presents a new way to look at exercise and activity. The explanations of how movement effects our bodies down to the cellular level are fascinating. This book will change the way you think about the dynamics of health, strength and what is considered healthy exercise. Bowman is all about healing chronic physical issues using body mechanics, kinesiology and prescribed movement.

I had read some negative reviews for the recorded book because people found the "exercises" too complicated to understand without pictures. The verbal descriptions being too hard to follow. So I bought a used copy of the paperback book instead of buying the recorded version. Suffice it to say that the physical book just sat on the shelf--not being something that sparked my interest enough to really engage.

Then I went back and checked the reviews here again and found several positive comments about how motivating the audio recording was. So I bought the audible book too. Success! I find having the motivational quality of the author's reading and the physical book with the photos to be the perfect mix.

Be prepared to have everything you thought you knew about exercise and building a strong body turned upside down. Really worth the time. I would suggest starting with the recorded version first and seeing if you need the back up of a print version once you've listened. For me, having both versions has really worked. In hindsight, it might have been enough to have borrowed the print book from the library just until I got the images down and understood the visual concepts. Either way, a highly recommended listen.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-24-2014
  • Publisher: Propriometrics Press