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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

”Move Your DNA is a landmark in explaining biomechanics." - Dr. Joan Vernikos former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division and author of Sitting Kills, Moving Heals.

This new expanded edition of the bestselling Move Your DNA features an exercise glossary and three-level exercise program, accessible to audiobook listeners in the FREE EXERCISE PROGRAM PDF DOWNLOAD!

Accessible and fascinating, Move Your DNA is a game-changer in the world of health, fitness, and movement science. Hailed as offering a pioneering and paradigm-shifting perspective on exercise, this book:

• explains how movement works right down to the cellular level• examines the differences between the movements in a typical hunter-gatherer's life and the movements in a convenience-riddled lifestyle• discusses the issues with using exercise like movement vitamins instead of addressing the deeper issue of a poor movement diet• contains a three-level movement program to help those of all strengths and fitness levels transition to a movement-rich lifestyle

Move Your DNA contains corrective exercises, habit modifications, and simple lifestyle changes to free ourselves from the diseases of affluence and discover our naturally healthy, reflex-driven selves.

The "movement is not optional" argument is so convincing, this audiobook was designed to be listened to while walking - each chapter listing the mileage for that section. An average walker will complete 20 miles while listening!

reclaiming your life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Katy Bowman (P)2014 Katy Bowman

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Well worth a listen

A fantastic book to challenge dominant ideas about exercise and movement. Theoretically interesting and practically helpful. Well worth a listen.

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Absolutely fascinating and very inspiring

What did you like best about this story?

Its applicable nature and the amount of information shared.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

It does get quite technical. I'm fine with that but it's worth being aware that you will learn a lot about how your body works and a lot of new terms.

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A Very Important Work

This book explains the science and practice of healthy alignment and movement and how to work towards it, offsetting the effects of our modern sedentary lifestyles and the changes they have effected on our bodies.

Katy Bowman gives careful consideration to how she communicates this information and is a truly great communicator. There are lots of photos and diagrams in the layout of the physical book and I bought this first. However because it is the sort of work I will keep revisiting as I deepen my understand and improve the way I move I was keen to listen to her read it too while out walking my dogs. There is a PDF available to accompany this audio book for folk who don't have the real book.

Listening to it made an enormous difference to my understanding of the principles and I recommend anyone to do it. This understanding has enabled me to improve my strength and energy as well as dramatically reduce muscle stiffness that I have been struggling with for at least fifteen years.

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Life-changing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely... especially if bought for listening to whilst walking outdoors.

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I read this on Kindle a couple of years ago and it has transformed my life. I had years of pain, in my foot, back, hips, neck etc, all getting steadily worse over 15 years or so. Katy is my hero, for helping me reduce the pain massively... still ongoing, I am getting stronger slowly as every month goes by. Her books and podcasts accompany me on many of my daily walks, so when I heard this was an expanded version, I realised a re-read (or rather a listen) was timely for me. As another reviewer mentioned, I too could listen to Katy read the phone book. She is amusing, intelligent and most generous sharing her wisdom and experience. Thanks Katy for all that you are doing for so many of us. Everyone would benefit from listening to her... and then from adopting some of her teaching. I am at a loss to understand how we don't all instinctively appreciate our daily need for frequent movement (as opposed to exercise), because she explains it in a way that makes it so obvious. Brief exercise bouts are simply not enough, just as a diet of only protein or only vegetables would not be enough.

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Important message, fun delivery

I listen to her podcast regularly, but would listen to Katy read the phone book. Her work is life-changing, real food for thought, but so accessible too. As someone who struggled with movement through chronic illness, she has given me an understanding of how subtle changes can make a world of difference. I am so much stronger for her input, thanks Katy!

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Great narration by Katy

Usually when an author narrates their own text it's not the most interesting to listen to however I love Katy's style. Excellent book, life changing messages,

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Everyone should read this book

Fascinating, accessible and impeccably researched; this book should be essential reading for every human. Bowman's premise is that the body needs movement in the same way that it needs food; but that there is a huge difference between exercise (akin to vitamin pills) and natural movement (a wholesome, nutritious and balanced diet). Can't recommend enough!

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Informative and funny! Great book.

My first purchase from Audible and I am thoroughly pleased with the book. It all makes perfect sense as far as modern living (compared to living in captivity) and its effects on health. It's very well narrated by the author, who explains the science behind her findings in fairly simple and easy to understand terms. More so, the book is funny and uses vivid imagery about our own bodies, other animals and nature in general. I found that I would probably have to revisit the chapters where Katy talks about specific exercises to undo the modern living, or have them in print in front of me to be able to follow the instructions and do them correctly. Other that that, it's an absolute gem that will enlighten you about how you can live a life more attuned to what your body is programmed to do to function optimally.

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Excellent Book

Katy distills a complex topic and makes it absorbable and applicable. I have benefitted by following her advice. This book literally makes me feel good.

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knowledge to reform our time culture & habits.

Loved this. scientific quality information made accessible. Read well by author. Highly recommend for health seekers.

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  • 04-05-17

How To Get The PDF

If you could sum up Move Your DNA in three words, what would they be?

Natural, healing movement.

What did you like best about this story?

Katy presents some incredibly scientific and in-depth information in a way that is always fascinating and entertaining.

Which scene was your favorite?

The explanation of kyphosis.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Ha--to listen while sitting really defeats the purpose with this one! Katy specifically wants you to take advantage of the audio format and MOVE while listening. And no, it's not the type of book you want to listen to in one go. You need time to absorb all the information.

Any additional comments?

Yes, and this is important! TO ALL THOSE LOOKING FOR IT: THERE IS INDEED A PDF THAT INCLUDES ALL THE ILLUSTRATIONS AND VISUALS IN THE BOOK.

If you go to your library on a desktop, you will see it. Please make sure you download it--it's really key to understanding this book properly.

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  • Sara
  • 17-01-16

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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  • andrew
  • 06-01-15

Fantastic. Great information. Very informative.

This is the right book at the right time. Katy goes quite in depth in information but delivered in an easy to listen to and enjoyable way . I'm listening for my 5th time in 2 weeks and getting more and more evert time.I have had a twisted back and hips for a long time and this is the best re balancing book i have come across. Thank you.

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  • AudioAddict
  • 25-05-15

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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  • Jennifer Brenneman
  • 30-03-15

Counter cultural?

I actually bought this book when it was released but didn't make time to read it. Audio was the trick to suck me in & get me moving. I did walk while listening. I found myself creating reasons to go on a walk so I could hear more.
I'm finding lots of little changes to work on every day. I've been slowly changing my DNA via Katy's advice for over a year.

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  • D. J. Hemmat
  • 02-06-16

The Book for Every Human with a Body

Pain? Aches? Disease?

Listen to (and follow) this book and your understanding of your body and your health will dramatically change to your benefit.

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  • Ida
  • 10-05-17

Quick and easy listen

I enjoyed the entire book. I didn't have the PDF files handy during the exercise portion, but the explanations were clear enough for me to follow along with/visualize. Love all of the ideas that Katy brings up and that the information is easily digestible. Good narration and I appreciated the humor.

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  • lisa328
  • 02-03-17

Content interesting but delivery lacking

While an advantage to listening to this or any book is that it can be done while partaking in other activities, such as walking (as the book encourages), this is not a great book to listen to as the detailed descriptions of very specific exercises and movements is very difficult to envision. I don't know if the printed version incorporates illustrations, but it should. Also, unfortunately I found the author's voice and tone distracting. I believe the content was interesting and relevant (in a written & illustrated format), but the delivery was lacking.

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  • Olavi Saarikoski
  • 01-12-16

exceptional and daring

This book is something I have been looking for a long time! As an ex-gymnast and circus artist who has broken down his body by misuse I have been looking for the correct way to use my body as a human being and Katy's book nails it. There's no strict programs for balanced body, far from it! This book is a must for those who wish to understand their bodies and acchieve a healthy temple to inhabit.

PS. there comes a pdf with the book with all the pictures. You can find it from the audible website: log in, check your library and click the PDF under move your DNA.

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  • Ingrid
  • 27-11-16

Excellent

As a personal trainer and yoga instructor, I found this book to be helpful & likely useful to laymen as well. She has bloopers at the end that you might need to be in the mood for to listen to, but otherwise everything was good and I see myself listening to it again as well as giving it as a gift to select clients who I hope will be inspired to move their butts.

She goes into detail of different body parts with keen and insightful awareness that hopefully many will also appreciate as I did. It's important to use precise terms and I agree with much of what she writes.

I'm looking forward to her evolution and next book assuming she will continue her research and study.

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