Fitness Files: Katy Bowman

Katy Bowman is helping to educate people about their pelvic health. She is a Biomechanist and the author of  (Move Your DNA, Don’t Just Sit There). Katy educates her clients about how, through sitting, standing, standing in heels, lying down, getting back up again, squatting, not squatting, breathing, and even dressing, we can alter our internal body parts up, down, and sideways. This can sometimes result in a gap.  Bowman's expertise offers preventative and corrective exercises for getting really strong (although not in a way you may be expecting), and enjoying life more. Continue reading to learn more about Katy and workout method. 

NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority?

KB: While I've always swam a lot, I was pretty much a book worm until I was 17. I started walking 4 miles to school and then back home again. My body felt great, but even moreso, I found I could think and relax during this time. I found myself going to the beach after I walked home just to be able to walk more. I knew nothing about fitness, but I joined a gym not too much longer and I met the StairMaster and aerobics classes. I decided I wanted to teach aerobics and did, all through college, which I majored in biomechanics (an option in the Kinesiology department).

To get a degree from this department, everyone had to pass a fitness test and so in addition to our courses, and to my already robust workouts, I added 4 hours a week of running, jumping, and strength-training. I was super-fit, but I didn't feel super-great, so I focused my graduate work on how being super-fit was different than being super healthy (too much exercise and not enough movement, in a nutshell) and from there (this was 10 years ago) I started building my entire lifestyle around movement. Not super intense workouts, but slowly replacing all my sedentary behaviors (driving my car too much, hitting the couch for hours each day) with low intensity, flexibility- increasing and strength-improving movements that left me fit AND healthy. 

NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?

KB: Avocados, fresh mint leaf tea with local honey, anything from my garden, eggs from my chickens.

NMF: How do you train your mind and stay motivated?

KB: I keep my perspective big. The state of my body affects the entire planet. If I'm not strong enough to walk to conduct my errands and I have to drive a car and use fuel. If my knees and hips and ankles get injured easily when I want to hike through nature, then I have to limit my movement to the gym--and all of that equipment costs the environment quite a bit! I invest in my own body so that I don't have to take from others, or the planet, unnecessarily. When I can frame movement in these terms, that movement is good for the environment, I don't have to convince myself to work out. Why wouldn't I want to?

NMF: How do you change your body?  What are your fitness favorites?
KB: Natural, nutritious movement, baby!

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