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Movement Matters: Essays on Movement Science, Movement Ecology, and the Nature of Movement Paperback – November 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Anna Call
March 2, 2017
Tying together ecological sustainability and modern lifestyles, this book focuses on the science of moving in healthy ways as a means of healing both the earth and the individual. Its heavy emphasis on healthy living generates a necessary bridge between personal well-being and the well-being of the whole environment, and is yet another strong voice in the general call for more active, mindful lifestyle choices.
Bowman, a biomechanist, does a fine job communicating the hidden significance of everyday acts, such as walking, sitting, and buying prepared food, in digestible sound bites. This is no dense academic treatise; it is written specifically to appeal to the average person, actively acknowledging commonly asked questions about activity and exercise. As in the case of walking overland versus walking on a treadmill, the author consistently calls for an entire way of life that incorporates movement and activity with being outdoors and interacting with nature. Exercise enthusiasts may find it especially interesting, but the advice seems tailored for the person whose gym membership and office job fail to inspire. It has potential broad reach and should not be ignored when building an alternate health collection.
The book is organized as a series of essays and grouped thematically. The three appendices contain useful information for anyone who is inspired by the content. Two of these three are concerned specifically with child rearing. Parenthood is a consistent theme throughout the book, though secondary to movement and ecology. The author introduces several examples that are anecdotal, based on her own children. Citations appear at the conclusion of each essay.
Movement Matters is a continuation in a popular trend toward a holistic approach to health and ecology. Ideal for nutritionists, fitness experts, and anyone seeking an all-around healthier lifestyle. --Foreword Reviews
Winner of a 2017 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award in the Essays category.
Movement Matters is a delight to read and will help every family. Its implications extend far beyond our individual lives. --Richard Louv, Author of Last Child in the Woods
About the Author
Partbiomechanist, part science communicator, and full-time mover, Katy Bowman haseducated hundreds of thousands of people on the role movement plays in the bodyand in the world. Blending
a scientific approach with straight talk aboutsensible, whole-life movement solutions, her website and award-winning podcast,Katy Says, reach hundreds of thousands of people every month, andthousands have taken her live classes.
Herbooks, the bestselling Move Your DNA, Movement Matters, and Diastasis Recti, Simple Steps to Foot PainRelief, Don't Just Sit There, Whole Body Barefoot, AlignmentMatters, and Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief, have beencritically acclaimed and translated worldwide.
Passionateabout human movement outside of exercise, Katy volunteers her time to supportthe larger reintegration of move-ment into human lives by providing movementcourses across widely varying demographics and working with non-profitspromoting nature education. She also directs and teaches at the NutritiousMovementTMCenter Northwest in Washington state, travels the globe to teachNutritious Movement courses in person, and spends as much time outside aspossible with her husband and children.
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Katy Bowman, IMHO, writes the best books on human movement and the different human lifestyles that are available to us. I have given some of her other books as Christmas gifts, and this will be my gift-giving choice this year.
I am doing my best to change my own life, but it is really hard. I did enjoy these essays very much.