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  • Move Your DNA

  • Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement
  • Written by: Katy Bowman
  • Narrated by: Katy Bowman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

”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!

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

©2014 Katy Bowman (P)2014 Katy Bowman

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These kind of functional movement books would be better served with some accompanying video to help visually explain some of the positions or stretches etc. Overall I love the concept and Bowman's niche. Get outside in your bare feet and walk people!

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Very Informative and Eye Opening

I really enjoyed this book and got a lot out of it.
It is a little technical so you have to be paying attention when you read or listen to it.
I listened to it on my walks and now I am going to get the hard copy to help visualize the exercises better and I am also going to listen to it again to catch anything I missed.
These techniques make so much sense and I truly believe we can be healthier human beings if we can follow the practices that are mentioned in this book.
Thumbs up to the author for all her research.

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Life Changing

This book is nutrient dense!Expect to have to listen to it at least a couple of times. So many gems here, but it’s already helping me understand (and do something about) my body pain. And listen to the very end - it cracked me up!!

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  • AMC
  • 2018-11-23

Simply Awesome!

Very informative and educational and most of all useful! A definite read for anyone. Katy is clear, understandable and even funny at times!

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Katy Moves Us!

Rare. Intelligent. Profound. Practical. Complex ideas distilled simply to change your life in an everyday way. It's hard to capture the value of the insightful and expansive notions that resonate at the deepest intuitive level with a review in words. You need to move through it. Katy's work makes it possible!

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  • Sara
  • 2016-01-17

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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  • 2015-05-25

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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  • 2017-05-04

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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  • Jennifer Brenneman
  • 2015-03-30

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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  • andrew
  • 2015-01-06

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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  • David Soto Jr.
  • 2015-03-11

Not as good as the book!

What made the experience of listening to Move Your DNA the most enjoyable?

Love Katy's voice. There is so much info, it was good to be able to get it audibly while I walked.

What other book might you compare Move Your DNA to and why?

I don't know of any book like it.

Which character – as performed by Katy Bowman – was your favorite?

KATY... of course!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I did! It was a relief to hear that what I had believed all these years had science behind it.

Any additional comments?

The information is solid but to get the whole experience you have to get the print version. Pictures!! There are lots of pictures! And they are very helpful. You will use them over and over again as you practice the movements she recommends.

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  • Brian Turnwald
  • 2014-10-07

Fabulous content and entertaining to boot!

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

Walk, squat, MOVE!

What does Katy Bowman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Katy's narration is the best I've heard. She brings what could be a dense, scientific (i.e. boring) subject to life with passionate expression and witty humor...all the way to the VERY end!

Any additional comments?

Definitely an eye-opening book. I was already very much into quality food and the effects of good nutrition on health, but was surprised to learn in this book the detail about movement mechanics and the effects of movement on health all the way to the cellular level.

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  • Ana Guardia
  • 2014-11-08

For health and excellence

Would you listen to Move Your DNA again? Why?

This is a really fun book to listen, it teaches you about your body and about the human condition. Katie really want's you to walk while you listen and you should, so be prepared.
Our lives are getting away from the true nature of our bodies and we are detaching ourself from our being.

Please read this to become a better human.

Any additional comments?

I'm thinking of ordering the paper book anyway just to have the images for the exercises, but that's just me.

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  • Patty
  • 2015-02-26

This explains a lot in ways I've never heard

Thanks, this is truly an eye opener for me on my parts and how my everyday movements influence my body in every way. I have already begun my awareness with better walking patterns, squatting movements and moves. Great book!

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  • Ida
  • 2017-05-10

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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  • anja bolbjerg
  • 2017-08-20

Awesome book

Every orthopedic surgeon should read this book to gain an understanding of the body they are working with.