Whether it’s nutrients or movement, we’re obsessed with the minimum dosage, and Katy Bowman understands why. The biomechanist, founder of Nutritious Movement, creator of programs to restore comfortable daily movement, and author of eight books translated into multiple languages laughs when she says, “One of our basic biological laws is the law of conservation. I think that it is actually the natural expression of our human nature, to do as little as possible to get a task done.”
As humans have outsourced the movement that’s been a natural part of life for eons, we’ve had to come up with a replacement for this necessary phenomenon, she notes, and observes that we’ve introduced what we call “exercise” as a way to get the movement that our bodies are still designed to require—especially now that we drive to the store instead of planting, tending and harvesting our carrots or walking to get them from a neighbor or the farmers market. Bowman explains in her books Move Your DNA (expanded edition, Propriometrics Press, 2017) and Movement Matters (Propriometrics Press, 2016) that consequently, we think of movement only in terms of our workout—and not in terms of all the twisting, lifting, bending, pushing and pulling we’ve relegated to machines or to other people.
Without much natural movement left in our lives, we’re forced to focus on exercise and how much or how little of it we need—and what kind we should do—to fix the ills that come in the absence of movement. That’s not to mention the rise of diet-triggered inflammation that leads to chronic disease.