Alignment really is something you learn (and absorb) in layers. Take your time, enjoy the journey and celebrate every small change you sense in yourself. Are you finding that you are now stopping to check in with how you are standing, sitting, moving - multiple times a day? That is a huge step towards optimal movement health. Especially if you then slide your hips back and calf stretch at the same time! Do you feel like you want to know more now? There is so much more available. I have a range of books and DVD's you can borrow too, but here are some ways you can get going right now!
Below are my recommendations for some places to go to next, depending on your preferred mode of learning.
Nutritious Movement offers more than 70 free podcasts about optimising your health. They are on a range of topics and are great to download before heading off on a walk.
Click here to go straight to the free link.
Biomechanist Katy Bowman MS has a brilliant blog with information on just about every aspect of movement health that you can think of. Simply type in your focus and many possibilities will emerge (including some of the podcasts).
Click here to be taken straight to Katy's blog.
This is Katy's latest offering and it is a true, all ages gem. What if your lack of mobility isn't due to your age, but simply the number of years you haven't been moving well? Dynamic Aging presents a new paradigm in senior fitness: your age isn't responsible for your lack of mobility; your habits are! In this powerful and effective guide to moving better, geared specifically for those 50-plus, biomechanist and movement teacher Katy Bowman details how readers can regain their balance, maintain their ability to drive, keep their feet healthy and functional, and regain mobility and reduce pain throughout their bodies.
Co-written with four students who became teachers, all in their 70's and 80's and all offering practical wisdom about the proven potential for actually gettting stronger and feeling better as you age.
Whole Body Barefoot
This book will help you understand how all body issues are whole body issues and how to start taking great care of yourself from the ground up. Barefoot enthusiasts say ditching your shoes is essential for optimal whole-body function. Doctors say minimalist shoes cause injury. Who's right? In Whole Body Barefoot, biomechanist Katy Bowman explains how both sides are right and wrong by broadening the perspective of over-simplified "shoes are good" or "shoes are bad" arguments. Using evolutionary-based and biomechanics arguments, Bowman demonstrates that shoes, in a modern context, have purpose, but that the trade-off for protection can be reduced whole-body health if we don't pick the right shoes for our body and skill-level. If you are ready to learn more but would like a small taste - not the whole kit and kaboodle - then this book is for you.
Move Your DNA
Move Your DNA is the ultimate resource for understanding how our movements up until now may be linked to many modern ailments. It 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. From couch potatoes to professional athletes, new parents to seniors, this text is one that you will want to read many times.
You've heard me talk about alignment being the key to your core strength and pelvic floor health. This is the book that explains in more detail just what that means. Whether you have a Diastasis Recti, a hernia, digestive or breathing issues. Or maybe you just thought you had to hold your belly in to protect your spine. Read this book.
With over 30 exercises and habit modifications, this book presents a whole-body corrective program to address the forces overloading the core in the first place.
Diastasis Recti is for any man or woman wanting to improve both the appearance and the function of their abdomen. It delivers the information and the program to get stronger without crunches!
Foot Pain Relief
Don't just treat your foot pain strengthen your feet to prevent it. Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief will show you how to change the way you move your body to prevent pain, heal your feet, and halt damage to the rest of your body.
Katy's innovative program will help you naturally address lower-leg and foot issues such as Hammertoes, Bunions, Plantar fasciitis, Poor posture and Alignment.
Katy walks you gently through exercises to strengthen your feet, what shoes you should (and should not) be wearing, and how these choices affect your overall foot — and whole
-body — health.
Don't Just Sit There
Are you looking for a practical program that can help you get stronger during your working day? This concise book provides the explanation for many of our chair based health problems along with the tools you need to thrive in the workplace.
It explores whether sitting really is the problem, or whether something else going on.
Is getting better as simple as kicking over your chair and standing all day in front of the same computer, under the same fluorescent lighting or is there something more to be learned from the data about how people work best? 'Don't Just Sit There' provides corrective exercise and lifestyle solutions to help you safely and effectively transition away from the conventional office set-up allowing you to reap the enormous benefits of moving more throughout the day while getting your work done.
DVD HOME PROGRAMS
There are many to choose from on the Nutritious Movement TM website. They are all good, but these two new ones are my current favourites. You can buy them as instant downloads, which is the best value - but if you prefer a DVD then they are available too.
Daily Movement Multivitamin
This is a great all rounder program. There are a range of bonus sections and a printable program.
The program itself is divided into two sections which total about 1 hour.
Nutritious Movement For A Healthy Pelvis
This comprehensive program is aimed at an increasingly common range of pelvic issues (urinary incontinence, prostate issues, pelvic pain, and pelvic organ prolapse to name a few). It features targeted exercises and lifestyle modifications
for better movement.
OTHER WAYS TO LEARN
We all have our own preferred information absorption style. Some of us like to hear, take notes, watch, do and/or read.
So hit the Road Jack! You can load up your podcasts and talking books and practice while you learn. Most of Katy's books are available on Audible. Hard copies are also available for those of you who prefer a physical book. You can access our online store here.