065: Walking for fitness and movement longevity with Katy Bowman and Jill Miller

You guyyyyyyys. This is my podcast fan girl moment. When I first started scheming the idea of creating a podcast, Katy Bowman was at the top of my mental interview dream sheet. I’d recently found her work with everything I experienced with Diastasis Recti and was a huge fan. I’d read two of her books, listened to countless podcast interviews with her, and wanted to soak up as much knowledge as possible. From her work, I also discovered Jill Miller. The two of them have similar philosophies and teaching styles, but each have a superhuman amount of knowledge and wisdom to share. They collaborated to create the Walking Well program and make quite a powerhouse team together.

AND they’re on the podcast this week!!

Needless to say, when I recorded this interview with them, I was super nervous. I was trying to keep it together but couldn’t help but feel the creeping dread of imposter syndrome. They’re on another planet when it comes to movement and how the body operates and as an already awkward person, I felt like a bit of a goober interviewing them. BUT I did it! And they shared so many amazing tips and bits of advice in this episode. It’s one of my favorite *beefy* podcast episodes and I hope you enjoy hearing from them as much as I did.

Here’s what we talk about:

– Walking as a personal fitness program as well as a family-friendly ‘move more’ activity. The importance of walking, especially for people who tend to choose higher impact activities.

– The importance of alignment while carrying kids and/or their gear. What are the best ways to manage that?

– Any tips to encourage kids to walk with you and enjoy it?

– Why do some very fit people struggle with long walks? It could be because of the law of specificity in exercise, because of poor alignment, weak feet on strong bodies)

– Why is walking so good for postpartum bodies?

– And a Q & A segment from those of you who chimed in on Instagram (how many steps should we aim for each day, how to get back into yoga postpartum, tips for healing plantar fasciitis while remaining active)

Here’s a bit about Katy and Jill if you aren’t familiar with their work:

Katy Bowman, M.S., is a biomechanist, a movement educator, the creator of Nutritious Movement and the award-winning author of many books, including “Move Your DNA” and “Dynamic Aging”. An America Walks “Woman of the Walking Movement”, Bowman consults on educational and living space design to encourage movement-rich habitats. She has worked with companies like Patagonia as well as non-profits to ensure diverse socioeconomic groups benefit from her “move more, move more of your parts, move more in your life” message.  Her site is www.nutritiousmovement.com.

Jill Miller, C-IAYT, ERYT is the cofounder of Tune Up Fitness Worldwide, creator of the self-care fitness formats Yoga Tune Up and The Roll Model Method and author of the best-selling book on myofascial release “The Roll Model”. With more than 30 years of study in anatomy and movement, Miller has developed fitness programming for major gym chains such as Equinox, 24 Hour Fitness and Yoga Works, as well as Fortune 500 corporate clients and professional sports teams. She is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in forging relevant links between the worlds of fitness, yoga, massage, athletics and pain management. Her site is www.tuneupfitness.com.

Resources from this episode:

Check out their Walking Well video course here!! I’m making my way through the program now and already highly recommend it. If you’re looking to build your foundation and focus on movement longevity, the link to sign up is here. I’ll post a full blog review once I’ve made my way through all of the content!

Connect with Katy on Instagram here and Jill on Instagram here. 

Move Your DNA podcast.

Check out the Tune Up Fitness YouTube channel for hundreds of helpful videos.

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