BY Katy Bowman with Joan Virginia Allen, Shelah M. Wilgus, Lora Woods, Joyce Faber
As seen on the Today Show, Dynamic Aging isn’t that same old “senior fitness,” “senior stretching,” “senior strength” book you’ve seen again and again. This book is about using simple exercises to feel better and get back to living vitally no matter your age.
“Don’t blame your age if you’re feeling creaky. It could just be the way you’re using (or not using) your body.” ―Washington Post on Dynamic Aging as a “Book for the Ages”
Movement is a powerful tool and changing how you move can change how you feel, no matter your age. Dynamic Aging is an exercise guide geared to an over 50 audience that includes:
- 30+ illustrated exercises
- Moves for pain-free feet and strong hips
- better balance and getting over the fear of falling
- how to improve sitting, standing, and walking posture
- go from stiff shoulders to arms that can reach, carry, and lift
- how to stay fit to drive
- tips for moving more in daily life
Alongside Bowman’s exercise and alignment instructions are stories and advice of four women over seventy-five who began this program over a decade ago. Along the way they found recommended surgeries unnecessary, regained strength and mobility, and ended up moving more than they did when they were 10 years younger.
From hiking in the mountains to climbing ladders and walking on cobblestones with ease, each of these women embodies the book’s message: No matter where you’re starting, if you change how you move, you can change how you feel.
“Dynamic Aging: Simple Exercises for Whole-Body Mobility will prove to be an enduringly necessary, valued, and popular addition to personal, family, and community library Health & Medicine collections in general, and physical mobility supplemental studies lists in particular.” ―Midwest Book Review
“It’s possible to be more fit and agile now than you were twenty years ago. The proof—and the plan for how to do it—is right in these pages.”
—Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and Goddesses Never Age
“We know that exercise is key for goldeners, but in Dynamic Aging, Bowman and her impressive coauthors go one step further. They show how movement, not just exercise, is key to living dynamically, well into your seventh, eighth, and ninth decades. Essential reading for both goldeners and the fitness professionals that work with them.” —Sandy Todd Webster, Editor in Chief, IDEA Fitness Journal
“Aging is not about age—poor movement habits age and derail us. Our vitality is never wholly lost and can be regained by coaching joints and muscles toward their ability to function optimally.” —Michele Olson, PhD, The Exercise Doctor, Professor of Exercise Physiology and a Fellow of the ACSM
“Although Dynamic Aging is aimed at readers ages 50 and above, it can be helpful to anyone who wishes to improve their balance and mobility. There is no magic wand here―effort is required―but Bowman and the Goldeners demonstrate how to incorporate these exercises into your everyday life. What a gift to be able to restore movement you thought you had lost for good!” ―Coast Weekend
“Dynamic Aging makes it clear it’s never too late to start moving BETTER. This easy-to-understand book is sure to benefit many who may have thought their days of moving with ease have passed.” —Tamilee Webb, MA, star of BUNS OF STEEL™ and author of The Original Rubber Band Workout
“Dynamic Aging shifts the conversation from exercising to moving. Her goldener coauthors are living proof this works, no matter when one starts. Aging is not a choice. How we age is!”
—Kathy Smith, fitness instructor and bestselling author of Moving Through Menopause
Bestselling author, speaker, and a leader of the Movement movement, biomechanist Katy Bowman, M.S. is changing the way we move and think about our need for movement. Her eight books, including the groundbreaking Move Your DNA, have been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide.
Bowman teaches movement globally and speaks about sedentarism and movement ecology to academic and scientific audiences such as the Ancestral Health Summit and the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Her work is regularly featured in diverse media such as the Today Show, CBC Radio One, the Seattle Times, the Joe Rogan Experience, and Good Housekeeping.
One of Maria Shriver’s “Architects of Change” and 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, Nike, and Google as well as a wide range of non-profits and other communities to create greater access to her “move more, move more body parts, move more for what you need” message.
Her movement education company, Nutritious Movement, is based in Washington State, where she lives with her family.