Leisure Management Volume 37 2018

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KATY BOWMAN In her latest book, Movement Matters, biomechanist and author Katy Bowman argues we are continually evolving to move less, as well as further from


nature. Kath Hudson finds out more

’ve had a few startling revelations since speaking to Katy Bowman about how the innocuous choices we make on a daily basis are leading to the human race becoming increasingly sedentary and further divorced from nature. Indeed, the more affluent we become, the worse it seems to get. We spend most of our lives in insulated boxes or heated moving boxes. The super-wealthy are even asking for beaches to be carpeted so as not to get sand on their feet (see interview with Aaron Simpson from

Quintessentially on page 32). Despite being an amateur triathlete, I was shocked to realise I fall into the active but sedentary category. I train four times a week, but spend about eight hours a day sitting down at a computer, and on an average day I only walk about 5,000 steps. “Maybe you walk a lot or ride your bike every day, but the latest research shows you can be actively sedentary,” says Bowman. “If you exercise an hour a day, seven days a week – and who does? – your total movement time equals 420 minutes, out of a possible 10,080. About 4 per cent of your time.

Health and fitness providers could offer more classes and activities outdoors


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