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Dynamic Aging, by Kate Bowman.

December 11, 2017

Visions of Mary
Dynamic Aging, Simple Exercises for Whole-Body Mobility, by
Kate Bowman. Propriometrics Press, 2017.

4 stars

A book created to help the elderly, and others, get moving through a holistic understanding of how balance and mobility can be regained even while we are aging.

Kate Bowman is an expert teacher who combines scientific knowledge with the detailed experiences of real people trying to enhance their ability to move their bodies with painlessness and ease.  She has worked extensively with elderly people trying to regain and preserve their mobility.  In the process she has developed an understanding of how our bodies work and age. Her books and workshops help her share her knowledge. In Dynamic Aging, she partners with four women, now in their late 70s and early 80s, who have worked and trained with her for the past ten years.  Their stories provide details of their particular experiences.

In the first half of the book, Bowman and her co-authors take us through the entire body, discussing how aging can affect each component and what can be done to regain mobility.  Staring with the feet and working up, they offer suggestions for simple changes that can affect the balance and mobility of the whole body.  In the second half, they provided fuller descriptions of exercises and routines which readers can adopt.  Much of the value of the book, however, is the discussion of how simple, mindful adjustments in daily movements must play a role in meaningful changes.

I am not easily impressed with “exercise books,” but I was impressed with Dynamic Aging.  While I will not promise to follow all the guidance it offers, I have already started working with my feet which Bowman recognizes as the foundation of any improvement in mobility.

This book is a fine choice for anyone who wants to work with their body in simple holistic ways.  I recommend it especially for others who are aging.

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