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The Quickest Way to Improve Your Running with a Metronome

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Oct 10th, 2017, 0 comments

The Quickest Way to Improve Your Running with a Metronome

Your body thrives on rhythm… your heart beat, your breath rate, your love for dancing, are all based on rhythms in your body or that you've established in your life. The more rhythms you establish, the better your body likes it.

When you're body has a rhythm to follow it doesn't work as hard. It knows what to do and when to do it. If you go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning, your body experiences a rhythm... "now I get to rest, now it's time to get up."

One rhythm I'm acutely aware of when I run, is my cadence…the number of strides I take per minute. I have found that most people do best when they run with a steady rhythmical cadence. It varies slightly from person to person based on height, body structure and personality type, but the optimal cadence for humans, seems to fall between 170-180 strides per minute.

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5 Great Tips for Healthy Feet for ChiRunners and ChiWalkers

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Sep 27th, 2017, 0 comments

5 Great Tips for Healthy Feet for ChiRunners and ChiWalkers

It amazes me that we, as human beings, pay so little attention to the daily health of our feet. But, what amazes me even more is how little attention runners and walkers put into having healthy feet. It's not like they're a body part that gets seldom used. In fact, I would say that they are one of the most important parts of our body… right up there with the heart, lungs and brain.
Because they are literally, "where the rubber meets the road" our feet are one of the most common places where running and walking injuries happen. They are the farthest from our core and contain some of the smallest muscles in our ambulatory system. And, for these reasons they are some of the most overused muscles, and over-impacted bones and joints, in the human body.

So, when I talk about taking care of your feet, the best way to take care of those tootsies is to use them as little as possible… and everybody's goal should be to never require more from all those tiny little parts than they are designed to provide.
What does that look like?

Here are 5 ways to gain that enlightened state of "Happy Feet," as Steve Martin would say.

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ChiLiving Blog - The Conscious Process of Positive Change Part 3: Understanding, Resolution, Action

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Thu Aug 17th, 2017, 0 comments

ChiLiving Blog - The Conscious Process of Positive Change Part 3: Understanding, Resolution, Action

Nothing is so wonderful as those “aha” moments when understanding dawns upon you and suddenly bewilderment and confusion disappear into a moment of clarity and insight.

There is a sense of relief at the resolution of whatever problem you were contemplating; an almost startled awakening to an understanding that is new and complete unto itself. It is a body-mind experience that can overtake all of your awareness in that moment. It is the Einstein moment of  “getting it”.

You can create the conditions for this kind of understanding. Just follow the yellow brick road that starts with awareness and acceptance.

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ChiLiving Blog: The Conscious Process of Positive Change, Part 1

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Jul 26th, 2017, 0 comments

ChiLiving Blog: The Conscious Process of Positive Change, Part 1

Life does not stand still. No matter how we try to stop it, change occurs and time carries life forward like the steady flow of a river.

So even without our conscious effort, change happens.

But there are many times when we want that change to take a certain direction; we’d like a particular outcome. Running is a great example. Without conscious effort, running can often degrade into injury. The 65% injury rate is a testament to that.

And, with conscious attention, it doesn’t have to be that way. You most certainly can learn to run or walk or eat or talk or listen in a way that does not degrade your quality of life, but in a way that increases the potential for enjoyment, for feeling healthy, for expressing yourself in a positive way, for feeling deeply nourished physically and in your relationships.

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Personality Test for Runners

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Thu Jul 20th, 2017, 0 comments

Personality Test for Runners

“Your biography becomes your biology.”

Judge your personality or place in life based upon how you run.  As a more fit and modern palm reader, ask your friend, spouse or take it upon yourself to take off a shoe and read into a sole.  Instead of looking at hand lines and wrinkles, learn how your experiences and attitudes shape the movement of your body.

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Mindful Fitness: A Guide to Incorporating Mindfulness Into Your Daily Workout Routine

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Jul 18th, 2017, 0 comments

Mindful Fitness: A Guide to Incorporating Mindfulness Into Your Daily Workout Routine

Mindful Fitness: A Guide to Incorporating Mindfulness Into Your Daily Workout Routine
- a guest post from Jesse Silkoff, of FitnessTrainer.com

 

These days, our minds are constantly running in the background. Where did I put my keys? Did anyone like my post yet? Am I going to be late on that project? We’re juggling so many thoughts and distractions that it’s safe to say that our brains get the best workout of any part in our body.

But all that static starts to take a toll: stress and anxiety can hasten the onset of aging-related memory issues, and in the short-term, contributes to unhealthy behaviors like overeating and disrupted sleep.

So we’re pretty tense as a nation, on the whole. And for many of us, exercise is our go-to stress management strategy. Many Americans use their fitness routine as their chief stress reduction technique. And it’s no wonder: multiple studies report that physical activity relieves anxiety and lowers the stress response in the body.

Mindfulness practice offers many of these same benefits. Mindful meditation has been shown to be an effective technique to manage anxiety and depression, because it teaches participants to recognize harmful recurring thoughts and acknowledge destructive patterns. Knowing that both mindful meditation and exercise help soothe stress and anxiety, is it possible to harness both methods at once? The answer is a resounding “yes!” Here’s how to do it.

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Limitations: Redefining How You Meet Them and Beat Them

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Jun 6th, 2017, 0 comments

Limitations: Redefining How You Meet Them and Beat Them

We all feel the restriction of our human limitations. On the physical level, pain and fatigue let us know when we’re getting close to that threshold where, as we go further or push harder, it could mean either a breakthrough or an injury. On the emotional level, it could manifest as fear, nervousness or sweaty hands. I run into it on the mental level all the time when I draw a blank.

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Stress Management: 5 Ways ChiRunning Can Help

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Jan 18th, 2017, 0 comments

Stress Management: 5 Ways ChiRunning Can Help

This time of year can be an extremely confusing period for many people. Riding the wave of the holidays, we can lose ourselves in deep interactions with family and friends.  But once January hits, a wave of simultaneous stress and exhaustion washes over us. This year in particular has left many feeling apprehensive for what the future holds.

For managing stress, ChiRunning is uniquely suited to help - not only to relieve stress, but to reorient the mind and body to one another, promoting true revitalization and peace. Though all aspects of ChiRunning can be utilized with great results, these five aspects stand out among the rest...

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Cultivate and Direct your Chi in the New Year

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Dec 28th, 2016, 3 comments

Cultivate and Direct your Chi in the New Year

No matter your New Year’s Resolution, or lack thereof, there is one thing that everyone needs more of: focused, clear, directed life force – Chi.

Take a moment and feel the rise and fall of chest and belly as you breathe. Do it for 3-5 breaths. Now, feel the slight buzz of alive energy in your arms and legs. Notice whatever your skin is touching: your clothes, the chair you’re sitting on, your feet on the ground. None of those sensations would be available to you without Chi, the life-giving energy that is in every cell of your body.

Every moment that you turn your awareness to this foundational energy that imbues your body with life, you are cultivating and enhancing that life force. Chi follows your mind’s attention, moves with it, and grows from its attention like a plant that soaks up the sun’s rays.

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The Art of Eating Well

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Dec 14th, 2016, 1 comments

The Art of Eating Well

Recently Danny and I went to Trader Joe’s and were literally bombarded with the most beautiful and tempting displays of sweets and chocolate and candy of every kind. I felt my craving for sugar take over my whole mind and body, shouting at me, “This is what you need to celebrate the holidays…lots of SUGAR!!!”
I was made almost senseless by the battle between the desire to buy all kinds of sweets and the knowing that I don’t feel great when I eat more than just a little bit of sugar.
It is said that sugar is as addictive as crack cocaine. I believe it.
The question is, how to celebrate and not overdo. Isn’t part of celebrating indulging oneself just a bit?
What I’d like to suggest is that we can get inspired by Dickens and Tchaikovsky and we can make art of eating well. What great art does is take almost anything and make it sublime, the ultimate, the quintessential, so that you fully appreciate and enjoy even the simple and humble. Look at Van Gogh’s Chair, a simple, common item brought to the heights of human sensibility

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A Chi Running Love Letter

I wanted to take a minute to thank Danny and everyone involved at Chi Running. On January 1st 2010 I limped off the Buckeye Trail in NE Ohio with another pulled calf muscle, I have to admit I was done running. 

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