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Stretching Your Hip Flexors for Greater Stability and Pain Prevention

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue Feb 20th, 2018, 0 comments

While it is easier to remember the hamstrings, calves and quads, we should also take the time to lengthen and loosen our hip flexors. In this post, we highlight the importance of this muscle group and suggest a few easy stretches.

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February 2018 Instructor of the Month: Bernhard Schittich

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Fri Jan 26th, 2018, 0 comments

February 2018 Instructor of the Month: Bernhard Schittich

This month, we're featuring our new Regional Director for Germany, Bernhard Schittich! He has been an incredible supporter of ChiRunning Read more to learn about his history, his goals and why he loves ChiRunning so much...

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Feel Good Resolutions

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue Dec 26th, 2017, 0 comments

Feel Good Resolutions

No wonder people aren’t doing Resolutions. Too often we’re trying to “change” something about ourselves that we don’t like. “I’m overweight.” Unfortunately, this idea is too often accompanied by shame or blame or self loathing. It’s too much about “not good enough,” and not enough about what feels good.

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Exponentially Improve Your Running and Walking with Imagery

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Dec 4th, 2017, 0 comments

Exponentially Improve Your Running and Walking with Imagery

We've all heard about the use of guided imagery and visualization to help athletes perform better. It has been used by everyone from Olympic skaters and swimmers to pro football players. But, what I've discovered from my study of T'ai Chi, is how the Chinese have used imagery for centuries as an integral part of learning how to direct one's chi, as well as one's movement.

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5 Best Tips for Staying Healthy this Holiday Season

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Nov 14th, 2017, 0 comments

5 Best Tips for Staying Healthy this Holiday Season

Knowing that the Holidays can be a dietary minefield, here are 5 great tips for getting through this Holiday Season in great shape!

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November 2017 Instructor of the Month: Gray Caws

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue Nov 7th, 2017, 0 comments

November 2017 Instructor of the Month: Gray Caws

This month, we are featuring our amazing Master Instructor and Regional Director of ChiRunning UK, Gray Caws! He has been practicing and teaching ChiRunning since 2012 and is dedicated to keeping up on the most current health and fitness developments and continuing to improve his clients! Read on to learn about his history, his goals and why he loves ChiRunning so much...

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Keep Moving, for Your Brain’s Sake

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Nov 1st, 2017, 0 comments

Keep Moving, for Your Brain’s Sake

I know for myself that when I run I can think more clearly. It's where I mull over possible topics for blogs, or pick apart my latest running "Aha!" moment. I also use my running time to solve Life's problems. Then, when I come back home afterwards, I feel more grounded in my body. ... read more

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The Quickest Way to Improve Your Running with a Metronome

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Oct 10th, 2017, 2 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, 1 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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What a Real ChiRunner Looks Like

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Sep 20th, 2017, 0 comments

What a Real ChiRunner Looks Like

So, what does a real ChiRunner look like?

I get asked this question all the time, and the answer is actually twofold:

A: How does a real ChiRunner appear to you

B: How do they "feel" as they cruise past you?

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