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Learning New Sports & Brain Health

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue Sep 13th, 2016, 2 comments

Learning New Sports & Brain Health

It’s no shock that learning a new hobby can strengthen your brain. However, when we think of learning new hobbies we often think of “intellectual” pursuits - such as learning a new language or learning how to write a story.

These intellect-driven hobbies are proven to increase white matter in the brain, which is incredibly beneficial. It helps our overall cognitive ability. However, it’s also been shown that learning new physical abilities can improve an incredibly important part of the brain - the motor cortex - which controls how we move.

So, by focusing only on learning “mental hobbies” we may be short changing ourselves, big time.

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September 2016 Instructor of the Month: Jane Tse

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Sep 7th, 2016, 1 comments

September 2016 Instructor of the Month: Jane Tse

JANE TSE, MASTER INSTRUCTOR AND REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF HONG KONG/CHINA

A Canadian Chinese brought up in Hong Kong, Jane worked in the fields of training consultant and project management for over 20 years. ChiRunning found Jane through through a close friend who was amazed by the concept of using Chi in running. She read the ChiRunning book and started practicing by herself, and noticed there was something profound in the technique and decided to learn it from the masters.

ChiRunning’s effortless running concept has totally changed Jane's approach to body movement and training.  After practicing ChiRunning, running injuries and long recovery time became history. Jane believes that combining her training profession with her passion for running is a gift to her life, and when she sees smiling faces on her students, she feels the energy and happiness radiating from within.

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Back to School Fitness

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Aug 30th, 2016, 1 comments

Back to School Fitness

It’s Fall Training time, and not just for adults but for kids and teens who are going back to school and gearing up for their favorite sports. From soccer to X-C, to field hockey and lacrosse, kids across the country are preparing to join the team.

The downside to all of this excitement is that many, if not most, of those students are ill prepared to meet the demands of coaches trying to whip them into their best shape before their first big game or meet. Coaches are notorious for handing out hard workouts to hopefully bring their charges into competitive shape in the  shortest amount of time. And, this means that many of those summer bodies will crash under the load. Most early-season injuries in running sports happen because of overuse injuries, meaning that many teenage bodies are being asked to work way beyond their current capacity… to an unsafe degree.

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Create a Family Fun Day Around Your Running or Walking

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Aug 3rd, 2016, 0 comments

Create a Family Fun Day Around Your Running or Walking

I don't know about you, but I love my running and walking times. But, sometimes it seems that I have to make a choice between hanging out with my family and giving myself the time to get a nice workout in my day. It's a choice I don't like making because either way I always feel a tinge of guilt or letdown around leaving some part of my life un-nurtured.

This dilemma doesn't just hold true for me. A lot of families are so busy nowadays that not only do the parents feel pulled in a thousand directions, but the kids do too. It seems in the past that families at least had dinner time together. But according to a recent survey done by the Food Marketing Institute, only 40% of American families eat dinner together, and then, not more than two or three times a week. Compare that to just a generation ago when close to 80% of families ate evening meals together regularly.

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Can 1-Minute Intervals Improve Your Health?

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Aug 3rd, 2016, 6 comments

Can 1-Minute Intervals Improve Your Health?

Quite often, the question we are asked is: How can I fit in a good training run in my busy schedule? Runners may be happy to learn that a new study suggests that you might not need that long of a run afterall. In fact, running a brief set of solid 60 second intervals can do as much to improve your conditioning as three quarters of an hour worth of moderate exercise.

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This Is Your Brain on Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Jul 19th, 2016, 2 comments

This Is Your Brain on Running

Ready, set, go!

Did you know that your brain benefits from your run before you even begin running? Yep. While the physical benefits of running are often talked about, the mental benefits are just as impressive. At ChiRunning, we often discuss the integration of running with your mind, body and spirit. Today, we’ll be looking at the “mind” in running, and what your brain experiences during each and every step.

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Run Faster Today with 4 Easy Steps

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Jul 12th, 2016, 3 comments

Run Faster Today with 4 Easy Steps

I can't tell you how many people come to ChiRunning workshops and tell me that all they want to do is get a little faster. This isn't just your average college hot shot. These are 45, 55 and even 65-year-old recreational runners. Most of them feel that no matter what they do, they don't seem to ever get any faster.

I was thinking about this when I was out on my run this morning and I came up with four things you can do to start getting faster today.

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July 2016 Instructor of the Month: Angela James

Posted by Super Admin on Wed Jun 22nd, 2016, 6 comments

July 2016 Instructor of the Month: Angela James

ANGELA JAMES, MASTER INSTRUCTOR: VANCOUVER/WESTERN CANADA

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are”   Ancient Chinese Proverb

A native of England, with a background in Nursing and Midwifery from St Mary’s Hospital, London, Angela immigrated to Canada in 1983. She owned and operated a furniture business, importing Antiques from the UK which she ran successfully for over 20 years. Her custom-built commissioned pieces have become collectible in the city of Vancouver.

Sports have always played a big part in Angela’s life, including tennis squash, cycling, swimming and or course long distance running and walking. In 1996 Angela expanded her fitness program to include marathon running. She has since completed twenty marathons including Boston in 2004. Angela is a traveler and loves nothing better than meeting people in all walks of live from around the globe.In 2003 she found a way to combine her love of traveling and running and her care-giving nature by joining Team In Training, a fund-raising program that raises research money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by running marathons around the world.

Read more about Angela below and visit her website to see her workshop schedule.

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Expensive Running Shoes are Not Better, Study Shows

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Jun 1st, 2016, 5 comments

Expensive Running Shoes are Not Better, Study Shows

The topic of shoes is always a hot topic and I just read about a study that adds even more fuel to the fire. Here's a very interesting study done by the good folks at http://www.runrepeat.com The t.itle itself is even guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows: Expensive Running Shoes Are Not Better Than More Affordable Running Shoes (Study).

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10 Yoga Poses to Make You a Better Runner

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue May 24th, 2016, 5 comments

Yoga takes stress head-on with a whole-body workout that relaxes the body and mind. But did you know that doing yoga postures also packs perks for runners?

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A Chi Running Love Letter

Just wanted to let you know I am working on the elements of Chi Running and I am already noticing a difference.

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