July 2017 Blog Archive - Chi Running

The Conscious Process of Positive Change

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

The Conscious Process of Positive Change

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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Cross Training for ChiRunners

Posted by Danny Dreyer A on Tue Jul 11th, 2017, 0 comments

Cross Training for ChiRunners

I am not a huge believer in cross-training for running. I do believe in cross training if you have some weakness in your musculature that is affecting your ability to run efficiently and uninjured. In this case you need to strengthen those areas. I am also a huge believer in cross training to keep your mind interested in fitness, your body in good shape so that you can live a full life, and your spirit enriched by a consistent fitness routine.

I don’t just run. I practice T’ai Chi, regularly. I actively garden as often as I can. I ride bikes (more like a kid, for fun, than for serious training). Katherine and I walk after dinner and kayak when we can. I play 4-square and tennis with my daughter. I have meditated regularly mornings and evenings for most of my adult life. I consider meditation to be part of my cross training because it is where I practice focusing, being fully present, and being an astute observer of my inner self. My meditation practice supports my running and vice versa.

To be the best runner you can be, practice refining the fundamentals of your running technique all day long. Make good posture and deep relaxation a part of every thing you do, from sitting at your desk to washing the dishes. That is my very best cross training advice.

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I'm so excited that I'm compelled to write! I lost 65 pounds last year and I've spent the year doing step aerobics, weightlifting and various dance/excercise classes, some pilates, some yoga, etc.  

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