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10 Things to do Before and After Your Runs to Shorten Recovery Time

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Nov 30th, 2016, 0 comments

10 Things to do Before and After Your Runs to Shorten Recovery Time

How many times have you gone out for a run and felt like your legs were made of concrete, or worse? Well, let me clue you in on a little secret. They might not feel so bad from something you did as from something that you didn't do. Many people don't realize that it's important to treat your legs well during the time between runs in order to optimize the enjoyment of your workouts.

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The Wisdom, Power and Gentleness of T’ai Chi as a Roadmap for Life

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue Nov 1st, 2016, 0 comments

The Wisdom, Power and Gentleness of T’ai Chi as a Roadmap for Life

The fundamental principles that make T’ai Chi the “mother of all martial arts” present us with a skill set to live and grow by. Bring these ancient guidelines to bear on your everyday choices and improve the quality of your whole life. Join ChiLiving®, ChiRunning® and ChiWalking® founders, Katherine and Danny Dreyer, at their first-ever ChiLiving Workshop at the Omega Institute September 17th-22nd, 2017.

Many people have said ChiRunning has changed their life, not just because of the running, but because they transferred their experience and knowledge to the rest of their life. You can apply these principles to: parenting, health and fitness, career, relationships, creative expression, spiritual exploration...wherever your life needs to be rebalanced and supported.

Learn to approach life as a T’ai Chi Master would, focused in your intent, centered in your physical and personal integrity, clear, open and innately responsive to the world around you.

Katherine and Danny Dreyer are teachers, speakers and co-authors of ChiRunning, ChiWalking and ChiMarathon (Simon & Schuster). With a global presence of Certified Instructors in over 25 countries, they have taught thousands of students the art of intelligent movement. Their mission is to offer innovative tools that create real change and a higher quality lifestyle.

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The Health Benefits of T’ai Chi

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Oct 18th, 2016, 5 comments

The Health Benefits of T’ai Chi

T’ai Chi is short for Tai chi chuan, which is a gentle form of martial arts based on the movements of animals. It combines deep diaphragmatic breathing with flowing, dance-like poses where practitioners focus on body alignment and movement through a set of specific moves. The practice can be a remarkably thorough way for people of many ages to learn mind-body focus, deep relaxation, breathwork, balance and strength. All this while still being gentle on the body and calming to the mind. The goals of T’ai Chi are to gain a relaxed body, a focused mind and to increase the flow of one’s Chi, or lifeforce energy.

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10 Tips for Newbie Runners

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Oct 5th, 2016, 4 comments

10 Tips for Newbie Runners

Running is often misunderstood, especially by runners new to the sport. Some may think it’s too hard, while others think it’s something to just throw yourself into (which can be tough on your joints). The truth is, as with any workout, it’s going to feel harder without proper technique. Here are ten must-try tips that will help you through everything from sore knees to a lack of motivation.

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Learning New Sports & Brain Health

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue Sep 13th, 2016, 3 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, 2 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, 3 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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