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Stretching Your Hip Flexors for Greater Stability and Pain Prevention

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Tue Feb 20th, 2018, 5 comments

Stretching Your Hip Flexors for Greater Stability and Pain Prevention

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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Exponentially Improve Your Running and Walking with Imagery

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Dec 4th, 2017, 1 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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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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Four Core Strengthening Exercises to Improve Your Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Apr 5th, 2016, 6 comments

Four Core Strengthening Exercises to Improve Your Running

Ensure that your running is healthy, proper and free of injury with these essential stretches. We even laid them out pre and post run, so you can make sure you have a stress free (and injury free) run!

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Chi Running into Springtime with Good Technique

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Mar 14th, 2016, 4 comments

Chi Running into Springtime with Good Technique

I've been training a bit more this spring; a few days of running, as well as cycling, and some circuit training work on the trails. Not to mention plenty of gardening and working in the yard! All of this movement has made me remember what the pain-free Chi Running and Chi Walking techniques have taught me about how to move my body.  Read more...

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The Search for the Perfect Running Stride

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Oct 14th, 2015, 14 comments

The Search for the Perfect Running Stride

I'll be the first to admit… I'd love to have the perfect running stride. Is there really a perfect stride?

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One Thing to Make Your Running So Much Easier

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Sep 30th, 2015, 8 comments

One Thing to Make Your Running So Much Easier

You can make running easier…after all, why push yourself down the road when you can be pulled…by gravity, that is.

In our last workshop some people found it difficult to let go and let gravity do its job. Whether it’s a mindset that says you need to work hard, or legs that want to be tree stumps and not loose like noodles, the hardest part of ChiRunning® is learning to relax and let go.

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