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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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How Does Sitting Affect Your Running?

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Sun Jan 25th, 2015, 3 comments

We all sit too much. We sit all day at work, at the movies, at meals, driving the car… there is never a shortage of opportunities to sit. As a result, we're becoming increasingly unfit because of this sedentary aspect of our lifestyle.

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7 Daily Habits to Create Real Change in Your Life

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Jan 12th, 2015, 3 comments

During the Holidays I spent some time looking back over the past year trying to glean whatever lessons I could, to bring some fresh life into the year ahead. One thing I'm clearly aware of is that, with all the strife in the world surrounding us, we are all being asked to act in a more human and humane way… towards others as well as towards ourselves. I

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Add Power Breathing to Your Chi Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Dec 23rd, 2014, 2 comments

Add Power Breathing to Your Chi Running

What's the best use of your breath when Chi Running? Of course, everybody breathes when they run. But, how many people actually use their breath? Is there a way to get more from your breathing than just another lungful of air to fuel your muscles? The answer is a definite YES!    read more...

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A Small Trick to Avoiding Knee Injuries

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Dec 15th, 2014, 7 comments

A Small Trick to Avoiding Knee Injuries

If you've never had any knee pains from running, you're one of the few, lucky people who haven't. Count your blessings and go find something else to read. But, if you're like the rest of us who have dealt with some form of "runner's knee," here's a pretty easy way to prevent the most common impact injuries to the knee. read more...

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MINDFUL MONDAY: Another Step Towards Effortlessness, Injury-free Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Dec 8th, 2014, 2 comments

One of the main things I see inefficient runners do, is swing their legs in a low, pendular swing. If your foot swings forward as it meets the oncoming road, that braking motion creates an impact felt in your knees, hips and lower back. This braking motion not only creates more impact to your body, it makes your muscles work harder than is necessary. In the Chi Running method, the most efficient leg swing is one in which your foot swings rearward the instant it hits the ground. In the best case scenario, it's actually moving rearward at the same speed as the oncoming road. This creates the least amount of braking and horizontal impact at the moment of touchdown.

So, how do you keep from swinging into the road and get your foot to come straight down onto the road?

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MINDFUL MONDAY: The Need for Speed, and the Angst of Effort

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Dec 1st, 2014, 3 comments

Back in the days before Chi Running, whenever I thought about running faster, my mind would immediately slip into fear mode. OMG, it's so much work… I'm going to be breathing really hard… I don't have enough strength… it's going to be so much EFFORT!

Sound familiar?

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Running With Less Impact

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Nov 24th, 2014, 3 comments

In Chi Running, one of our basic goals is injury prevention. You can basically divide almost all running injuries (outside of accidents) to one of two categories: overuse and impact. I've never taken the time to study which one creates more injuries, but I'd be curious to find out. Today I'm talking about impact.

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MINDFUL MONDAY:  Can Minimalist Shoes Really be Blamed for Running Injuries?

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Nov 17th, 2014, 8 comments

I'm sure that many of you have heard of the lawsuit incurred by Vibram for claiming that wearing their minimalist shoes would help strengthen you body and make you run better. Because of this lawsuit, many so-called experts are trying to tie injury-rates from minimalist shoes to the fault of the shoes, or even to the manufacturer. This is misleading, at best.

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Chi Running 2.0: The Next Level

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Nov 10th, 2014, 0 comments

Since the early days of Chi Running and Chi Walking, I've come to trust these two powerful activities to be the perfect classrooms for me to learn more about myself. Here's how.

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