Certified Since April 2012
Jill Burchmore is the owner of 180 Wellness, a company devoted to help people develop healthy habits in order to excel, prosper and succeed in all areas of life. As a ChiRunning instructor and coach, Jill teaches people safe running techniques so they can implement running and walking into their lives and overcome diseases like diabetes, obesity, anxiety, and high cholesterol.
Jill was very unhealthy in high school. She ran track but was so bad, she switched to the shot put. Jill entered college, suffered headaches and her academics were declining. After a routine visit to the doctor, Jill was told her cholesterol was high (258) and she was generally unhealthy. Later, she survived emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer. The ulcer was most likely caused by stress and anxiety and running has been a positive outlet to manage weight, stress and anxiety. At 19, she decided to turn her life around. She cut out sugars, bad fats, processed foods and ate more whole grains, lean meats and learned to love water. She began running and teaching aerobics. In turn, she had more energy, more focus, her headaches subsided and her grades improved. She lost 35 pounds and her cholesterol went down to 180. She made a vow to never go back.
Jill became passionate about running in 1997, after the birth of her first son. Again, she realized running was the easiest and fastest way to lose the baby fat and process the sometimes stressful times of motherhood. Running was an activity where she didn’t have to rely on anyone. All she needed was a jogger and a pair of running shoes.
After numerous years of running and racing, Jill was beginning to experience common runner’s injuries – IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, shin splints, you name it. She bought a bike and forced herself to cross train. She discovered ChiRunning in July 2011 when she was looking for a book to listen to while driving to Aspen to run a 5 mile race. The next morning, she applied all the ChiRunning techniques and ran her fastest 5 mile race in 39 minutes. Not only did she run fast and feel great, she also beat Lance Armstrong. She registered for a ChiRunning workshop in August and decided to take her education to the next level and become a certified instructor. She has been a Certified ChiRunning Instructor since April 2012. “ChiRunning has changed my life. It is my goal to be active every day for the rest of my life. ChiRunning makes that possible without the aches and pains. It is a continual practice and what I love most is sharing this knowledge with others.”
Jill has over 25 years experience working with people, sharing her story, building confidence and unlocking people’s fitness potential to make positive changes. She is from Aspen, Colorado and has lived in Telluride, Colorado with her husband and two sons since 1997. She is a Certified ChiRunning Instructor, RRCA Running Coach, Personal Trainer, and Passion Test Facilitator.
Jill specializes in teaching safe running techniques, setting up training schedules, helping people overcome roadblocks and fitting a healthy lifestyle into busy lives. She enjoys running, writing, cycling, swimming, hiking, yoga, reading, and spending time with her family. She is the published author of “Groovin’ in the Canyon”, an inspirational story about overcoming fear, living in the present moment and never passing up opportunity.
For more information on her business, please visit www.180HealthWellness.com