ChiRunning: A Mindful Approach to Moving

From the Show: HER
Summary: Improve your running ability while inheriting a peace of mind.
Air Date: 11/13/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Danny Dreyer, Founder of ChiRunning
Danny DreyerDanny Dreyer is the founder of ChiRunning, a revolutionary approach to running that has been rocking the running world for the last 15 years.

His work is based on his study of T'ai Chi and his 45 years of running, racing and coaching people in energy efficiency, injury-prevention and "intelligent movement." Danny and his wife Katherine co-authored Chi Running, Chi Walking and Chi Marathon and have introduced the World to the concept of approaching running, and sports in general, as mindful practices.
  • Book Title: ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running
ChiRunning: A Mindful Approach to Moving
ChiRunning is a type of running that incorporates t'ai chi techniques.

Don't worry though, you don't need to know t'ai chi... you just need to learn to use your muscles in a mindful way.

First making its appearance 15 years ago, this type of running quickly caught the attention of marathoners, joggers and running junkies.

What are the main principals of ChiRunning?

ChiRunning is when you use the energy from your mind, body and spirit while engaging your core -- which is the complex muscle group that helps control every movement within your body -- to enhance your running ability. The main principles of ChiRunning include:

• Relaxation
• Using correct alignment and posture (in a way that won't expel energy)
• Landing with a mid-foot strike
• Using a gravity-assisted forward lean
• Engaging your core strength for propulsion
• Connecting your mind and body to prevent any injuries

What are some of the benefits of ChiRunning?

If you're someone who loves to run, or someone who has been waiting to try running, there are numerous benefits of ChiRunning. These benefits include preventing injuries, improving your posture and foot strike, evenly distributing the correct amount of weight in each of your muscles used... all for higher efficiency and less impact,

What else do you need to know about ChiRunning?

Ultra-marathoner and founder of ChiRunning, Danny Dreyer, shares what ChiRunning is, the benefits associated with ChiRunning and why you should consider practicing this type of running.