Want to improve your posture, walk and run effortlessly, rid yourself of chronic aches and pains, and stop world hunger? Well, besides that last one, Chi Running is supposed to help you do all of that. Danny Dreyer, author of Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running, has set out to teach the world how to run and walk pain-free.
Chi Running Basic Tips:
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Effortless Running Posture (similar to what they teach you in ballet):
- Lengthen Back Of Neck and Chin Down
- Tuck Bottom, Pelvis Facing Front
- Shoulders Rolled Back and Down
- Relax: Head, Shoulders, Hips and Ankles Aligned
SoCalRunning instructor demonstrates how to have good form:
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How To Prevent Injury To Knees and Hips (Avoiding Heel Strike):
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Danny Tip: “Don’t land on your forefoot. That will DEFINITELY create more stress on your calves and ankles. You want to land mid-foot, which is completely neutral and doesn’t require your calf muscles to fire. Try to remember to land fullfoot and keep all muscles below the knee relaxed the entire time you run.”
Proper Pronating When Running:
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See Danny Dreyer’s YouTube channel for more clips.
My husband noticed a significant difference in my form and speed after implementing the Chi Running techniques. One question remains: why don’t thy teach this as Running 101 to kids in grade school and above? It is so helpful!
Have you read Danny Dreyer’s Book or put his methodology into your running or walking practice? Has it helped?
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