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Archive for the 'Wellness' Category

It Is What It Is

Oct. 24th 2012

I usually post a brief update to Facebook and Twitter about each run as evidence of my “practice”. Each update highlights the intent of the run and which form focuses I am working on. But those updates have been very limited the past few weeks because … I have not run much in the last few weeks. In early September, I was on target to run 2200+ miles this year and to be well prepared for an important November ultra marathon. But I had to take a break from running, the first real break in many years and for

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Numbers (f)or Consistency?

Aug. 4th 2012

Many have noticed that day to day times, distances or other running statistics are rarely posted here. It is not that I don’t like numbers, it is just that my health goals usually have little to do with them.

One goal I do like to set and measure is consistency. One way to measure consistency is distance or minutes per long(er) timeframe … say monthly or yearly. I like to set goals yearly. This removes my tendency to think and sometimes overtrain short term.

A great way to measure while limiting the day to day effects of measuring is to

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Posture Enemy Number One

Dec. 7th 2011

Our “civilized” world dramatically removes us from our natural environment. This greatly affects our health and longevity in a number of ways. A significant example of this is probably where you are right now – in a C.H.A.I.R. It does not matter if it is a desk chair, a lounge chair, a couch, or a car, train, bus seat. Google images for chairs and you can see how much of a mine field exists out there …

In general, too much sitting reduces mobility – and just as in nature, our mobility is directly tied to our longevity. But the reality is our lives, homes, travel, jobs utilize chairs for most of our day. So how do we manage this public enemy?

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Efficiency at a Lower Level

Oct. 21st 2011

This blog is mainly about creating efficiency in our movement so that we can improve our health and, if desired, increase our performance. But this blog is also about supporting efficiency in all aspects of life. Efficiency in movement is created by balancing effort across all parts of the body relative to their ability. But what if one part of the body is not able to efficiently contribute to this balance; or worse yet detract from it? An example might be upper body vs. lower body or maybe the leg vs. the big toe.

Yet another relationship exists between “levels”. For example, muscles are limited by their “parts” which are cells. And all of those cells are in turn limited by

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Am I Fit Or Am I Healthy?

Sep. 14th 2011

Or more specifically, is it possible to be be fit but not healthy? This question relates back to “Why do I run?” When I started ChiRunning many years ago my running goal was efficiency while getting beyond the 2+ years of frustration due to nagging injuries. But my goal, the real goal, was health.

Fitness can certainly help you be healthy. But I am learning more and more that you can be fit and not be healthy. You can run a very fast 5K and not really be healthy. This is one of the reasons I don’t focus on short races or speed; they are not in the critical path of my health goals. Someday I will likely come back to them, but I have a feeling my performance will be mainly the result of my health more than the training.

But you can also run a 50 mile ultra marathon and

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Running, Walking and Living on the Brake?

May. 16th 2011

A primary ChiRunning and ChiWalking concept is to move forward with momentum while minimizing resistance. In both running and in life, efficiency and longevity comes from gradual forward progress with your foot subtly on the gas pedal with limited use of the brake.

If you press on the gas too much, you will likely need to use the brakes more. If you don’t trust mentally, you will likely use the brake. Or some of us just ride the brake all the time not realizing that our actions are slowing us down. In my seminars I often ask the question “Who steps on the gas and

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Fitness Program “Pre-hab”

Mar. 28th 2011

The term “Pre-hab” was first introduced to me in early 2006 when I first met the author of ChiRunning, Danny Dreyer. Interesting how other authors have now decided to use the term also, but I am not surprised since it so accurately describes an alternate path we can take in our fitness programs. An overall objective of most fitness programs is to get moving and stay moving consistently. This can be any kind of fitness training; strength training, range of motion, sport, walking/hiking, running, etc.

The most common path we find ourselves on is unfortunately the re-hab path. Re-hab is what happens when our actions create resistance towards

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Your Biography Becomes Your Biology

Feb. 9th 2010

At the beginning of the ChiRunning book one of my favorite concepts is introduced: “Your biography becomes your biology” [1]. We all have a biography that shapes our present moment, both physically and mentally. The good news is that “with a little patience and perseverance” we have the ability to add new choices and habits to our biography, providing far-reaching benefits to our health, fitness and well-being.

I was a very active kid and enjoyed a lot of different sports and activities. But as a teenager, running was one activity I did not enjoy. It was only a necessary means of

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Sharing the True Gift of Health

Dec. 11th 2009

Looking for a true gift, one to give or receive?  There may be no gift more valuable than a few simple ideas for lifelong health.

“The first wealth is health.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most people are passionate about sharing ideas about healthy living. An important piece of the healthy living puzzle is fitness; also simply called ‘motion’. We are all designed for motion; our health depends on it. The challenge is getting moving and staying moving through repetitive motions that can sometimes result in

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Running as a Metaphor for Life

Nov. 9th 2009

Many of us have heard the concept of “running is a metaphor [or mirror] for life”.

There have been many ways to apply and learn from this concept.  Just Google the phrase and you will see many posts on the subject.

A few days ago a great quote came across my path:

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are” ~ Chinese proverb

There is that ‘should’ word again.  I think this quote finally describes the reason why

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Making Gradual Progress

Oct. 19th 2009

The way we stand and move are habits formed over time from our life experiences. Making adjustments to your posture and motion will take time; but with consistent focus and practice, not nearly as much time in which those habits were formed.

In a previous post ‘A Journey of a Thousand Miles‘, the principle of Gradual Progress was introduced. This is a key principle for any change, not just your posture or your running/walking technique. It is a key principle of nature itself. Everything in nature transitions from state to state incrementally. When something in nature attempts to skip a step; and is inefficient or out of balance for too long, it is usually

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Should We Run Barefoot?

Oct. 5th 2009

Recently there has been a lot of focus on the concept of running barefoot.  Some purists suggest we should all be running barefoot, period.  Personally, I don’t care for the word ‘should’.  It implies someone else telling me what to do or be, when we all have to decide that for ourselves.

But can we just go run barefoot?  To help answer this, consider how long it has been since you ran barefoot.  20 years, 40 years, 60 years?; most of us have not run barefoot since

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A Journey of a Thousand Miles …

Oct. 1st 2009

As with most ancient teachings, a simple principle applies to all aspects of our lives.  This one has been coming up a lot lately in a number of ways:

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu

And I am sure we have all heard that “it’s the journey, not the destination”.  So we might consider that the quality of our journey has more to do with the quality of each step than on where we end up.  A personal development mentor of mine, Jim Rohn, suggests that “wherever you are … be there.”  Simple, yet powerful idea to be present and fully experience each

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Mind/Body Fitness

Jul. 7th 2009

Many health benefits are possible from mind/body practices such as Yoga, T’ai Chi and Qigong.  These benefits are the result of alignment, relaxation, flexibility, balance, breath, mindful movement and increased energy flow.  These Eastern practices promote a healthy balance between stimulus and stillness, both physically and mentally.  In the West, lifestyle choices often challenge this state of balance.  We go from place to place and task to task continuously; often overextended and disconnected between our body and mind.

What if it is possible to practice eastern principles in balance within our western world of (over) stimulation; and at the same time create a

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Motion By Chance or With Purpose?

Apr. 14th 2009

We are all creatures of motion, and the quality and quantity of our mobility directly affects the quality and quantity of our longevity.  Quality mobility might be defined as safe, effective, consistent and … enjoyable.

In a previous post “Natural Running Technique?, the question of running technique was discussed via the following two options:

1.  Run [or walk] the way you run ‘naturally’ [or subconsciously], and don’t mess with your technique.
2.  Consider [posture and] technique; usually based on the body’s design, simple principles of nature and laws of physics for the purpose of energy efficiency and injury-prevention.

As noted in the previous post, we really need to define the term ‘naturally’ to fully

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