Freedom To Run - Blog
Freedom To Run - Blog
Mindfulness is becoming a household term. What if we could develop habits as part of our daily routine that not only help us remain calm and focused but are also good for our bodies? What if we could be kinder to our bodies in the process, developing healthy lifelong habits that help us to exercise for our whole lives?
Learning to walk and run more mindfully can do just that.
Chi Running is a style of running that has injury prevention as one of it's main aims. Unfortunately I can't prevent everything else that can affect your running! I've been recovering from an operation (not due to running) over the last few weeks. The Doctor took one look at my physique and knew I was a runner. He told me to take 8 weeks off. My next question... can I walk?
As a Chi Runner, I always have a few form focusses that I believe are pertinent for my own personal form at any given point in time.
Book and DVD Review: Chi Walk to Run - Fitness for Life!
There are lots different ways to 'get in to' Chi walking and running. I've studied this book and DVD set tonight, as I have a friend who wants to transition from walking her dog in to going for a run.
The DVD is full if really helpful posture checks and visual demonstrations. It reiterates lots of key concepts from the Chi Walking and Chi running materials. Ideas to remind you about key concepts on posture such as 'Sit up in your chair' and the 'C shape' really do help reinforce the book. There is advise I would suggest probably all walkers and runners could do with, such as how to reduce injury risk from toe off. Examples and explanation of good arm swing are also very useful. If you are a visual person, I'd really suggest using a DVD such as this alongside the books if you are thinking about learning Chi Walking or Running.
Personally I could loose the pan pipes.
A great week for walking and running. There are SO many different focusses in Chi Running and Chi Walking. That's why I enjoy the mindful approach, and also one that demonstrates patience, and kindness to yourself. There's no rush, and you can't possibly get everything right all at once. With all these different areas to consider in your form, I've been trying to find ways to use nature to prompt me and remind me to correct my form, rather than relying on beeps and timers.
There is a running focus and a walking focus where you pretend you are 'on rails.' The idea being that you align your feet and entire legs as if you are running or walking along railway lines.
I just love the way Danny is a total and complete evangelist for the health benefits of walking in this chapter. He shares some of his personal experiences walking and it really strikes me that he is totally passionate about walking. In fact, it got me thinking about my own life. As a child, I used to go walking in the Shropshire hills with my brothers and sister. As I got older I explored Snowdonia, Scotland and the Lake District with my father. As soon as I could be trusted (!) I was leading groups of friends on wild camping trips along long distance footpaths such as The Ridgeway. Then I completed he West Highland Way and the Pennines Way in 1994. I can vividly remember waiting for a day in Kendal the days after finishing the Pennine Way. I really had nothing to do and my legs felty so 'wrong' doing nothing after walking hills every day for 19 days. The solution? I walked the whole length of the town to Kendal castle and back... I just