People In General, WANT To Live A Happier & Healthier Life!

There is a global fitness phenomenon on the rise in today’s day and age. Every corner you turn, every page you flip, every Google search that’s made, you will be able to find a newer, better, quicker or easier way to lose weight, get fit or live a happier, healthier life. You see people vouching for and promoting outrageous forms of physical activities, health food, and habits that guarantee a miraculous transformation.

What Is Healthy Living?

Healthy Living is not about picking the latest fad diet, or complex workout routine that looks fancy for a few weeks until you burn yourself out. It’s about embarking on a healthy and injury free fitness journey simply by choosing one form of physical activity, that suits you and your bodily needs, and have that combine with an appropriate diet and lifestyle.

Running, is one such physical activity.

Do You Know That Running Is One Of The Top Choices Of Physical Activities? And Has Health Benefits That Extend Beyond Prescribed Medication?

Statistically, running IS one of the top choices of physical activities for health buffs globally. There’s a whole host of scientific evidence which suggests that of all the exercises possible, running, in particular has both mental and physical health benefits that extend well beyond any prescribed medication.

Running can help prevent heart diseases, high blood pressure, and most importantly, it can combat obesity.

Much like everything else, though, there is proper etiquette when it comes to running and there are a variety of techniques a runner can employ. Today we’re going to talk about two very different running techniques: Chi Running and Traditional Power Running.

Traditional Power Running

Power running is a technique employed by a majority of runners; novice and experts alike. The common goal is SPEED and this method focuses mostly on pushing the body to achieve a faster run time without any emphasis on posture, footfall or stride length. In other words, to run quicker and farther, a runner just keeps pushing faster and further time and time again.

Chi Running

Chi Running is a running technique proposed and put forward by American Ultra marathon runner extraordinaire Danny Dreyer. A T’ai Chi practitioner, Dreyer presented the Chi Running program that beautifully amalgamates the focus of T’ai Chi, a Chinese martial art with the energy of running. It is the combination of the principles and application of T’ai Chi with biomechanics to lessen the burden placed on a runner’s body during extra training thus avoiding injuries.

How Does The Lean OR Runner Stance Differ?

Traditionally, a runner’s stance leans slightly forward ONLY at the beginning of a run. Chi Running emphasizes the need to maintain a forward lean during the entire length of the run to allow the Earth’s gravitational forces to work for us rather than against us. By not resisting the gravitational pull, we use it to propel us further and maintaining an aligned posture all the while. This makes it more EFFORTLESS for the runner and places less pressure on the body.

What Is The Impact Of Landing On Your Mid-Foot Than Your Heels?

In traditional power running, it’s considered the proper running technique to land on the balls or heels of your feet when hitting the ground. In comparison, Chi Running proposes a mid-foot strike upon landing. Mechanically speaking, when you land on the balls or heels of your feet, the impact and force of your step will send a jarring shock up your body through the ankle, onto the knee, hips and so forth. Continuous blows to the joints for a couple of thousand steps per day, every day is a recipe for long-term injury. A mid-foot strike not only stabilizes your movement, but it also allows your legs to continue moving effortlessly without putting on the brakes at every step.

Do You Know What’s The Impact Of An Incorrect Posture?

Incorrect running posture can easily lead to injured hips and lower back. To counteract this, Chi Running proposes running by engaging and strengthening your core muscles. Level your pelvis in a vertical crunch movement and maintain an engaged core while you run. In this way, you avoid injuries and yet, one can still run far and fast!