Fit Tip Friday: Runners Rejoice!
We told you about the CHI running and walking technique back in the fall of 2012, and now it turns out, there can be serious repurcussions for not following our advice! (Are you surprised? We mean…when have we ever steered you wrong?!)
Seriously, a recent 1-year study at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that the Chi Running technique was found to produce less impact and less braking force, when compared with three other common styles of running.
Participants practicing the Chi Running technique benefited from:
- Lower Impact: reducing the cause of the most common running injury, “runner’s knee.”
- A smoother landing: reducing sudden impact that leads to stress fractures in the feet, lower legs, and hips.
- Less Knee Extension: reducing the common problem of over-striding which produces the “braking effect” that often leads to “runner’s knee.”
- Less Braking Force upon impact with the ground, making for a much more efficient run.
So change up your running habits now, and start practicing mindful movement to reduce injury and make for a more fun, enjoyable run! (And if not, don’t say we didn’t warn you!)
xx, The FabFitFun Team