ChiRunning Simplified! Efficient Injury Free Natural Running Technique

[Congratulations to David Stretanski.  His video on ChiRunning posted here has now reached the 20,000 view milestone and is one of our most viewed posts.

Guest Blog Post By David Stretanski/EnerChi Fitness]

Never heard of ChiRunning (‘chee-running’)? Or maybe looking for a refresher of the basic ChiRunning principles?

Below is a short video entitled “ChiRunning Simplified!, Efficient and Injury Free Natural Running Technique” which provides a summary of the principles, position, motion and benefits. Plus it provides a simple analogy and helps answer the question “How do you run?”

[Note that the same principles apply in ChiWalking with minor technique adjustments.]

ChiRunning could be summarized in two very simple ideas:
– Ask big strong parts of the body to do relatively small jobs; avoid asking small parts of the body to do very big jobs.
– Cooperate with forces of nature and use them to you advantage; avoid opposing them.

What if a few subtle changes to position and motion had a dramatic effect on these two ideas – and therefore your running efficiency while significantly reducing recovery, discomfort, aches/pains and injury? What if you could run with more momentum and less resistance?

ChiRunning Simplified!, Efficient and Injury Free Natural Running Technique


[ChiRunning Published Resources available here]

In the end, how we each decide to run is an individual decision. Most runners would probably agree they would like to be more efficient and reduce recovery, discomfort, aches/pain and injury. In many cases, even just one simple adjustment to position, motion, effort, or tension can help you move clearly in that direction.

For more information on ChiRunning, see related blog posts, and/or


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 David Stretanski is a holistic health, fitness and wellness coach and Certified ChiRunning®/ChiWalking® Instructor. For more information on David, please see his About Me, Contact page or his website at

ChiRunning® and ChiWalking® are registered trademarks of ChiLiving, Inc.


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