What is Chi Walking and Running?

Chi Walking and Running:

Chi walking and running is a modern technique influenced by the ancient practice of T’ai Chi. *  

Chi walking and running is a modern technique influenced by the ancient practice of T’ai Chi.

The Chi Living website describes the program as “a revolutionary program that blends the health benefits of walking with the core principles of T’ai Chi to deliver maximum physical, mental, and spiritual fitness.”

I call the Chi Walking and Running the sister program to Total Immersion Swimming. Both programs utilize growth mindset principles with specially designed focus points that make each sport easier. Swimming and running easier?!! Sign me up for any program that creates something more efficient and easier.

Chi Walking and Running has changed my workout into a meditation. (My swimming practice became a meditation long ago). I am now process-focused instead of goal-oriented. With this approach, I will constantly improve, regardless of how old I am, how much I weigh or how fast I am.

Now, if you like speed, both programs not only make movements more effortless, but they can also make you faster. How? They both use the principles of gravity and physics.

If any of these statements are true, Chi Walking/Running is a program for you. 

  • I don’t run anymore because I am slower than I used to be
  • My neck hurts when I run
  • I have a hard time walking because of knee and hip pain
  • I can’t run because I am overweight
  • I could never walk 5km, forget about running 5km
  • Walking hills is difficult for me

Coach Teresa’s Chi journey

In 2005, I heard about the technique from my sister. The information sounded interesting; however, I had started the walk/run method by Jeff Galloway, and that was enough at the time. From 2008-2017, I continued to hear about the technique through Total Immersion Swimming. The founders of Total Immersion Swimming, Terry Laughlin, and the founder of Chi Running, Danny Dreyer, have discussed how their philosophies for each sport were aligned. Years pass, and running is my favourite of the three disciplines (swimming, biking, and running). Until 2019, my runs continued to get longer, faster and stronger. 

Then Baboom 😵‍💫 – menopause, injury, and weight gain, all worked together to make running the most challenging of the three sports. Gone were the days of going faster, longer and feeling stronger. The question wasn’t, would I stop running? The question was, how could I enjoy the sport differently?

The universe was busy and conspired to work in my favour. My friend and coach colleague, Erin Parr, put Chi Walking/Running back into my life. We took a few small group sessions with Vancouver’s Master Coach Angela, and immediately, I found a new way to love my favourite sport.

In 2020, I became a certified Chi Walk and Run instructor, complementing my Total Immersion Master coach status and Triathlon Coaching certifications. 

I look forward to sharing my love of the Chi programs with you 🏊🏼‍♀️🚴🏻‍♂️🏃🏼‍♀️

*(Chi does not mean it is from Chicago, nor part of the Chicago run club, and the Chicago Blackhawks did not influence it. I have had this question numerous times when wearing my Chi gear😂)

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