If You're Not a Runner, Try ChiWalking
ChiWalking, like ChiRunning, is based on the principles of tai chi and emphasizes good alignment and engaging the core muscles so that they, not the limbs, do the bulk of the work. The result looks nothing like the posture most people associate with power walkingchest raised to the sky, elbows furiously pumping, legs straight. But it is far more relaxed and easier on the body. ChiWalkers don't lock their knees, they tilt their shoulder-hip-ankle line forward so that gravity pulls them along, and they allow the spine to twist and hips to rotate. Like ChiRunning, it can be learned by reading (ChiWalking, Fireside, $14.95), watching a DVD, or attending workshops around the country (a half-day runs $100; see www.chirunning.com for the schedule).
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