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Why do people swing their arms while walking?

Updated on August 27, 2012

Have you ever sat at a mall or in line behind other cars while waiting for your child to get out of school and watched people as they passed by? Have you ever noticed that almost everyone that walks by their arms are swinging as there walking? Some are swinging at a fast pace and some at a slow pace. I saw this the other day while picking my daughter up from school and to me it just looked weird to see that this is something we all do naturally without even realizing it.

Swinging your arms while walking actually helps you keep yourself balanced and it's a natural thing to do to try to reduce movement of the head. While your arms are in motion it also helps you maintain a steady posture during walking. If you tried to hold your arms in place while you walk you will tire more quickly. So it's kinda like your own personal energy saver in motion .

It's believed that we were once Apes and the one thing that Apes use is there arms to move around. Granted this is known as knuckle walking and creates a locomotion of movement between the arms and legs. If our arms were longer than our legs i suspect we would walk or move about in the same manner. So while your out and about today walking this article will make you think about your arms in motion as your walking..


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      6 years ago

      Very interesting article. Now when im walking I'll try to keep my arms still. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

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      Rob Winters 

      7 years ago

      Interesting - I'm very concious of or at least definitely notice my arm movement when running or jogging but not at all so when walking. I'll pay attention to this tommorrow - makes sense mind.

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      7 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      QudsiaP1: Thankyou I'm glad you enjoyed my article. Watching everyone made me want to write an article about it.

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      7 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Husky1970: I think it's a very good guideline. Thankyou for your comment.

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      7 years ago

      This was a well written hub and it brought something new to my notice, thank you. :)

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      7 years ago

      It seems as though the speed of the walk determines the degree of the arm swing. I was told that for walking to be good aerobic exercise, the arm swing has to reach the level of your heart. Do you think that is a good guideline? Voted up and useful.


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