Arm swinging

I did wk 7 run 2 this morning. After reading a few tips on NHS Choices I made a conscious effort to swing my arms backwards and forwards rather than across my chest which is my natural default. I have to say, I think it made a difference and helped with momentum. It also helped me look a little less like Ozzy Osbourne shuffling along the pavement which is also my natural default!


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6 Replies

  • Stand up straight too !! Imagine a rope at the top of your head pulling you upright. Well, that's what I'm working on at the moment !!!

  • Basic laws of physics make it clear that if your arms are going side to side, they are not contributing to forward momentum and can work against it. I sometimes find that when I am tired my arms and shoulders bounce up and down more and that by forcing myself to stick to good form and keep arms close, bent at 90 degrees, with unclenched hands and pumping in opposition to my legs, my whole action becomes smoother. Arm action is a very easy part of good form to observe and correct, with obvious results.

  • Pumping arms are the best thing for powering your way up hills too. :)

  • I definitely find that if I start to feel tired during a run if I concentrate on moving my arms faster then my pace picks up naturally. I also find that if I take a couple of deep breaths and relax my neck & shoulders my arms move better which also improves my pace

  • Thanks, had no idea, some useful tips :-)

  • I have always moved my arms backwards and forwards but have found this is causing a sweat rash/chafing on the inner arms where they rub passing the side of my boobs (admittedly these are somewhat larger than most) Any suggestions apart from a double mastectomy?

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