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How to Walk - Arm Motion


Updated May 16, 2014

Walking arm motion

Walking Arm Motion


Arm motion can lend power to your walking, burning 5-10% more calories and acting as a balance to your leg motion.

  • Bend your elbow 90 degrees.
  • Hands should be loose in a partially closed curl, never clenched.
  • Clenching your fists can raise your blood pressure and should be avoided.
  • With each step, the arm opposite your forward foot comes straight forward, not diagonally.
  • As the foot goes back, the opposite arm comes straight back.
  • Keep your elbows close to your body - don't "chicken wing."
  • Your forward hand should not cross the center point of your body.
  • Your hand when coming forward should be kept low, not higher than your breastbone.
  • Many poor examples of arm motion are seen with walkers pumping their arms up high in the air, this does not help propel you.
  • If at first you find adding arm motion tiring, do it for 5 to 10 minutes at a time and then let your arms rest.

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How to Walk Tutorial
1. Prepare for Fitness Walking
2. Good Walking Posture
3. Your Walking Stride
4. Warm-up for Fitness Walking
5. Stretching
6. Cool down
7. Beginner's Walking Schedule

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