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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