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Thursday 30th October 2014
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Why do we swing our arms when we walk?

Question

Why do we swing our arms when we walk?
Stephen, Bishop’s Stortford

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Nick, Greenford
Qualification: Sprint coach
Answer: It’s a counteracting weight against the opposing leg. If you raise your right arm higher when running, then your left leg will also go higher.
(James O’Brien: This is because we used to move on all fours. Our body is pre-determined that way because of it. You can share the round of applause with me!)

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