Lots of folk enthusiastically swing their arms from side to side right when walking, admirably aiming to add more upper body action to their work out. But this can be increasing neck and shoulder tension so this week we'll explore a natural solution. Your arms were designed to swing in a certain way to balance out loads on the spine and make your walking more efficient, effective and a whole body exercise (yes even your core gets to play a key role)......but it's actually the backward movement of the arm that is important and the pull forward is possibly just reinforcing a tight chest and sore neck and shoulders.
This week we'll see how our exercises make arm swing much more accessible. Next term we'll break down the mechanics of walking and get stuck into arm swing even more then (yay! the excitement never ends. Pity poor Ian who trains with me 4 times a week and has to hear that kind of pep talk at 6am. Insert growly faced emoji here).
- If you're a podcast listener, here's a Move Your DNA podcast where Katy Bowman talks about arm swing (and other things that swing naturally too).
Our focus on squats and rhomboid pushups this term is helping us to wake up the potential to pick up and move things with more integrity and variety in our daily lives. Many of you have told me how much stronger you are feeling. I love this video from Petra Fisher where she demonstrates how we tend to 'cope' by hanging out in various habitual ways rather than align ourselves and utilise our muscles. She's using a box full of food but this could be a big load of laundry or a suitcase or a small human just for starters!