Why do you think we swing our arms when we walk?

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@agmamayo (804)
Philippines
July 29, 2009 10:26am CST
Have you ever wondered why people we see walking around us, may it be on the street, catwalk, pavements, inside buildings, at the gym, and pretty much everywhere always swing their arms when they walk. Even yourself you may never had thought what could be the reason why your arms are swinging as you walk to place you wanna go. Some biomedical researchers have been curious about what causes our arms swing when we walk. They were amazed by the dynamics it can contribute to walking so they tried to make a research about it. They built a mechanical model to get an idea of the dynamics and functions of arm swinging. Included on the research were subjects consist of 10 people which were divided into two groups. The first group were asked to walked on the normal arm swinging way, while the opposite group were told to walk with their arms held back or folded. Results were derived and the dynamics of arms swinging while walking has a garnered some answers to it. How about you, what do you think is the reason why our arms swing while we are walking? Would there be a purpose for it? Kindly share what you think.
4 responses
• India
19 Jan 10
to maintain the balance
@bulzika (280)
• Dominican Republic
29 Jul 09
it depends. I know about styles of walking. when man walks he moves his shoulders to show his strength, it's typical walk of men, so when you move your shoulders you swing your arms as they are just relaxed. about women. when woman walks she move her hips to show her things and be more seen from us. it's women walk and I don't think they swing their arms
@maximax8 (27943)
• United Kingdom
29 Jul 09
Swinging our arms I think helps us balance when we are walking. It is something people do without thinking perhaps. I imagine swinging arms might help the thought process. The research sounds interesting and I wonder what they will find out.
• India
29 Jul 09
I feel that its all about the sync movements that are associated with the body movements.