Have you ever noticed people as they move, do some parts seem to move while others just hang there like a dead weight? While going past a high school the other day I couldn't help but watch the teenagers going by, and saw how few of them were really moving well. Heads were far forward and their arms didn't move at all as they walked. There is something strangely disconnected about the movement, it lacks vitality and energy.
When we are moving well, there is a sense of ease through the whole body and that is seen as well in the movement of the arms. Like the pendulum of a grandfather clock the arms should be long and light and swing smoothly forward and back as we stride down the street.
The simple act of swinging your arms is going to support the flow of lymph in your body. It will help maintain the length of muscles in your arms. If you are used to keeping your elbows bent all the time, then your biceps are going to be in a chronically shortened state. SO, by simply going for a walk and letting your arms swing freely, you get to bring the natural length back into those babies. Isn't that great? So, what are you going to do now? Get on out, feel your arms relax by your side, start moving and feel how your arms can easily start to swing as you hit your stride. Walk on. Have a great day.
The picture above is my daughter, climbing the walls, it's a regular thing around here, up and down, her arms are strong, her legs are strong and she is deeply connected to her centre. I love watching her move for the ease and freedom that is there, my hope is that she can keep this, the love of movement is a healthy thing, and one we should be encouraging in our children. We are never too old to start moving though, so, look to the movers for inspiration, and join in when you can, in whatever way you can.