Benefits of “hands free” running
“Holding a water bottle in one hand over the course of a long run could cause an imbalance, change your stride, and lead to injury…” — Runner’s World Magazine
- “Holding a water bottle in one hand over the course of a long run could cause an imbalance, change your stride, and lead to injury…” [May, 2013 Runner’s World Magazine]
- “Carrying a water bottle’s worth of extra weight is enough to cause muscle discomfort in your upper body as you stride…Anything that restricts arm motion can cause an uneven twisting of the torso.” [February, 2012 Fitness Magazine]
- An object such as a phone, water bottle or music player in your hand limits the natural movement of the arm. As a result, your arm does not swing through its full range of motion and running efficiency is decreased.
- If your natural arm swing is close to your body, an object in your hand may contact your hip and force you to swing your hand farther out from your body resulting in altered and unnatural running form.
- Repetitive motion of reduced or altered arm swing can become natural and may permanently change your running form even without an object in your hand.
- If you run with a phone or music player in your hand you increase your risk of dropping and damaging these items.
- If you trip and fall, there is a higher probability that your hands will be one of the first parts of your body to hit the ground. If your phone is in or strapped to your hand the excessive force may break your phone.
- Running with any item in your hand can impede your ability to recover from a stumble or lead to greater risk of injury if you fall.
The simple solution is to keep objects out of your hand and carry them in HydraKlick® running gear.