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Jogging energy saver

Bungees for the arms
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I've noticed that I spend far too much time at the PC, and have started jogging in-between annos. I noticed that, apart from the usual fatigue, my biceps were a little tired.
This, I reasoned, was because I am holding my arms at a bent angle, and caused some kind of energy expenditure.

I experimented with different ways to hold my arms, and found that I could run quite easily if I held my hands to my shoulders, and moved my elbows to balance, apart from the fact that it was more difficult to hold my arms at such an angle.

So, I think that some kind of elasticated link between shoulder and wrist could take the weight of the arms, and save energy.

Ling, Feb 01 2006

US patent 4,337,938 http://patft.uspto....&Query=PN%2F4337938
like this? :"A runner's aid increases the endurance of a runner by supporting the weight of his arms as he runs." [xaviergisz, Feb 01 2006]

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       [xaviergisz], like that, except my one's a different colour.
Ling, Feb 01 2006

       I'm fascinated by devices that allow you to run faster or more efficiently (pictures wheeled frame with elastic person supports, allowing you to take huge moonwalking strides) - they won't beat a bicycle, say, but are cool and cyborgish. But saving energy while exercising? So you don't accidentally get fit or something?
spidermother, Feb 01 2006

       I've never before noticed that people wearing slings (either singly or doubly) or straitjackets for that matter are better marathoners.
jurist, Feb 01 2006

       Watching the 2004 Olympics, I remember a Chinese marathon runner who didn't move his arms at all.   

       It was like that Seinfeld episode.
Cuit_au_Four, Sep 24 2006


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