Here’s Why You Should *Never* Run With Your Phone In Your Hand

by | Oct 8, 2019

If you’re partial to running with your phone in your hand you’d know that logistically, there’s a lot that can go wrong: sweaty palms, unexpected stacks, etc. etc. But what if we told you you’re also unwittingly increasing your risk of injury?

“Whether it be a phone, a water bottle, a set of keys, a towel, or a shirt, running with something in one hand while running can cause you to use your body differently than if you were running with nothing,” explains Men’s Health Fitness Director Todd Liubinskas.

These days smartphones don’t weigh much (a couple of hundred grams on average). But even tiny imbalances in the distribution of weight can cause major problems with alignment.

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“When you are running, the aim is to keep consistent cadence. Equal distribution of weight and momentum allows for a smoother run,” Todd explains. “Now, once we place something into our hands, that causes an effect of asymmetry within the running style you are used to.”

The main issue here is the repetition of movement. By making one arm heavier and swinging it back and forth thousands of times, your body will work certain muscles harder than others to compensate. This makes you way more susceptible to strains, particularly in your legs, hips and shoulders –usually on the opposite side of the body to the one you hold your phone on.

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“Pending on how far you are running, leave your phone in the car, and get the selfie at the start and at the end,” Todd recommends. “My advice would be do take some mates running with you, and have a chat to each other, rather than be on your phones, the memories will last longer, and the run will be more enjoyable.”

Another option? Invest in a bum bag to stash all your stuff.

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It’s been labelled the shadow pandemic and the fact remains that for many women across Australia, domestic violence is a lived reality that doesn’t discriminate by age, occupation, or socio-economic status. Researchers have found that during Covid-19 lockdowns, there was a surge in family and domestic violence, with agencies experiencing a surge in demand as nearly half their clients reported an increase in controlling behaviours. 

As many who have lived through such turmoil and trauma can attest, the roadmap to fleeing such situations at home can be fraught with challenges and extremely difficult to navigate, particularly when such bureaucracy makes it even harder. Now, it’s been announced that women fleeing a violent relationship will be given a one-off $5,000 payment as part of a federal government trial scheme. 

Known as the “escaping violence payment scheme,” the government has set aside $144.5 million over the next two years to give women $1,500 cash, with the remainder to pay for goods and services, bond, school fees and other necessaries to establish a new safe home. UnitingCare Network will be tasked with delivering the payments while helping link women and their children with relevant community services. 

As the Daily Telegraph reports, “An analysis of domestic violence data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while it is more common for women from poorer areas, women from high socio-economic areas are not immune from experiencing partner violence.”

As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about domestic violence, please call the 1800 

Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online. 

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.