Walking With Weights

Submitted by Kevin Pederson on March 2, 2012

Walking with weights has become an integral part of an exercise routine especially for people who would want to burn calories faster. In spite of being an old traditional way of training, today you can use them anywhere and at anytime. Tying weights to your hands, legs wrists or ankles add resistance and increase the effect of gravity.

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As the weights tend to pull you down with a certain amount of added force, the person who is exercising will have to apply more energy and pressure while walking. This will help as they work out to strengthen their muscles. Walking with ankle weights is one of the best ways for resistance training exercises, which usually help to increase your stamina and improve your muscle flexibility.


Though there are certain inhibitions about using weights on regular basis as they can be a little unsafe. When you are weak and you try walking with or hand weights or ankle, leg you become prone to the risk of tearing a ligament or getting muscle cramps and pains in your thighs or the calves. If you have a weak back you could affect it too. Weights on the ankles and legs can also change the way you normally walk and may even initially increase your chances of tripping. But walking with ankle weights has benefits too. Making sure that these weights are used correctly could help you burn more calories and toughen up your muscles without stressing your joints. Walking with leg braces is a good way to get in shape. These leg weights or braces can cause discomfort easily in the first few weeks of wearing them but slowly as you get used to them you will be able to move freely with them. This would also help to tone up your legs and enhance their shape. Using hand weights while walking and working out are said to be useful in developing your cardio-respiratory system. Apart from keeping you fit it can also help to keep you heart and lungs working well. If you are into sports or are a seasoned runner then walking with leg weights and ankle weights would help you to train well. It would also make sure your body is toned and ready, shedding those extra pounds and build up your stamina to tackle your sport. Walking with weights are also said to be a good therapy for those with weak joints and muscles. Start out with less weights so that you are comfortable initially and then slowly increase it as you feel more confident.

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