Ankle Weights for Fitness Walkers

Fitness walkers who want to add variety to their routine are considering wearing ankle weights.

And since a well-rounded fitness program should include aerobic exercise and strength training, wearing ankle weights might seem like a good idea.

However, Dr. Edward R. Laskowski from the Mayo Clinic warns against wearing ankle weights when you walk. According to Dr. Laskowski, wearing ankle weights can, “change your normal gait, which may cause you to lose your balance or hurt yourself while you’re walking.”

Getting more out of your walking routine

Instead of wearing ankle weights, Dr. Laskowski recommends picking up the pace. If you are physically fit, you can try injecting short bursts of jogging or running into your typical walking routine. If you are less fit, you alternate between leisurely walking and periods of faster walking.

Adding strength training into your routine

If you’d really like to add strength training in your exercise routine, opt for other strength training techniques. You could try using free weights or weight machines at the gym. You can also try dumbbells or resistance tubing [elastic-like tubes that provide weight-like resistance when you pull on them] at home. And do not discount your own body weight. You can do push-ups, pulls-ups, crunches, and leg-squats, as well.

Source: Mayo Clinic