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Old 07-28-2010, 03:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default ankle weights? and walking?

Does wearing ankle weights while doing normal household things really help, in toning and in burning more calories?
I'm thinking of investing in a pair if they would really be helpful, atleast till I can rearrange my schedule enough to start working out on a regular basis.

Also would it be helpful at all if I can only get about 30-60 minutes of walking in atleast to start out with. I'm only off work 1 day a week for a while and go from about 6am-1am as it is. But I'm really needing to lose weight and get in shape.

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Old 07-28-2010, 05:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think every little thing you can do will help. In the case of ankle/wrist weights (or even a weighted vest) it can really add some resistance to the activities you normally do. It might be a little exhausting at first, but think of how easy all those chores and work will be once you have a set-aside workout time and all the weights come off!

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1) eat real food - more vegetables, moderate meat, moderate fruits, less grains, less sugar, less vegetable oils.
2) exercise - moderate intensity cardio, sprinting, heavy lifting, dedicated stretching and mobility.
3) live - relax, de-stress, meditate.

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Old 07-28-2010, 06:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have ankle weights and they seem to be helping. I usually put them on for a certain amount of time every day, usually an hour or so while I'm cooking or doing housework. They sort of feel like socks, so sometimes I forget that I have them on and end up wearing them much longer than I intended, and when that happens I can always feel it the next day. So I'm certain my muscles are getting something from it. At the very least it's a bit of exercise that doesn't take time out of my busy day.
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The ankle weights are a decent addition to your healthy lifestyle but I don't think they can supplement actual real intense exercise. Your legs are very strong and 2-5 pounds of extra weight doesn't do a whole lot except slow you down, and may actually decrease intensity.

If you are limited on time try taking just 20 min walks and incorporate some high intensity intervals into that walking routine. And bodyweight resistance training is very effective and can be done mostly at home.

When thinking about exercise always think quality not quantity.

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Old 07-29-2010, 03:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I especally use the ankle weight when doing bw worouts whe ya cant hold DB's
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