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Matthew Knows the Power of the Vest

Matthew McConaughey is at it again running about town, but this time he is not bare chested and he is actually bearing extra weight.

Wearing a weighted vest like Matthew while running or walking is another way to increase your workload and by doing so you will burn more calories. Plus it is safer than carrying hand weights or strapping weights around your ankles, since the extra weight is distributed through your shoulders and torso. Wearing a weighted vest is also a speed training method; you train with the vest and when you run without it you are faster.

If you should decide to take on the weighted vest challenge, start out light and gradually add weight – no more than two percent a week. Eventually you want to max out at twenty percent of your body weight. So, if you weigh 135 pounds, you want to eventually wear a 27 pound vest.

Me? I find running challenging enough. What about you? Tell me in the comments section below if you run or walk with a weighted vest.


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