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Fit Tip: Don't Walk With Dumbbells

Fit Tip: Don't Walk With Dumbbells

Walking is a great form of exercise, since it's low impact, you can do it anywhere, it can get your heart pumping (if you walk fast enough), and it burns calories. I've seen many women trying to up their game by holding dumbbells as they walk to either burn more calories or tone their upper arms, but it's such a bad idea. Swinging that extra weight is a great way to tear a muscle or injure your shoulder joint. The same goes for ankle weights. If you wear them while walking, you might as well sign yourself up for a knee injury.

You should know that for every 10 pounds you add to your body while walking, you only burn about five to eight extra calories per mile. That's not much, and if you compare that to walking a quarter of a mile, a 150-pound person burns about 20 calories. So you're better off reducing your risk of injury by walking a little longer instead. Also dumbbells and ankle weights are meant to be used for stationary strengthening exercises. So do your arm and leg exercises after you walk, not during.

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To burn more calories on your walks, pick up the pace and walk faster, or walk for a longer period of time. Walking up stairs or up hills will also burn more calories too, as well as tone your glutes and thighs. If you must challenge yourself by adding extra weight to your walk, try wearing a weighted vest. Your torso is strong enough to carry the extra load, and since it's not moving a whole lot (like your arms and legs do), there's less risk for strain or other injury.


geosource geosource 9 years
I use 5 lb. dumbbells during my morning walk and rarely during the evenings or at other times. I find this to be benificial if kept to a minimum and used in conjection with other excercises.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good tip!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I agree -- this is an excellent tip. I get dismayed whenever I see anybody carrying extra weight when they're walking or jogging. It can cause injury.
Calimie Calimie 9 years
I didn't know that! I won't get those ankle weights now since I wanted them for walking with them.
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 9 years
thank you so much! i wouldn't want to carry anything in my hands while i'm walking anyway.
jessie jessie 9 years
i never knew that, i always have used ankle and wrist weights on the treadmill :tread:
yasume yasume 9 years
Good point!! I agree. I constantly see people doing the hand and ankle weights while walking. To me, it is more beneficial to do it while stationary. One has better control and focus to avoid injury.
kia kia 9 years
I am baffled when I still see people walking with ankle weight and hand weights.
lizs lizs 9 years
I wish I could post this article on the treadmills at my many women there walking at 2 mph with the pink 2lb hand weights. I'm always surprised that the trainers don't say anything.
The-FBGs The-FBGs 9 years
SUCH a good tip. I see so many women doing this...
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