The proper bio mechanics of walking or running require the opposite arm and leg to execute reverse mirror movements i.e. right arm forward left leg back. By carrying weights in your hands you impede that mechanic and place undue stress on you hands and arms. Cardio should be a flowing motion involving the entire body.
Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 6/19/2018 (13:41)
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I agree with the others. If you want to increase arm strength, do it utilizing dedicated strength training workouts. If you still want cardio, you can opt to do a circuit workout where you alternate between cardio bursts then weight training.
I agree that adding weights for walking is potentially more harmful than beneficial. M@L did give a good suggestion about adding a backpack or weighted vest. Other good ways to add intensity is to vary speed and utilize hills.
" Does it make a difference in your arm strength?" No, and you greatly increase your chance of injury.
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Bad idea. (although hand weights are not as bad as ankle weights).
Joints are generally designed to be compressed, not stretched, and carrying hand weights means your arms are being stretched as you have to stop the momentum of the weights with each arm swing. There's a reason The Rack was a medieval torture device.
If you do want to increase the intensity of your walking, carrying extra weight close to your center of gravity (eg. a backpack), is a much safer way of doing it.
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Does anyone have experience walking with like dumbbell weights? Does it make a difference in your arm strength? I go for a walk at least 3 miles every night so I thought that might be a good addition since I'm going out anyway. Also, if it helps what weight do you start with?