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6/22/18 4:30 P

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I use water bottles. I carry one in each hand. this seems to help me walk better and keep a good rhythm.



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6/20/18 10:36 P

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6/19/18 12:54 A

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emoticon @SERGEANTMAJOR - Happy to see you are still dispensing helpful advice & feedback!
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6/13/18 2:11 P

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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)

It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

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6/2/18 8:12 P

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I know I am late to this,

But, two things

First, if you do decide to try it--don't just let your arms hang--keep a little bend

in your elbows.

Second,

I tried this years ago--dating myself here--but, I read a book called

Heavy Hands--at least I believe that was the title.

Got carried away and hurt my left knee pretty good--bothered me for months.

Moral, start slow and build up.

Hope this Helps.

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5/28/18 10:59 A

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Ok thanks for the feedback everyone. Thought I might kill two birds with one stone since I'm out there anyway. But I definitely don't need an injury. 😃

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5/27/18 10:37 P

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It doesn’t help your arms as much as it uses your shoulders and core muscles.

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5/25/18 6:30 P

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Does harm. Don't do it. Add intensity by adding in short bursts of speed. Or what my children and I do. We stop at every 4th pole or light and do 30 jumping jacks.



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5/25/18 9:12 A

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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.

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5/25/18 6:11 A

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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.

Meghan in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


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5/24/18 10:04 P

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" Does it make a difference in your arm strength?"
No, and you greatly increase your chance of injury.

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5/24/18 9:55 P

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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.

M@L

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.


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MAY_TO_MAY's Photo MAY_TO_MAY Posts: 113
5/24/18 8:17 P

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Also just read an article on how to properly walk and how to start out. But if anyone has personal experience I'd like to hear :)

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5/24/18 8:05 P

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MAY_TO_MAY's Photo MAY_TO_MAY Posts: 113
5/24/18 8:04 P

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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?

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