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Ankle / Wrist Weights
Ankle weights and wrist weights come in the form of bands or pouches with weights that help shape and tone your muscles. When strapped to your ankles or wrists, they add different levels of resistance to any lower and upper body movement.
The main purpose of ankle / wrist weights is to increase the resistance and thus, the challenge and benefits of your workouts. The weights you wear shouldn't be too heavy as even lighter weights can effectively boost the intensity of the workout. The added benefits you gain are the result of having to work harder because of the extra weight you are carrying. Unlike small dumbbells, wrist / ankle weights are ideal, because they keep your hands free. The american council on exercise suggests that an individual who uses this form of weights can increase her heart rate and elevate her oxygen consumption.
How It Works
Many people use wrist weights to raise the challenge of their cardio workout. The american council on exercise encourages the use of wrist weights during cardio exercise, but stresses not to risk straining with excessive weight.
Using wrist weights can provide extra benefits to your workout by increasing its intensity and burning more calories. Wrist weights complement an aerobic workout that emphasizes the lower half of your body by toning arms and shoulders to turn routine activities into stealth workouts.
Ankle weights can help to enhance a wide variety of different exercises, as many require you to lift your ankles up off of the ground. They provide a convenient way to add resistance to the exercises traditionally done using just your body weight, such as side leg lifts or raises. When performing pull-ups, it offers greater resistance to your arms and upper body muscles.
They can also be helpful in increasing your workout when you are walking or running but the weights must be chosen carefully. Running on a treadmill while wearing ankle weights will increase the training intensity and energy expenditure, potentially resulting in greater cardiovascular fitness and weight loss compared to running without the added weight.
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