With This Workout You Want to Weigh More!

Posted 12/17/2014 | By HealthCorps

Say what? I guess you thought that the goal of many exercise regimens is to weigh less! That may be so, but the way to get there, is by holding or “wearing” more weight. Here’s your guide to the weighted workout.

If you already do lunges and squats, begin to hold hand weights during the exercises.  Start with 3 lb. weights and work towards a goal of holding up to 10 pounds, in each hand. A good time frame to increase the weight values is about 2-3 months.  If you want to go even higher in the weight values, then you might want to consider a weighted vest, which allows the weight to be distributed over your chest and mid-section.  Weighted vests can hold as much as 40 pounds. Individuals who plan to hike in high altitudes might also find adding weight to their routine a big help, especially if they are going to have to carry a backpack with supplies.

It’s probably safer to wear a weighted vest, rather than hold hand weights if you want to do a weighted workout on aerobic equipment like a treadmill or elliptical.  You will burn more calories if you carry “added weight.”

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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