The 5 Best Walking Weights for Powerwalkers of 2019

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Wearing weights can increase the calories burned while walking, but it is far safer to just walk longer instead. Weights at the ankles, feet, wrists, and hands increase the risk of injury to the knees, shoulders, muscles, tendons and also risk repetitive motion injury. A weighted backpack can cause strain if the weight is not distributed across the hips. Only a weighted vest or hip belt is recommended. No walking health experts recommend weighted shoes.

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GoFit Walking Vest

GoFit Weight Vest
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The only weights I can recommend, with caution, are to add weights to your torso with a balanced weight vest. I like it because you can add half pound weights, from 0.75 to 10 pounds. This will help you to burn more calories per mile. If you are already at​ an ideal weight and have no joint problems such as arthritis or knee pain, then you may want to try a walking vest. But you can burn those same extra calories by nordic walking with walking poles or by just walking a couple extra minutes each session.


RunFast Max Pro Weight Vest

RunFast Max Pro Weight Vest
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This weight vest starts at 12 pounds, which would be a reasonable weight. You can buy versions at significantly higher weights, which will include padded shoulders for comfort. However, these place weight on the chest as well.


NYK Weighted Walk Vest

NYK Weighted Walk Vest
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Adding weight to your torso is the safest way burn more calories per mile. This vest has flap pockets to keep weight secure. You can add or remove weight in 1/2 pound increments up to four pounds.



Heartflex. Courtesy of Amazon

If you want to do some upper body toning while walking, this lightweight device can give you some resistance. Personally, I'd rather concentrate on proper walking form and good arm motion. It is a great item to use to whack attacking dogs or muggers—it hurts but won't permanently injure them.


Adjustable Ankle Weights

All Pro Weight Adjustable Ankle Weights
All Pro Weight Adjustable Ankle Weights. Courtesy of Amazon

Experts do not recommend ankle weights for walking because they can increase the risk of strain and injury. You can burn more calories by simply walking another few minutes instead. However, if you really want to wear ankle weights, these weights are adjustable by adding or removing 1/4 lb. metal weights, up to 2.5 lb. per ankle.

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