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Your colleagues don't have to know that you're wearing ankle weights.
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Wearing ankle weights while taking a stroll around your neighborhood can improve the fitness benefits of the activity by increasing your heart rate and forcing your body to burn more calories. Wearing these fitness accessories on your ankles while sitting at your desk, however, won't provide immediate benefits. To maximize the use of your ankle weights, keep as active as possible -- within reason -- throughout the day.1.
Walk as much as possible throughout the day to benefit from wearing your ankle weights. Though sitting still while wearing the weights won't improve your health, taking steps while wearing them forces your body to work slightly harder. Walk to your colleagues' desks when you need to discuss something, skip the elevator in favor of the stairs and take a detour on your way to the washroom or office kitchen. MayoClinic.com advises against walking briskly while wearing ankle weights, so focus on taking more frequent walks rather than taking up-tempo walks.2.
Keep your legs as active as possible throughout the day, even when you're seated at your desk. Tap your toes on the floor, swing your feet from side to side and cross one leg over the other frequently. Even fidgeting helps your body burn more calories.3.
Wear your ankle weights sporadically until you get used to how your body feels upon wearing them. Use them for half the day, and then remove them to avoid putting undue strain on your body.
- Strap the ankle weights to your body, rather than over your clothing, to keep them hidden. By wearing them beneath your pants or a long skirt, you will still look professional.
- Keep your ankle weights to a maximum of 3 pounds and remove them if you begin to experience pain in the muscles or joints of your lower body. Despite the benefits of these accessories, they can lead to injury if you don't use them carefully.