Teresa, if you enjoy reading research you will enjoy reading the following article:
Physiological responses to walking with hand weights, wrist weights, and ankle weights.
Below is a copy of the abstract. You will need to find someone who is ACSM certified and who is a member to read the entire research study.
All the Best!
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise:
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Physiological responses to walking with hand weights, wrist weights, and ankle weights
GRAVES, JAMES E.; MARTIN, A DANIEL; MILTENBERGER, LENORA A.; POLLOCK, MICHAEL L.
To compare the blood pressure (BP) responses to exercise with 1.36 kg (3.0 1b) hand-held weights (HW), wrist weights (WW), and ankle weights (AW), 12 sedentary males (20.8 +/- 1.2 yr) completed three randomly assigned treadmill exercises at 75% maximum heart rate (HR) reserve. Systolic and diastolic BPs among HW (181.2 +/- 21.9 and 73.2 +/- 7.9 mm Hg), WW (180.1 +/- 27.2 and 71.0 +/- 10.1 mm Hg), and AW (183.8 +/- 26.8 and 71.7 +/- 7.8 mm Hg) were not significantly different (/>>0.05). When compared to exercise with no weights (NW), only the diastolic BP for HW was significantly different (+4.4 mm Hg, P