There is no osteogenic benefit with walking with weights. The amount of weight is much too light to stimulate bone growth and the weights are placed in the worng area to be effective She would do much better to utilaize a weighted vest in an structed exercise program that includes weight training tageted at the hip and spine.
Dr. Carol Zehnacker, DPT
I wanted to give you a quick response to your question while I had a minute. There is a both a negative and positive result when walking with weights. The first would be to NEVER walk with ankle weights. In doing so, you are causing un-necessary stress to your hips if you are not walking with a proper gait. Walking with weights in your hands is completely acceptable though! On the positive side, any “weight bearing” exercise will help benefit the bones and reduce the risk of Osteoporosis. I hope that helped?