adding weights

so if I add weigts to the videos where she don't use anything does that burn more calories or what exactly does it do?

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  • texasgardnr
    texasgardnr Posts: 2,658 Member
    daniellehelph, I do not know if using hand weights burn extra calories as I don't have a heart rate monitor.

    Sometimes I do this, but my reason is to only to add some strength moves to the walk. I don't add in any extra calories when I post it.
  • TeaBea
    TeaBea Posts: 14,517 Member
    It should up your calorie burn a little bit. I use weights for 2 reasons.

    1. To remind myself to use my arms more.

    2. To increase my heart rate. I'm not sure that light hand weights are very effective for strength training.

    Here's a link to where Leslie talks about calories & walks with boosters

    http://www.walkathome.com/exercise/calorie-burn-per-mile/

    Leslie does have a couple of circuit style workouts...My favorite is Walk Strong (the one with weights). It's great because you walk awhile & then stop, pick up bigger weights (5-8 lbs) and do squats, rows, etc. then back to walking....you keep switching back & forth.
  • MJ1975CA
    MJ1975CA Posts: 31
    I have actually tested this! I did the same 3 mile walk a few times without weights, then I added weights and per my HRM I burned MORE calories, sometimes 150 -200 more in 45 minutes (depending on my level of effort and pace)
  • AnnofB
    AnnofB Posts: 3,584 Member
    I have actually tested this! I did the same 3 mile walk a few times without weights, then I added weights and per my HRM I burned MORE calories, sometimes 150 -200 more in 45 minutes (depending on my level of effort and pace)

    Good info. Thanks for posting.
  • AnnofB
    AnnofB Posts: 3,584 Member
    You could just hold them throughout the workout and it would burn more calories than not holding them. Using them to do shoulder presses or bicep curls will burn more and tone the muscles. Over time, using this method those extra calories burned will add up.

    Just be sure to use light weights, 1, 2 or 3 lbs to start out.
  • scubasuenc
    scubasuenc Posts: 626 Member
    Weights do add to the calorie burn. However if you start doing exercises like curls and shoulder presses with them make sure you also have good form. I have discovered I'd rather do Leslie's exercises as walks and then do my lifting separately. I can do heavier weights for more exercises and with better form if I do the lifts alone.
  • TeaBea
    TeaBea Posts: 14,517 Member
    Weights do add to the calorie burn. However if you start doing exercises like curls and shoulder presses with them make sure you also have good form. I have discovered I'd rather do Leslie's exercises as walks and then do my lifting separately. I can do heavier weights for more exercises and with better form if I do the lifts alone.

    Yes - good point.

    I won't use heavy weights while walking (I'm not real coordinated). Heavy weights are kind of scary.....it's so easy to "tweak" something. A circuit training (Walk Strong) or the Walk it Off workout allows for heavier weights.

    Some people wear a weighted vest.....this would still be heavy....but the weight would be evenly distributed. Much more secure.
  • AnnofB
    AnnofB Posts: 3,584 Member
    Weights do add to the calorie burn. However if you start doing exercises like curls and shoulder presses with them make sure you also have good form. I have discovered I'd rather do Leslie's exercises as walks and then do my lifting separately. I can do heavier weights for more exercises and with better form if I do the lifts alone.

    Good point about the importance of form.
  • AnnofB
    AnnofB Posts: 3,584 Member
    Weights do add to the calorie burn. However if you start doing exercises like curls and shoulder presses with them make sure you also have good form. I have discovered I'd rather do Leslie's exercises as walks and then do my lifting separately. I can do heavier weights for more exercises and with better form if I do the lifts alone.

    Yes - good point.

    I won't use heavy weights while walking (I'm not real coordinated). Heavy weights are kind of scary.....it's so easy to "tweak" something. A circuit training (Walk Strong) or the Walk it Off workout allows for heavier weights.

    Some people wear a weighted vest.....this would still be heavy....but the weight would be evenly distributed. Much more secure.

    Good info about the vest, Teabea.
  • ShrinkinMel
    ShrinkinMel Posts: 982 Member
    Good to see people have tested it with HRMs I don't have one but would really love to get one soon. Or a fitbit but I really think the chest strap kind would be most accurate for exercise. So I have more research to do as I haven't really done much because funds are too low for it right now.


    When I was doing it before I did weights on a build up to it method.