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Wrist/ankle weights: Do they actually do anything, and are they a health risk?
Right, so, short version. I'm getting a bit of a belly. Not much, maybe an extra 5 or 10 pounds I need to shave off, but I need to nip this in the bud before I end up looking like the Before picture of a Subway spokesman.
Thing is, I'll admit, I'm not much of an exercising-for-exercising's-sake kinda guy. I'm also in Southern California, where I expect it to exceed 110F inside of a month. If I'm lucky. So, a whole bunch of jogging, or walking everywhere, doesn't appeal right now.
Which brings me to the idea of just strapping some weights to my body, so that it works harder at what I'm already doing, and thus burns more calories. Now, if we follow cartoons, this will rapidly allow me to move faster than an animator feels like drawing, leaving me as only a series of dashed lines, perhaps in the color of my clothes if I am lucky.
I am not positive, but I am beginning to strongly suspect that the world does not work like in cartoons. So instead I come to you guys. Do such weights actually work? Or will they just cause my wrists and knees to be ground into a fine powder? And assuming they work, are there any particularly good ones, ideally without looking like I think it's still 1985?