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iVillage.com: 10 Common Workout Mistakes – How Many Are You Making?

FAIL: Walking with Hand Weights

If you're holding on to three to five pounds weights when you walk because you think it burns more calories, you may want to try picking up the pace instead. "Walking with hand weights has been shown to increase cardiovascular demand in terms of blood pressure and oxygen consumption, but it's not yet determined if this translates to substantial calorie burning compared to not carrying the weights," says Rubenstein. Even if it does, you would have to walk long and fast for it to make a difference over time. If you're carrying weights to tone your arms as you walk, the amount of weight you're able to safely hold on to while walking is likely not causing enough resistance to result in a change in the muscle (e.g. toning). Instead of hand weights, pick up your pace, use hills and interval training to get more from your walking workouts. Walking with hand weights while on a treadmill is even less recommended because it increases the chances of losing balance and falling off -- and that will get you nowhere fast.

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