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Some years ago there was a movement to hold light weights while running or walking. I haven't heard much about this recently but saw a commercial with Sally Field where she is walking holding weights. Any feedback from the group? Thanks.
i have seen people walking with weighted sticks, but i am generally against running with weights. i think there have been concerns about shoulder injuries. but while you are running you should be concentrating on form, keeping your torso straight, your pelvis in the correct position, and your arms relaxed and loose. i would think that holding weights might throw your form off if you haven't already nailed it solidly. i do run with hand held water bottles in hot weather but i do notice more neck and shoulder soreness/stiffness afterwards.
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aside from the fact that writing all upper-case in a post is considered shouting (which some people do consider as being impolite), I also find the content of your post problematic.
Running with weights might have some benefits for trained persons, for the untrained and/or overweight person, to put additional stress to the joints, does not seem like a very good idea.
If you do use weights, I see your point about a snug fitting weight vest rather than hand-held weights to take stress from neck and shoulders.