Friday, September 18, 2009

Fashionably Lazy or Functionally Impaired?

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I saw this and just HAD to comment. I do love fashion, and I can understand the marketing mentality of “if it's cute enough, folks will be inspired to work out" It’s kind of the fashion version of "If you build it they will come" Hmmm.... sure! Considering the many fashionably unfit women who willingly don workout attire by Juicy Couture, Bebe and Victoria's Secret with Nike shoes that have never dashed for anything but a sale. I say, cute, but no. I wouldn't recommend the use of ankle weights or hand weights for just random activity. The extra weight coupled with repetitive, movements that impact the joints do not make a great recipe for safe and effective fitness. If anything, you're doing more harm than good with these things as you are putting your joints at risk. Ankle and wrist weights should be used for "stationary" lifting such as leg raises, bicep curls, lateral raises etc. where the body is firmly positioned in a fixed spot, not walking around, running, or shopping.

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YES on cuteness, but NO on function and effectiveness.

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