Ankle weights are best used as part of a strength training workout. The question of whether to wear ankle weights while running remains controversial, but most trainers don’t recommend it. Some exercisers think that running with hand weights or ankle weights is a good way to make a workout tougher and burn more calories, but some fitness experts argue that this puts unnecessary strain on muscles and joints that could lead to injury.
Instead, make ankle weights one of your components of fitness power during a strength training workout. Use ankle weights when you do standing leg lifts or lunges to add intensity on your cross training days.
If you want more intensity during your fitness running workouts, add some speed work. After a few easy miles, try increasing your speed to 80% of your maximum for one minute then slow down to an easy pace for one minute. Repeat 4-6 times, and finish with a few more miles at an easy pace.
When it comes to hiking shoes, there is no such thing as one size fits all. Most serious hikers have several types of hiking shoes for different hiking conditions, including trail sandals for summer hiking. Trail sandals can be the ideal choice for summer hiking when the terrain isn’t too challenging. Although trail sandals lack the support of serious hiking books, technical trail sandals can stand up to a moderately challenging day of trail hiking. Alternatively, you can pack your trail sandals in your backpacking equipment and pull them out to cross streams, or to wear around the campsite after a long day in hiking boots.
Select trail sandals with wide, adjustable straps, molded foot beds and good support. Trail sandals such as the Keen Men’s Newport H2 Sandal feature razor sipping for excellent traction, Aegis Microbe Shield for comfort and stability, and Keep Protect for toe protection. for comfort on trails or city sidewalks. For women, the Keen Women’s Newport H2 Sandals offer trail-friendly features including an ergonomic design and toe protection.
Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports store to try on trail sandals and get expert advice on the right style to meet your summer hiking needs.