/ Ankle weights and walking with weighted pack
I've done a considerable amount of climbing and hillwalking since and I'm climbing harder than ever. However I'm missing the cardio benefit that running brought me.
I'm too scared to run again in case I set my knee off.
What do people think of walking with a weighted pack and/or ankle weights to intensify the exercise?
I think my main question is, am I better to walk further/faster or to add resistance?
I'm not sure about having a slightly heavier rucsac - I do a bit of running with one (e.g. running from work) but largely notice it slows me down a little rather than makes me work harder, but as they're normally recovery or otherwise easy paced runs I'm trying to keep the effort fairly low.
Don't use ankle weights, as someone said they'll mess up your gait and you're more likely to injure yourself. Try running again, but get some face-to-face advice from a good source, and look into changing your running style/shoes.
Failing that a rowing machine is good CV.
Ive just got myself a road bike instead. Much better for my knees and a big cv workout, much more than I was expecting.
Cyclings a good shout.
road bike! its no impact and you can pretty much make it as much cardio as you like. I started after a knee injury and now am hooked, I don't bother running at all anymore as it just makes my knee play up and you can go so much further on a bike too.
> and you're more likely to injure yourself
Ankle weights? Well I can't testify about effect on "gait", but I have trained for years with ridiculously heavy ankle weights, and it's never caused me any sort of injury.
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