Wearing weights to increase the intensity of a workout is nothing new. The premise is that by strapping on additional pounds, the body will have to work harder against gravity to do the same activity, thereby increasing strength (and making it feel like a piece of cake when you later do the same workout sans the extra load).

But adding wearable weights can also present risks for individuals who are deconditioned or for whom their joints are already taxed. This is especially true in cases like adding ankle weights to a walking or running workout since this may impair proper form and increase the probability of ligament and tendon injuries. 

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