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I am an active man walking 10,000 steps a day. My doctor recommended I wear weights on my ankles to get a strength training workout. How much weight do I need to wear?

In my opinion, your doctor is making a very poor recommendation for you. Ankle weights add very little benefit when worn simply for walking, and in the long run, all they do is slow you down.

There are better choices for you to make in regards to increasing the strength in your legs. Unless there is an injury that I’m unaware of, a traditional strength training program at a gym or some bodyweight based activities, such as lunges, squats, and plyometrics, are far better choices for you to increase your strength.

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