One of my favorite
pieces of exercise equipment is my 20 pound weight vest.
I've been using it for the past couple of years and while a bit
tattered, it has become one of my trusted workout partners.
Studies have shown that exercising with a weight vest is an
excellent way to boost your calorie burn and provide you with
greater bone building benefits.
When put to the
test, donning an 8 pound vest—about
the weight of a gallon of milk—exercisers
burned 23% more calories than exercising without the vest
according to Wayne L. Westcott, PhD and Prevention
magazine's fitness editor.
I use my weight
vest to step up my cardio workout and to add variation to my
strength training program. As a general rule, start out
with the vest weighing only about 5% - 10% of your body weight
and work up from there, increasing the weight gradually.
Be sure your vest fits comfortably snug around your torso so
there isn't a lot of bounce in the vest as you move.
There are many
vests on the market, but I recommend a vest made mostly of mesh
fabric. They breathe better and won't overheat you like
some of the nylon vests.
Getting and Staying Active