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How to Buy Ankle Weights

Ankle weights are great for making certain floor exercises (like leg lifts) more difficult. You’ll probably want ankle weights if you like body-sculpting exercise DVDs because at some point, lifting your own body weight will become too easy.

As with dumbbells, you can buy an array of ankle weights, from 2 pounds up to 20 pounds. Or you can buy an adjustable set: You insert small weight bars into pockets along the strap. Adjustable ankle weights are a great way to save money. Just know that the weights tend to rattle around. And, it’s easy to get lazy; don’t neglect to add or subtract weight when you need to.

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Use ankle weights sparingly if you have hip, knee, or ankle problems. Or, try a pair of weights that strap around your thighs. You may find them awkward to use at first, but you get used to them quickly, and they do a good job of distributing extra weight without overloading your knees.

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