Have you ever wondered why overweight or obese people have
the most lower body joint problems?
The excess body weight causes excess load to be placed on
the joints. While load on the joints can be good for some people, it is
bad for most.
If your lower body is in perfect alignment running or jogging
with a weight vest will have no negative effects.
If your lower body has any, even slight muscle imbalances
jogging with a weight vest on can and probably will cause excess stress on the
joints and possibly cause a knee, ankle or hip overuse injury.
A simple way to see if your lower body is in proper
alignment is to do a 1 legged squat. Stand and try to squat on 1 leg.
If, towards the bottom of your squat your knee is pointing any other direction
than exactly the same direction at your toes, you lower body is out of
The muscles are playing a constant tug-of-war with your
bones and joints during functional activities such as jogging which will cause
the excess weight to be negative. You can read all about muscle imbalances
on this page: Posture Problems
You have to ask yourself why you want to jog with a weight vest on.
A better question may be, Are there any positive effects of
jogging with a weight vest on?
Ankle weights and weighted vests have long been used for
incorrect reasons. There is no evidence that running or jogging with a
weight vest increases caloric expenditure or athletic performance.
The only legitimate uses for weight vests are for people
whose competition or occupation require something similar, such as a fireman who
always has to carry a large, heavy weight on their shoulders.
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