Ruth in Kentucky uses a weighted vest but has been experiencing shoulder problems after using her vest. She has been following my article on weighted vest reviews on my MelioGuide blog.
Ruth’s Question on Weighted Vests
I have osteoporosis (more severe in the hip). I am very interested in the weighted vests and watched your video. However, I have experienced a problem with a weighted vest. The downward pull of the vest exerts a strain on the shoulders after a while of walking — at least, it does with my vest (mine has 10 lbs of weights). I have had to stop wearing my vest because of injury to my shoulder. I started using weights strapped around my legs instead, but was told not to do that either.
How do you avoid the drag on your shoulders that it seems to me all weighted vests (even lighter ones) would cause?
Three Ways to Use Your Weighted Vest
She asked me give her some advice. There are three things Ruth can do to reduce the shoulder pain that she is experiencing:
- Ruth could be careful how she loads her weighted vest.
- She needs to make sure she maintains a good posture.
- Consider a weighted belt as an alternative.
I discuss these options in more detail on my MelioGuide site.
I prepared this video on 3 tips on weighted vest modifications.