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Will running or walking with ankle weights on strengthen my legs and help me see results more quickly?

Do not run or walk with ankle weights on. This can cause injuries of the ankles, knees, and hips, and is not recommended under any circumstance.

Ankle weights are meant to be safely used as added resistance when doing resistance training exercises, not as added weight to your body during running or walking, which can cause joint injuries.

If you would like to add weight to your body, use a weighted vest rather than add weight to your ankles or hands. Reebok and several other companies make weighted vests for this purpose. You can usually purchase a good vest for about $80.