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I wear them on the treadmill and just around the house doing housework, and use the heavy hands about half the time on the treadmill. Burn baby burn! Also, if you can't go fast you can still go "up", increase that incline and increase your calorie burn.
I wear a pedometer everyday and no matter what I don't go to bed until I've reached 10K steps. I check at dinner time and most often I have 3k to go so we walk the dog or I use my Wii fit board to do steps while watching TV. Having this goal keeps me active & positively impacts the whole family.
When I think I'm just too tired to exercise, I commit to do 10 minutes of light exercise. If I'm tired after 10 minutes, I'm allowed to quit. But 95%+ percent of the time I feel better after 10 minutes and go on to get a good workout.
Don't be taken in by the idea that you need to do a full-blown 30 or even 60 minute workout to do yourself any good in losing weight! Start small, with something you know you can do EVERY DAY! I started with calf raises - who can't lift themselves up on tiptoe 15 times? And work up!
It doesn't matter what shape your in, how much you need to lose or your physical capabilities. You just need to start where you are and GET MOVING! Small steps add up, they turn into big steps and before you know it your doing more than you ever thought you could! Just MOVE.