The numbers are in. All the physiological effects of walking with hand weights have been well documented. 


Aerobic Exercise Training Programs For The Upper Body
By Barry A. Franklin
Division of Cardiology,
Department of Cardiac Rehabilitation,
William Beaumont Hospital,
Royal Oak, MI 48072

Does Step Exercise with Handweights Enhance Training Effects?
By Len Kravitz, Vivan H. Heyward,
Lisa M. Stolarczyk and Virginia Wilmerding
Center for Exercise and Applied Human Physiology
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Department of Exercise Science and Leisure Management
University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi 38677

By Scott Zywickiy
The energy cost of women walking with and without
hand weights while performing rhythmic arm movements.
MS in Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation
1992, 8 3 ~ (.N. Butts)

Physiological Effects of Exercising with Handweights
By T.E. Auble and L. Schwartz
Human Energy Research Laboratory
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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