Would weighted shoes be a godsend for leg and back ache?

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I have had leg and back ache for the past 15 years, so I watched the below movie with great interest. I’d love to try it, but there is nothing on the market in the US, or at least I could find nothing.

The closest I found were ankle weights, but of course they are a different dynamic. And even beyond that, the quality of what’s on the market seems abominable.

If you know of a good solution, or if you are an inventor, please contact me at this blog. Thank you.

A Chinese factory worker says walking in huge iron shoes weighing more than 440 pounds each can cure back pain, but faces hefty competition in his bid to build the country’s heaviest footwear.

“I’ve been walking with iron shoes for seven years,” said Zhang Fuxing, before strapping two crudely-welded iron blocks to his feet.

“After they reached 400 kilograms (882 pounds), I felt very proud. Next spring I plan to add 50 kilograms.”

Zhang took a deep breath before each wrenching step in the towering footwear, with every impact leaving him struggling for balance.

It took him over a minute to take 10 paces, but he claims to walk up to 15 metres each day in the shoes, which he has gradually increased in weight, and touts them as a cure for back pain and hemorrhoids.

Zhang, 52, credits his ability to move the shoes – which he leaves outdoors, safe in the knowledge that they are close to impossible for most people to lift – to the Chinese spiritual martial art Qigong, said to involve controlling the flow of supposed bodily energies.



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