How Adding a Weighted Vest or Rucking Backpack to Your Walks Can Help Prevent Alzheimer's - Hyperwear

How Adding a Weighted Vest or Rucking Backpack to Your Walks Can Help Prevent Alzheimer's

Discover how adding a weighted vest to your walking routine can help prevent Alzheimer's disease. In our latest post, we explore expert recommendations, including insights from Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Richard Isaacson. Weighted vests stimulate core muscles and promote bone health, contributing to improved brain function and reduced Alzheimer's risk. Learn practical tips for incorporating weighted gear into your daily walks.
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The Benefits of Wearing a Weighted Vest for Alzheimer's Prevention

Walking is one of the simplest and most effective forms of exercise, but did you know that adding a weighted vest or a rucking backpack can significantly enhance its benefits, especially for brain health? Walking or hiking with added weight is a new fitness trend known as rucking. Recent research suggests that incorporating additional weight into your daily walks can help prevent Alzheimer's disease and improve overall cognitive function. Rucking is also an ideal outdoor activity you can do with friends to give you added mental health benefits of being in nature and being social. In this article, we delve into the science behind wearing a weighted vest for Alzheimer’s and provide practical tips on how to get started.

The Science Behind Weighted Vests and Alzheimer's Prevention

Walking is the most popular form of cardio exercise. Adding a weighted vest to your walking routine adds strength training and has beneficial effects on your brain health. According to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, and Dr. Richard Isaacson, a leading expert on Alzheimer's prevention, the additional weight helps stimulate core muscles, such as the abdominals and obliques, and promotes the growth of new bone cells to fight osteoporosis. Dr. Gupta shares, "Richard also wanted to address an activity I did on a daily basis: my neighborhood walk with my three dogs. 'Keep doing that,' he said, 'but now with a weighted vest.'"

Dr. Isaacson believes wearing weight helps redistribute fat, muscle, and bone in the body, driving down insulin resistance - a risk factor for Alzheimer's. By enhancing muscle mass and bone density, weighted vests can contribute to better overall metabolic health and reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Read more about Dr. Gupta's experience and advice in his CNN article: "I have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease. I wanted to understand my own risk." Learn more by watching “The Last Alzheimer’s Patient” on demand on “The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper” (CNN Sunday, May 19th, or streaming on MAX starting June 18.

How Rucking Can Boost Brain Health

Rucking with a weighted backpack is another effective method to enhance your walking routine. The additional weight increases the intensity of the exercise, leading to improved cardiovascular health, increased muscle mass, and better posture. These benefits are crucial for maintaining brain health and reducing the risk of Alzheimer's.

Studies have shown that physical activities that engage multiple muscle groups and require balance and coordination, like rucking, can promote neurogenesis, the growth of new neurons in the brain. This process is essential for maintaining cognitive function and preventing neurodegenerative diseases. Rucking is ideally done outside in nature and is a nice activity to do with a friend or group. This adds to the potential mental health benefits.

Engaging in physical activities like rucking increases the release of neurotrophic factors like brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF plays a crucial role in supporting the survival, growth, and maintenance of neurons, thereby promoting brain health and cognitive function​.

Practical Tips for Incorporating Weighted Gear into Your Walks

  1. Start Light: Begin with a lighter weight and gradually increase it as your strength and endurance improve. This will help prevent injuries and ensure that your body adapts to the additional load. 
  2. Maintain Good Posture: Keep your back straight and engage your core muscles to support the extra weight. This will maximize the benefits and reduce the risk of strain.
  3. Make Rucking a Habit: Aim for regular walks with your weighted vest or backpack, ideally three to five times a week, to see significant improvements in your health.

Numerous people have seen benefits from walking with weight. One individual shared their experience of incorporating a weighted vest into their walking routine. They noticed significant improvements in their posture, balance, and overall fitness. They emphasized that the additional weight engaged their core muscles, improving posture and reducing lower back strain. This person also experienced better balance and coordination, which translating into improved mental focus and health​.

How to Choose Weighted Vests and Rucking Backpacks

When it comes to weighted gear, Hyperwear offers some of the best options on the market. Hyperwear brought the patented Hyper Vest® to market in 2008 and is a pioneer in wellness apparel. Hyper Vest weighted vests and Hyper Ruck™ rucking backpacks are designed with style, comfort and functionality in mind. They feature comfortable performance materials and adjustable weights, allowing you to customize the load to your fitness level and goals.


Advantages of Hyperwear's products:

  • Comfortable Fit: Hyper Vest weighted vests are made with patented stretch fabrics that hold weight comfortably to your body, providing a snug stretch fit without restricting movement. The unique stretch keeps weight off of your shoulders to prevent neck pain. Hyper Vest weight vests are sized for proper fit and have open side cords and breathable fabrics so you do not over heat. The Hyper Ruck rucking backpack includes a hip strap to reduce the strain on your neck and weight the hips and spine.
  • Adjustable Weight: Hyperwear rucking backpacks and weight vests allow you to easily add or remove weights, so that you can safely progressively load as you get stronger. With Hyperwear rucking gear you do not have to purchase an additional vest or ruck plates to increase your load as you get stronger.
  • Quality: Hyperwear products are built to last, using high-quality materials like CORDURA®, YKK® zippers and 1000 denier nylon that can withstand heavy use.

In comparison to other brands, Hyperwear's weighted vests and rucking backpacks stand out due to their superior design and ease of use at an affordable price.  Competing products lack adjustability, comfort, and value which can be a significant drawback.


Incorporating a weighted vest or rucking backpack into your walking routine can provide substantial benefits for brain health and help prevent Alzheimer's disease. By stimulating muscle growth, improving bone density, and reducing insulin resistance, these tools can enhance your overall health and longevity. Explore Hyperwear's range of weighted vests and rucking backpacks to find the perfect gear for your fitness journey. Start your path to better brain health today!