This is a question that has been on my mind, and I’m sure it’s been on many of yours’ too. I’ve seen these shoes and contemplated buying them so many times. Are they really miracle shoes that can tone your legs and help you burn more calories?
Despite all of the over-the-top hype from the ad campaign for all these shoes, their promises fall short. Studies have found there was no difference between the regular running shoe and any of the toning shoes when it came to heart rate, oxygen consumption, calories burned or muscle activity.
Toning shoes are designed to simulate walking barefoot or walking on an uneven surface, and the idea is that the unstable design of the shoes force the wearer to use their leg muscles more. This is great because it would mean by wearing the shoes you are burning more calories and toning your muscles! Unfortunately, all of the studies I read have found no evidence wearing toning shoes lead to improved muscle tone or greater energy expenditure.
Another thing to keep in mind if you are considering buying this type of shoe is that because of its unstable design, they could cause problems for some people who already have trouble maintaining their balance. This could lead to serious injury.
Now that being said, if you like the look and feel of these shoes, and if they are getting you up off the couch and in the mood for getting fit, I’m all for it! Even if these shoes can’t give you killer legs just by walking around – you being excited and motivated about working out by wearing these shoes is money well spent in my books.
A healthy diet, combined with regular exercise, is the best and most effective way to get into shape and stay in good health. Nevertheless, looking for short cuts; “multi-tasking” if you prefer, is just human nature. This is perfectly understandable when you consider all of the labour saving gadgets and devices we use, many people are pressed for time these days.
The bottom line is, these shoes are tempting. In the long run, if they make getting more ‘active’ attractive to you, then they are inspiring a positive change.
My Final thought on toning shoes is, if they do what they claim then that’s fantastic. If not, then you still have a nice looking pair of shoes to work out in. What have you got to lose?