When it comes to losing weight, we want to do as little as we can, which is why fitness shoes were invented. Infomercials flaunt workouts that take minimal amounts of time to complete, but even then, we struggle to find 10-15 minutes a day to devote to our health. But even a relatively inactive individual has to walk as part of their daily routine- even if it’s just to perform basic tasks and errands. And conveniently, the new trend in weight-loss is shoes that promise results.
Don’t be fooled; you’re not going to lose 50 pounds overnight just by wearing a pair of shoes. Not even a pair of kicks made by nasa are going to produce the same results as having a trainer and eating a well-balanced diet. However, new fitness-minded shoes will help with toning, which will, in time, make you more physically fit. Here are a few to get you started.
It’s a flip-flop. It’s a workout shoe. It’s a miracle! Fit-flips are unique because they cling to the middle of your feet instead of just holding on at the toes like typical flip flops. This enables you to walk faster without worrying that you’re going to walk right out of your shoes. Fit-flips feature a sturdy sole that is strong enough to support your arches. It will take time, but you can expect to see noticeable changes to your legs after a few months in your fit-flops. They run at about $50 a pair and come in a wide variety of colors.
MBT Stands for Masai Barefoot Technology. This brand offers a wealth of comfortable and body-beneficial shoes from sneakers to sandals. MBTs simulate walking barefoot. The shoes improve posture and put you in a position to improve your health and your level of fitness. MBTs take some getting used to: the experience of wearing them forces you to connect with your body. For the first few days, your experience may be a bit rocky, but you’ll start to feel the benefit almost immediately. These shoes are pricier than some of the rest, with a median price of about $100.
The Avi-Motion by Avia is one of the new shoes on the market. These shoes are roomy and comfortable–perfect for those who have a hard time finding a good fit! The shoes feature a gentle rocking motion as you go on your way, but less noticeably than other fitness brands. The shoes claim to isolate muscles as you walk, which, depending on how much time you spend walking, will produce results. The Avi-Motion sells for under $80.
Fitness shoes are not magical. Just wearing them and sitting on your couch will do nothing. Fitness shoes are only as useful as you make them, so make an investment in your health and get your feet moving. Think of your shoes as icing on the cake- with the “cake” being your workout. So get out there and take a long walk, or no icing for you!