And I thought I have seen everything there is to see about “easy way out” weight loss products! Apparently I was wrong – I had not heard about the FitFlop, have you? These special flip flops are supposed to help you tone your legs (and bum I suppose) and give you more comfort than any other pair of shoes or flip flops. FitFlops seem to be the next big thing in footwear, especially since Oprah featured them in her show and has named them as one of her favorite items for the summer season.
Melissa Dahl, health editor at MSNBC, bought herself a pair and has this to say:
What the experts say: The FitFlops and, of course, the MicroWobbleboard, actually do provide some great fitness benefits, says msnbc.com fitness contributor Jay Blahnik, a Laguna Beach, Calif.-based fitness trainer who has worked with celebrities, including Jane Fonda. It just doesn’t provide benefits anyone really wants. The wobbleboard makes walking a little harder for your feet, which normally don’t have to work very hard during workouts, when they’re stuffed in cushy athletic shoes, Blahnik says.
I guess the bottom line is this:
“The concept of strengthening your feet – that’s a great concept, but it’s not going to lead you to smaller thighs or a smaller butt,” Blahnik says. He thinks the FitFlops might also help improve your posture and balance, which aren’t often at the top of my reasons to hit the gym.
I am not saying that you shouldn’t go out and get yourself a pair. All I am saying is that do not use firmer muscles for an excuse to buy one. You know what I mean? 😉