To put it bluntly, no, they don’t work. Apparently, thousands of women think they do.
From the NY Times:
“To support the claims, the shoemakers each offer company-financed exercise studies suggesting that the shoes produce a higher level of muscle engagement, at least in a controlled research setting.But the studies don’t show whether more engagement leads to meaningful changes in muscle tone or appearance over time. Nor is it clear whether the high level of engagement continues once the walker becomes accustomed to the shoe.”
Further, the claim that the shoes offer muscle toning is backed by a single, unpublished study involving just five people.
In fact, it looks like the most effective thing these shoes do is act as a placebo:
“The real effect may come from simple awareness that they are wearing a muscle-activating shoe, causing them to walk more briskly and with purpose.”
The health and fitness field is filled with products like these, making promises that they very obviously have no way of keeping. Keep your head on straight and don’t fall for the short-cut approach. You want a great butt? It’s going to take work in the gym. Great lower body routine to be posted soon…stay tuned.
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