We live in a society which is growing ever more sedentary – most of us get much less physical exercise than would have been considered the norm in the past. Cheap and widely available motorised transport has certainly been a factor, as has the fact that, for a lot of us, work consists of sitting slumped in front of a computer screen for eight hours or more daily. Factor in the fact that food is, relatively speaking, cheaper than ever and both widely and instantly available and it’s perhaps no great surprise that many of us aren’t in as good shape as we might wish to be.
Unfortunately our various labour saving devices, improved transport systems and computers don’t seem to have provided us with any more leisure time in which to pursue activities which might compensate for our low level of physical activity during our normal daily routine. It’s hardly surprising that, after a long day at the office, a commute and completion of a few domestic duties, many people don’t have either the energy or the time to go for a quick jog or to fit in a trip to the gym. It’s a vicious circle and one that can be difficult to break out of.
And that’s exactly the situation that Marcia Kilgore found herself in. She was, of all things, an ex-personal fitness trainer – so her motivation to exercise wasn’t in question – who simply couldn’t find enough time in her busy schedule to exercise as often as she would have wished. Instead of just accepting the situation, Ms Kilgore took steps to remedy it.
In partnership with the London South Bank University (LSBU), she came up with the concept for a special range of fitness shoes which, thanks to a specially designed sole, would increase the duration for which the lower body muscles were active during normal walking activity. Independent testing at LSBU and the UK’s Salford University have shown that Ms Kilgore’s range of shoes – known as Fitflops – increase the time for which the lower body muscles are in use by up to 16% – when compared to walking in conventional shoes.
The net result of this is that wearers of Fitflops can trim their butt and tone up their legs just by walking around as they would be doing anyway. In addition to the various scientific tests, anecdotal evidence from users also suggests that other benefits, such as reduced joint pain and improved posture may be achievable. The Fitflops range of shoes has also been given a seal of acceptance by the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Originally the Fitflops range started life as a collection of sandals – but this has now grown to incorporate boots, slippers and clogs. You can choose from a great selection of colours and styles – most of which don’t look anything like exercise shoes, so no-one need know that you are benefiting from a free workout while you walk. If you are one of the many who struggle to find time to exercise, then walking to lose weight whilst wearing Fitflops might just be a good choice for you to get what is effectively a free lower body workout just by walking around as you would normally be doing as part of your daily routine anyway.
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