Sunday, 31 May 2009

Fitflops workout while you walk, what a great invention!

I read an artical in Zest Magazine about the 'Fitflops', and I thought I need some flip flops anyway so I will order these ones.

Well I am glad I did! They not only look good, they are comfortable and have helped my posture. I can feel the muscles working after I ve been walking a while, and it is like a workout going out walking! I went to the seaside for the day yesterday just for a walk about, I had a fantastic day and worked out my legs and bum! My feet didnt ache like when I wear flat footware, I think these are excellent!

Below quoted from Fitflop:


FitFlop midsoles incorporate patent-pending microwobbleboard ™ technology, to give you a workout while you walk. Developed by Darren James and Dr David Cook at LSBU, the FitFlop’s unique safely-tapered midsole places varying densities of EVA under your feet each time you step, to challenge the support and balance muscles of the foot and leg.

They challenge hard to reach muscles more. FitFlop sandals are engineered with a multi-density midsole that stimulates your muscles more while you’re wearing them. In independent University testing, FitFlop sandals have been shown to trigger increase gluteal muscle response, increased hamstring response, increase rectus femoris (thigh) response and increased calf muscle response.

Every step you take in your FitFlop footwear helps tone and trim your legs: studies at Salford University by Dr. Philip Graham-Smith and Richard Jones have shown that the FitFlop midsole extends the amount of time that the slow twitch* muscles are engaged during each step (by approximately 10-12%). So just by wearing a pair of FitFlop sandals you’ll get more exercise while doing just exactly what you’re normally doing. (*slow twitch muscles produce energy by converting fats into energy aerobically)

FitFlop footwear works your bum muscles more. It has been proven to increase the amount of time that the gluteus maximus muscle is ‘activated’ during every single step.

FitFlop footwear has been shown to have a significant effect on the toning muscles of your thighs: the rectus femoris muscle (one of the large muscles in the group of muscles in your thigh) is activated for a longer period of time while walking in FitFlop sandals than while normally shod or barefoot.

Walking in FitFlop footwear is like walking barefoot, but a little bit better. According to a study done at the University of Salford in Manchester, UK, the FitFlop wearer’s gait is very similar to that of a barefoot walker, but the added cushion provided by the EVA midsole helps reduce joint strain and absorb shock. In fact, several FitFlop wearers have already reported relief from back pain after a few days of wearing them.

FitFlop sandals make it easier to stay in shape. Just throw them on while you’re running errands, walking to work, or working around your house. Most first-time FitFlop wearers report feeling their muscles working more, while ‘fitter’ wearers feedback has been more toward great comfort and cushion. One woman reported feeling like she’d had a ‘bum-blasting’ workout after a half an hour of FitFlop-shod walking.

I found a website that is the cheapest and offers free delivery, they are only £35.45 for the Walkstar pair I have, from the below site. I love them so much I am going to buy a black pair now, so go with more of my wardrobe!

Let me know how you get on with them.


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