Posted: Dec 22, 2010 8:50 AM by Nichole Larkey & Tracy Wirtz
Updated: Feb 1, 2011 2:02 PM
Toning shoes have become very popular, promising a firmer tush and leaner thighs for anyone wearing them. But should you buy into them? KATC's Tracy Wirtz steps in to find out.
All of them are based on the fact that they throw you off balance a little so you use more muscle groups to do the simple task of walking. But the American council on exercise put them to the test and the big question is. Do they really deliver the goods?
The American council on exercise studies the effectiveness of toning shoes. ultimately, the conclusion was "there is simply no evidence to support the claims that these shoes will help wearers exercise more intensely, burn more calories or improve muscle strength or tone."
Trainer Dawn Foreman says they are fine for every day walking around but cautions you risk injury if you wear them for anything more than walking. If you're doing a grapevine or playing tennis or step aerobics or zumba. These shoes are not meant for that type of activity.
Dawn says a good walking or running shoe that fits well is your best bet for most types of exercise.