Get a workout when you walk with FitFlops, a brand of footwear that can help to tone up your muscles whilst you are on the move. FitFlops come in a range of variations so you can choose between sandals, flip-flops and even boots, meaning you can keep trim all year round. Burning calories and staying trim never looked so glamorous.
The science behind the FitFlop is simple; the midsole works by slightly destabilising your footing in the same way that a wobble board does. Don't worry if you think this sounds uncomfortable; FitFlops have a special in-built Microwobbleboard but the shoes are so comfortable you will not even notice.
The design of the midsole challenges your stability which in turn enhances the muscle tension in your body and promotes proper posture. This helps you to stand straighter whilst giving you a workout as you walk, toning muscles in the glutes, hamstrings, calves and thighs. In simple terms, FitFlops make your legs and bum work harder.
The heel is thick and firm to absorb shock and the toe area is mid-density for support.
As FitFlops make your muscles work harder you are in fact burning more calories than you would do when walking in a normal pair of shoes. This means you can walk the same distance each day but burn more calories when doing so.
As well as burning calories and toning up, FitFlops can help you to improve your posture. Increasing numbers of people now have desk based jobs and more sedentary lifestyles so it is important to take care of posture. Bad posture can lead to problems and pain with your back, neck and shoulders.
FitFlops can help to provide relief from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, chronic back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, lower limb oedema and restless leg syndrome.
FitFlops can be worn as regular shoes though the manufacturers warn that to prevent muscle soreness you should only wear your FitFlops for short amounts of time initially. Once you become accustomed to wearing your FitFlops then it's safe to wear them progressively more often and build up to going on regular walking workouts.
FitFlops come in a whole host of different styles, shapes and sizes and you can wear them year round if you wish. Sandals and mules are ideal for spring and summer and can be worn on the beach, by the pool and simply when walking around. You could even wear them around your home or at the office.
Boots are also available and mean you can keep up with toning, even during the winter months. Water and stain resistant with Agion antibacterial and odour-eliminating technology, these boots have textured anti-slip rubber outsole so you can head out for a walk with confidence that your feet will stay firmly planted on the ground.
Whatever style of FitFlops you choose, they all contain the same sole which enables you to buy footwear with an inbuilt muscle toner.