A Rant on FitFlops, ShapeUps and Other Lazy Footwear

14 Dec

We, as a country, are fairly lazy. Americans have an extremely high obesity rate, we drive our cars everywhere and we spend most of our free time sitting and watching TV, playing video games or texting. As a society, we really don’t move and we’re always looking for the quick and easy fix to a situation. I can say this, because I have been there (hence three tried and failed attempts at the Atkins diet).

Now we have gotten so lazy that manufacturers are selling shoes promising to tone up your legs so you don’t have to go to a gym. Seriously. Rather than promoting good running shoes for a great workout, advertisers are promoting a pair of shoes that will sculpt your leg and butt muscles so you can do just that much less of physical activity. These shoes aren’t cheap either. From what I’ve seen, they cost around $80.

For us women out there, this same concept can be achieved by wearing high heels everyday. Granted, they’re not good for your feet, but you will have extremely toned legs if you wear high heels daily from flexing your foot all day. Then again, I don’t think the FitFlops/ShapeUps are good for your feet either. I’ve read the fine print and one is advised against wearing them for more than 30 minutes at a time. That can’t be good.

Second of all, if you want shapely legs, there is a free way to accomplish this that will actually burn a few calories in the process. I understand the prospect of breaking a sweat can be scary given the easy out alternative of wearing these shoes, but bear with me here. What about some simple leg exercises? *Gasp* There are so many variations of squats and lunges out there that you can do at home for free with no equipment or gym needed. Doing many sets and at a quick pace will also give you a bit of a cardio workout. Take the $80 you would have spent on the lazy shoes to buy new jeans that will accent you great new butt after doing squats for a month!

I don’t mean to sound so harsh and judgmental. I can be lazy too. We all have those days and you’re supposed to. Everyone needs a break. I just think that given the state our health is in as a country and how high our obesity rate is, encouraging people to wear these shoes is irresponsible. There’s this big kick by Mrs. Obama to push for healthy habits especially for children, shows like the Biggest Loser are extremely popular, yet we contradict all of that by promoting laziness and no physical activity.

Don’t give in to the hype and the easy fix. The easy fix never works. Trust me, I’ve tried it a few times. Skip the ShapeUp shoes and do 4 sets of 25 lunges. Toss out your FitFlops and do 3 sets of 15 squats. Invest a little more in a good pair of running shoes and go for a great run or walk. Get active and change your life.

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2 Responses to “A Rant on FitFlops, ShapeUps and Other Lazy Footwear”

  1. marcia kilgore December 15, 2010 at 11:24 AM #

    Hey Skinny Pink Ninja, Saw your blog on my Google Alerts. Would love to send you a pair of FitFlop boots to try. We – at FitFlop- agree that being active is the answer. (Which is why we never tell people you’ll burn more calories, or lose inches by just pulling a pair of FitFlop shoes on.) What we do know (besides that your muscles are activated more on our triple-density footbed) is that the shock-absorption, the comfort, the very often improved foot-to-midsole contact, and the pressure diffusion (our FootFloat effect) you get from wearing a FitFlop product makes you WANT to walk more, because your feet don’t ache, your back doesn’t hurt, and you get this feeling that you can just go ON and ON in them. ( I think we can all agree that’s a great thing! Marcia (Founder, FitFlop who wears FitFlop every single day, because no other footwear feels anywhere near as good on!)

    • Noel D. December 15, 2010 at 12:32 PM #

      Thanks so much for your comments. I would definitely be open to you sending me a pair to try on. 🙂 As someone with a pretty serious foot problem (my right foot was reconstructed after a car accident), I’d be anxious to see if they were comfy and beneficial when I walked. You can contact me via email: chanel5@rpdolan.com.

      The main impetus for my rant was that I’ve encountered several people who didn’t want to work out and thought wearing the shoes would be an “easy way out” type alternative. I appreciate you clarifying that you don’t advertise that the shoes will burn calories or lose inches. Not everyone realizes that!

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