Ask Dr. G: “Do FitFlops Really Work to Tone Your Legs and Butt?”
You guys have heard of FitFlops, right? The slogan goes “it’s a flip flop with the gym built in; put a pair on and get a workout while you walk.” A Vitamin G reader asked if there was anything to these sandals, and I investigated…
****FitFlops have tons of fans, including Oprah, who apparently loves them. But do they really work? The answer is yes and no.
While some say you can wear these things and feel the burn in your butt and calves, you’d have to do some serious walking in them to see results–and walking in flip flops can lead to foot problems, warn some. (They’re sold at Bliss–check them out here.)
Even more, experts suggest that you should only wear these things if you have the right type of feet. Surprising, I know. Cary M. Golub, DPM, a podiatrist in private practice in Long Beach, N.Y., spoke to WebMD on the topic: “They are not meant for everybody, especially the person with flat feet,” says Golub. “For these people, it’s like sticking a rock in the arch, which pushes the arch up, creating calf pain,” he says. He adds that he has seen patients with leg complaints after wearing FitFlops.
Do you wear these things? Have you been thinking about buying them? I have to admit, it sounds like an appealing product, but I don’t think they’re very cute, what about you?
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