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Do toning shoes actually work?

Do toning shoes actually work?

No…not any more than regular walking shoes.

On average, you’ll burn the same number of calories whether you’re wearing:

  • Skechers Shape-Ups
  • Reebok EasyTone shoes
  • MBT shoes
  • Regular running shoes

If you’re losing weight and feeling ‘toned’ after walking in ‘toning’ shoes, it’s probably because you’re actually walking and not because of the shoes.

In a recent study…

Exercise scientists at the UW-La Crosse, compared toning shoes to running shoes.

  • Women burned the same number of calories per minute (within 0.2 calories) walking at different speeds and inclines, regardless of the shoe.
  • There wasn’t any significant difference in the muscle activity of their thighs, butt, calves, back, or abs when wearing toning shoes compared to regular running shoes.

Source:
John Parcari, Ph.D., John Greany, Ph.D., Stephanie Tepper, M.S., Brian Edmonson, B.S., and Carl Foster, Ph.D., with Mark Anders. Will toning shoes really give you a better body? ACEFitness.org.




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