Toning shoes might seem like a great, easy way to tone your legs and butt without a tough workout, but as personal trainer Andrew Sutherland warns, they may not be all they’re pumped up to be. Because they mess with your balance, they can cause the same sprains and pains associated with stilettos, and Sutherland warns that they should not be worn as a replacement for exercise. So what does he recommend for those wanting the shapely gams flaunted by the fit (but headless) ladies in the commercials?
“The first thing I would recommend is to go to the gym and learn the right moves properly from an experienced trainer,” Sutherland says.
But for those of us who workout at home or on our own, Sutherland says to start with the following moves:
- Calf Raise: With one foot on the ground and one foot raised, elevate yourself up onto your toe/ball of your foot, pausing for a second, then return to the original position and repeat several times.
- Single-Leg Dead Lift: For hamstrings, stand on one leg, lower your head, and bend from the hip down to the ground, lifting the opposing leg in sync with your dropping head (like a seesaw). Then slowly return to your original position.
- Glute Kickbacks: While down on all fours, elevate one leg and squeeze your glutes, keeping both knees at a 90-degree angle. The bottom of the lifted foot should be moving straight up towards the sky paralell with the roof. Then return back to original position and repeat on the other side.
Andrew Sutherland is a personal trainer who offers sessions, and occasionaly blogs at Cardio-Go www.cardiogo.ca