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ACE Study Finds Little Benefit to Wearing Skechers Shape-Up Shoes

Posted on Dec 14, 2010
The New Year can mean only one thing – New Year’s resolutions. Many Americans are considering the ever popular commitment of getting in shape in the upcoming year.

In addition, many Americans are looking to toning shoes, such as Skechers’ Shape-ups, to help them get in shape instead of regularly visits to the gym. That is because many people are buying into the hype that toning shoes can help them get into shape without having to workout in a smelly and crowded workout facility.

As a matter of fact, Skechers claims in their ads: “Now you can get in shape without setting foot in a gym.” Their website boasts that Shape-ups will help you tone your butt, leg and abdominal muscles, burn calories, fight cellulite, improve your posture and circulation and reduce knee joint stress.

A recent American Council on Exercise (ACE) study contradicts these claims. The study shows that toning shoes, such as those manufactured by Skechers, Reebok and Masai Barefoot Technology, lack a significant increase in health benefits for those who wear them.

“There is simply no evidence to support the claims that these shoes will help wearers exercise more intensely, burn more calories or improve muscle strength and tone,” says ACE.

Skechers, among other toning shoe manufactures, cite research showing beneficial effects of wearing their products.

Many experts claim that there is no substitute for good old fashion exercise.

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