Health professionals are magnets for those questions that everyone asks in hope of an easy answer. Athletic trainers are not immune. And working in the industrial setting, we may be more inclined to incur the thoughts of inquisitive minds. We often run into folks that are trying to get in shape, trying to be healthy, or just want to be an informed consumer.
Some of more recent questions that you probably have faced recently: “Should I start running barefoot?” “I hear those BOSUs are really good, should I go out and buy one and start exercising with it? And another that has raged for the last while: “What do you think of those Skecher Shape-Ups?”
At first glance – you see an elevated heel which will lead to an anterior pelvic tilt which is not a good starting point. You see an unstable surface at the heel which is disturbing as well. And then you examine the claim that walking in these shoes will help promote toning, etc. While I would certainly want someone to walk and move around versus sit around and watch TV all day, walking is not the best exercise vehicle on the planet when related to strengthening and fat loss, etc. and I am less than convinced that these shoes will somehow elevate walking to some elite exercise status. So, I am already skeptical.
So I came across this review that I figured I’d share with you so that you can add this information in your memory bank and use it however you see fit the next time someone asks you about these shoes.
It is important to stay informed and be able to give information when asked. People look to us for sound advice and when we can back it up with facts and research, this certainly adds to our credibility.