New Year, new YOU!

Published February 7, 2009 by Syllable

A lot of people have gotten back to their hectic schedules, and that usually means the same old excuse of no time to exercise – I’ve used it too many times to count myself.

However, this year I’m going to tell you about a couple of health gadgets that are going to change the way you think, and feel, about your workout.

It is as simple as walking 20 minutes a day. Starting with footwear that will turn your world upside down – sort of. I am talking about FitFlops.

FitFlop midsoles incorporate patent-pending micro-wobbleboardTM technology, to give you a workout while you walk. Developed by Darren James and Dr David Cook at LSBU, the FitFlop’s unique safely-tapered midsole places varying densities of EVA under your feet each time you step, to challenge the support and balance muscles of the foot and leg.

So what does this mean? Basically, the shoes challenge hard to reach muscles more. In independent University testing, FitFlops have been shown to trigger increase gluteal muscle response, increased hamstring response, increase rectus femoris (thigh) response and increased calf muscle response. And so every step you take in your FitFlops helps tone and trim your legs, work your bum muscles more, and have a significant effect on the toning muscles of your thighs.

Walking in FitFlops is like walking barefoot, but a little bit better, making it easier to stay in shape. FitFlops slow the eversion rate of the average person’s step, so that the time the muscle spends in an active state is increased during every step. The muscle fibers activated are the ‘slow twitch’ type, which are the fibres that create longer, leaner-looking limbs.

FitFlops will be good for at least four to six months of intensive wear and tear, and should never have to be discarded because of odour buildup.

After my back operation in November 2007, I wasn’t too sure of whether FitFlops will be beneficial for me, and I couldn’t find any answers from anyone as to whether they will do more harm than good. This was a great opportunity for me to (cautiously) see if they would affect my back at all. Walking in these shoes made me rise up and concentrate on my posture and I cannot complain of any pain or adverse effects, and I would happily recommend them to anyone tempted to use the “no time” excuse.

For more information on this workout-in-a-shoe, visit http://www.fitflop.co.za

And for a stylish way to monitor your stats and progress, have a look at the Garmin Forerunner 50 – a sports watch and heatmonitor.

Jump-start your training with Forerunner 50. This sleek sport watch is ideal for running, cycling and other fitness activities, and is available with a wireless heart rate monitor/foot pod, or both. It also automatically transmits workouts to your computer so you can analyze, store and share data using the online community, Garmin Connect™.

The Forerunner 50 provides you with instant workout data including training time, pace, distance, lap pace, lap time, lap distance, average and best pace, calories, maximum and average heart rate. It also records both lap and detailed data, and comes bundled with different accessories to help you track your progress for whatever moves you.

With Garmin’s innovative optional ANT+™ wireless technology, your workouts are automatically transferred to your computer when your device is within range. No cables, no hookups.

Oh, and of course it is also a watch with dual time zones, a calendar (day/date), and a daily alarm.
More information on the Garmin Forerunner 50 can be found on the FitFuel website.

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