Holiday Gift for the Busy Woman
After having my second baby, my body definitely didn’t bounce back from the rigors of pregnancy and childbirth the way it had after my first child’s birth. My stomach suddenly had extra fat where no extra fat had been, and I found myself stuck with ten bonus pounds that seemed bound and determined to stay with me. For the most part, I didn’t really mind. I liked my appearance and the ten extra pounds weren’t especially noticeable or bothersome to me. But I did wish that I had just a little more strength and muscle tone, especially since taking care of two small and active boys can be incredibly tiring. Unfortunately, because of those same two small and active boys, I just didn’t have time to follow a scheduled workout.
Then I learned about Trim Treads, unique footwear that is designed to increase core strength, tone lower body muscles and burn extra calories without any workout at all. I was thrilled when I was given a chance to put the company’s claims to the test by reviewing a pair of Trim Treads Sandals, the most popular style, for myself.
I received the Trim Treads Sandals in size 7 black to review. The sandals run large, so to ensure the correct size, customers are instructed to order one size below their regular shoe size. By following the website recommendation, I found that the size 7 footwear fit me just perfectly and the straps held the sandals nice and snugly on my feet.
The sandals use a platform in the center to ensure that when customers wear the shoes, they have to exert their lower body muscles to keep their balance, while at the same time standing in a manner that encourages proper posture and tones the core stomach muscles. The recommended use of the shoes is 30 minutes per day while performing regular activities. I decided that I would wear the shoes every day while I picked up the living room, swept the kitchen floor and did my general tidying.
The first day I wore the shoes, it took me pretty much the entire 30 minutes to figure out how to correctly balance in the shoes. I read through the enclosed information and learned that when I was doing a stationary activity I could get a regular workout by standing normally or I could also rock to the back and then to the front to give my muscles a heavier workout.
By the second day, I had definitely mastered walking and balancing in the Trim Treads sandals. Walking in the Trim Treads was similar to walking in a pair of high heels, except that the sandals had no heel. Instead, my own body strength exerted the force necessary to keep me upright. The platform on the shoe is a full two inches wide, so the balancing isn’t too difficult and I didn’t find that walking in the shoes felt hazardous in any way.
I noticed that I could really feel my calves and thighs working in these shoes. I didn’t notice the stomach-toning benefits as much at first, but I found when I made a conscious effort to stand up straight and tall while wearing the Trim Treads I could feel my stomach muscles working to hold me upright. My lower body got a great workout no matter what I was doing, but my core needed a bit of conscious thought on my part to get the same benefits. After realizing this, I made sure that I always reminded myself at least once while wearing the Trim Treads to stand up straight.
I’ve been using the Trim Treads sandals for about three weeks now, and I’m very impressed with how much my lower body strength has improved. I can easily wear the sandals for half an hour now, so I have moved up to a full hour to increase my benefits even more. I didn’t experience any miracle weight-loss or sudden huge bursts of energy, but my legs are stronger, my stomach is flatter and with continued use I have no doubt that I will eventually see some amazing results. And all just by putting on a pair of shoes!
Trim Treads would make a great gift for any friend or family member that is looking for a way to get into shape and doesn’t know how to get started. After all, how much easier can toning your muscles be? Trim Treads are also available in a boot and a clog style and the Trim Treads Sandals come in seven different colors, so the footwear is fun to wear too! For a strength-building workout that anyone can find time for, check out Trim Treads for yourself. Toning your muscles and burning extra calories just doesn’t get any easier!
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