It’s a health conscious world we’re living. It’s not just enough to eat your fruits, walk daily, drink eight cups of water, take your vitamins and adopt the whole get-fit caboodle. These days, people also get to “wear their health,” as we’ll see in the following examples.
Subject no. 1: FitFlop! The latest designer incarnation of the ubiquitous thong sandals became famous when the likes of Oprah and Heidi Klum started to endorse it, and celebrities like Julianne Moore started wearing ’em. FitFlop takes pride in its slogan “It’s the flip flop with the gym built-in.” The official literature says the brand gives your feet a workout through its MicroWobbleboard technology in midsole which lets you exert 15% more energy in walking. More effort means you get to burn your muscles more, thus toning and firming the legs.
I’ve had my red FitFlop for over a month now, and I can’t tell the difference yet. Probably the reason is that I also work out in the gym and have always walked fast. But I do like the its quality, especially the non-slip outsole. I wear the FitFlops when the occasion allows,such as during weekends. I think it’s better to try something that claims to have health benefits, and go from there.
At present, FitFlops are sold for three thousand pesos in Manila stores like R.O.X. on Bonifacio High Street. Mine was a gift taken from the Victoria’s Secret catalogue which sold it at $50; still, it was such a hassle being taxed for this at the Post Office. On another note, this Newsweek report on the bad effects of flip-flops is rather… disturbing.
Subject No. 2: titanium accessories, like bracelets and necklaces! I remember how someone tried to sell me one before for $200 under a multi-level scheme which would have required me to sell it to other people too. I couldn’t understand at first how a long strip of metal can bring one health benefits, even though I’ve seen the stuff being worn by a lot of Koreans at work. Am just not the type to believe in these things. Recently, I gave in and bought one… just not the expensive ones I see in the other stores. I think it cost only a little more than 500 hundred pesos in Toby’s Arena Mall of Asia. I’ve been wearing my unbranded titanium necklace for close to a month and I feel better. I feel lesser aches and pains around the neck and lower back area which usually occurs when am stressed. Holy schmoly, this one works! 😛