If you’ve been dealing with back aches and sore feet lately, the problem may lie in your shoes. If correcting your posture, promoting better blood circulation throughout your body and toning your legs, buttocks and abs sound like tolerable side effects, MBT shoes may be just the answer you’ve been searching for.
The Story Behind MBT
Since their introduction in the US in 2003, MBT shoes have experienced and huge surge in popularity and are helping millions of happy users get in shape with their simple design. Chances are, you’ve seen them around-they’re those shoes with a convex curve on the sole. The story of how this incredible new footwear design came about is an interesting one.
MBT shoes were first developed by a Swiss Engineer named Karl Muller who noticed that walking barefoot over soft ground for an extended period seemed to improve his chronic back pain. His research led him to the Masai tribe of Africa whose runners were renowned as some of the fastest in the world. And their speed and strength was often attributed to training barefoot.
Muller realized that regular shoes caused the foot to strike the ground differently compared to barefoot walking, while focusing pressure on areas of the foot that ultimately experience pain because of it. Muller soon created a shoe with a design he called Masai Barefoot Technology, or MBT. The shoes use their trademark curve and lots of cushioning to simulate walking barefoot in sand.
Since their introduction, numerous studies have revealed just how MBT shoes work their magic. Their curved soles cause pressure to be spread throughout the foot rather than focusing it on the heels while simultaneously creating minor instability. In order to correct this instability, the body naturally employs several muscle groups to maintain balance, just as it does when walking in sand.
It is precisely this increase in muscle engagement combined with the un-focusing of pressure that leads to many of MBT shoes’ health benefits. Muscles in the calves, thighs and buttocks that normally go neglected or barely used in normal shoes are thrown immediately into action when you don a pair of MBT’s. This refocused energy eventually works to tone your entire lower half, among other important benefits.
Studies have shown that both oxygen use and circulation increase noticeably just through wearing MBT shoes. Since they can be worn practically all day, this can lead to significant strengthening of the entire cardiovascular system.
Another benefit of wearing MBT shoes is improved posture. Because the body is forced to constantly correct its balance, the muscles that keep it aligned are engaged almost continuously. This phenomenon improves gait, burns more calories than normal shoes do and corrects the posture so that you can begin looking thinner immediately!
Aside from being an inexpensive and hassle free way to add a bit of exercise to your life, MBT shoes, partly owing to their popularity, are now available in tons of styles, so that you can continue the workout in virtually any situation.
For every day errands and chores, many users prefer sneakers style MBT’s or simple and casual Mary Jane’s. If you plan to use your pair for more organized workouts, on trails or the road, MBT shoes designed specifically for walking would be an appropriate choice. For rainy or wintry weather, you can even don a stylish pair of toning boots. MBT shoes are even available as sandals for relaxing in the backyard or on the beach.
Getting the Hang of It
As with any new exercise regimen or routine, it’s a good idea to allow a grace period so that you can become used to working out new muscle groups. Even though MBT shoes are a snap to use and mimic a natural condition, you should use them for only 15 minutes at a time for the first few times. After that, gradually increase the time you use them until you can tolerate them for as long as you like.