For years now I’ve been admiring the gams of women the world over, and wondered what the secret was behind such leggy beauties. After Googling some leg exercises I happened upon the current trend; The Stiletto Workout, made famous by fitness expert; Nicole Damaris (featured on “Health & Beauty”).
Mind you, I have a tendency to trip over my own feet in flats, so how in blue blazes was I going to wear a stiletto to an actual workout!?! I’d much rather retain my ability to walk normally, without a mummified “ankle accessory,” then to push the limit all in the name of shedding some poundage. Some of you may share the same sentiment, but Damaris claims that it helps to improve balance, correct posture and help build leg and core strength (ndgfit.com).
The Opposition: A plethora of podiatrists urge women to avoid these type of workouts due to the high risk of injuries such as; ankle sprains & fractures, Metatarsalgia, and Achilles Tendonitis, which causes abnormal posture and excess pressure on the balls of the feet, which causes joint, back and leg pain. (Platte Valley Foot & Ankle Clinic).
The Devils Advocate: the argument is that there is insufficient padding for support, and lack of space for the toes to move freely thus restricting natural movement. However, is this style of exercise any different from the highly esteemed dance genres (and dance workouts) such as Ballet, especially using point shoes? After all, Ballet on point is even more precarious because there is no heel (be it thick or thin) for any type of support thus putting all the pressure on the toes. So, therefore doing Stiletto workouts can’t be all that bad, can it?
The Balancing Act: We’ve all ached for a foot rub and have complained about the onions & bunions that cropped up from overly wearing the wonderous beasts we call; heels. Despite the risks involved, we’re going to wear them anyways so why not exercise discernment!?! I believe that, just like anything else, it’s all in moderation and modification.
I know that it’s more glamorous to wear those new stilettos you purchased from Charlotte Russe, but if you want to participate in this trend in the safest way possible then alter it to your needs. Instead of heels choose athletic wedges such as Nike’s Dunk Sky Highs. Are they too sporty? Try low-heeled (2 inch or less) wedges or kitten heels, especially if you’re new to the workout! You could even do it barefoot standing on carpet or a yoga mat if it’s more comfortable.
We all know how difficult it can be to even stand in stilettos, so the thought of bouncing around like Tina Turner or Beyonce doing a hip hop routine might be a tad bit much for you. Cater to YOUR needs by doing standing workouts with minimum aerobic movement that solely focuses on strength training such as the POP workout series by Blogilates (I can personally vouch for this. I do this about once a week and saw good results with minimum pain). Lastly, choose a shorter workout routine so as to avoid excessive pressure on the legs and feet for extended periods of time.
In essence, exercise regimes such as the Stiletto Workout is supposed to be about expressing and reconfirming femininity and sensuality. There’s nothing wrong with the Stiletto fitness craze, but just do it sensibly!
*Here’s a Youtube video featuring such a workout. Give a try! (Victoria Secret Supermodel Stiletto Workout)
Happy Fitness My Pretties,