So you’ve watched the infomercial and you’re sold. You don’t know anyone who owns that “fitness equipment thingy”, but for $19.99 (or five installments of $19.99 depending on the commercial), you figure that it can’t do any harm.
Don’t be so sure.
Yes, there are a lot of fantastic fitness products out here to choose from, but for every 20 good ones, there are one or two bad ones that really should go back on the inventory stocking shelves…permanently.
Are you wondering what a few of them are? Welcome to the world of “fitness products that aren’t worth your time or money”.
There’s no denying that trampolines are loads of fun. However, when it comes to getting any real and lasting physical results, they just don’t stand up to the task. In addition, because so many people jump and flip on them the wrong ways, there is huge potential for injury rather than exercise.
Sketcher’s Shape-Up Shoes
We all know the saying: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Yes, Sketcher’s boldly claims that their shape-up shoes will tone your legs and buttocks, but there have been enough researchers, fitness trainers and health professionals that have tried them out and come to the conclusion that it’s an exaggerated claim, at best. Bodyweight workout is what accomplishes a toning goal, not a pair of “puffed up” tennis shoes.
Jumping ropes without rope
Have you seen these before? They’re basically the handles of a jumping rope without the rope connecting them. Some may think it’s like a Wii version of rope jumping, but it’s actually more like playing make-believe. The rope exists for a reason. It helps with coordination and keeps you at a certain pace while jumping. Plus, you’re probably paying more for the pretend version when a good real jumping rope can cost you somewhere around ten bucks. Stick with the real thing. Your body will thank you for it.
A vibrating chair is cool. It’s definitely a nice way to rest and relax after a long day. But a pair of vibrating weights? More like “dumb” bells. Really, what is that going to accomplish other than frustration after you realize about a month later that you bought something that serves absolutely no real purpose? If you’ve heard any of the ads, then you’ve probably noticed that they claim to burn muscle energy. They should’ve had someone else write their ad copy, because one of the main goals in exercising is to actually burn fat. Plus, any little bit of benefit that it may provide by way of resistance, your body adapts to over time, still proving it to be ultimately ineffective. Use that twenty bucks and get a couple of real dumbbells instead. And don’t shake them…lift them. Just as dumbbells are supposed to be used in the first place.
This footage from the Ellen DeGeneres show pretty much sums it up!
Before purchasing any kind of bottled water, you might want to do some quick research on FDA.gov; not because there’s necessarily anything wrong with it, but so you can be aware of the health regulations that are placed upon them. After you do that and you feel like your plain water is safe (if need be, put a filter on your tap to clear up any concerns there as well), when it comes to drinking water, you can pretty much leave it at that. In other words, drinking the kind with stuff in it, prevents it from being pure water and no matter what the commercials may tell you, by reading some merchant account comparison and reviews then checking the labels, there’s a resounding conclusion that you will come to: There’s a heck of a lot more in that vitamin water than some H2O and some Vitamin C.
Matter of fact, if anything it is giving you a rush, it’s that (on average) 13 grams of sugar that’s in each bottle. Our bodies are made of mostly water. The original version that’s clear, tasteless and relatively free is just what it needs…and prefers.