If you purchased any of Skecher’ footwear called Shape-ups, Resistance Runner, Shape-ups Toners/Trainers, and Tone-ups between August 1, 2008 and August 13, 2012, inclusive, the proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit may affect your rights.

This statement released by Skechers is oh so bittersweet to me. Bitter in the fact that these shoes were simply terrible for your biomechanics, caused quite a few injuries and didn’t live up to the promises — sweet in the fact that these false advertisements can no longer be posted and in the fact that I took a fairly strong stance against these shoes in a previous article citing the limited research behind the shoes claims.

So what can we all learn from this?

Lessons Learned

It is easy to get caught up in new exercise workout and equipment trends, and rightfully so. Losing weight and gaining muscle is no overnight, easy process, no matter how bad we want to change. Understandably, many of us look to “get it quick” schemes that most often not only fail, but also can cause damage to your body. As much as I would like to drill Skechers in this article, maybe it’s best to look at what we can learn from this.

  1. Stick with what has worked. You can’t beat exercising in a manner that has worked since ancient times. You know how trends always repeat themselves? Well, it may have taken thousands of years, but now there is a strong movement towards “body weight workouts,” as posted in TIMEand which I have always been a fan of. Minimalist exercise is not only cheap, but just as efficient as exercising with heavy weights in a gym — in most cases. When it comes to exercise, do what you like, and choose what is simple.
  2. Look at the research. When a new diet or exercise plan comes out, you have to do your research. In the medical world, no new drug becomes FDA-approved without many years of research and development. This is how you should treat your health decisions as well. If you become interested in a new product or workout, check out the research that supports it. Preferably, there should be a scientific journal article regarding the effectiveness of the product, workout routine or diet. If not, check to see if there is any expert advice from physicians or experts who comment on its safety and effectiveness. By the way, make sure that they aren’t being paid for their opinions… I have to admit that this can be difficult and take time, but it makes more sense to invest in things that are concrete and proven beneficial so that you don’t waste your time and money.
  3. Ask. This day in age, it is too easy to ask for an expert’s opinion about a change you are looking to make. Email me anytime if you want more information about a product or trend. You also have your doctor at your disposal for any questions regarding your health. You can also send a Facebook message or a Tweet to almost anyone these days, who would probably be willing to lead you in the right direction.

My passion is first for all of you to be safe, and second to appropriately achieve the results that you want 🙂