daily fitbattle #1164 (HOT or NOT? five fingers and five toes…)


FiveFingers on your feet? HOT or NOT?

I’m going to tread (pun intended) carefully on this subject. I want to honor the opinions of two people with opposing views. Both of whom I respect and care about.

In one corner…my little sis and her loving hubby (okay yes, it’s really three people, two against one). They both recently acquired a pair of FiveFingers. In the opposing corner…Chris my trainer who’s not a fan (of the FiveFingers).

Every day there are more and more people who wear FiveFingers to the gym. There are even some trainers that sport them regularly. Honestly I must admit that my interest in piqued.

So I figured…why not try to figure out this new fitness shoe fad. (Fad defined: “A fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period of time; a craze.”) Time will tell whether these new shoes are a fad or not.

Chris cracks me up…I told him that I’m visiting my sister in a couple of weeks so who knows…maybe I’ll come home from San Fran with my own pair of FiveFingers. He made some smart bleep comment and told me to come back with Birkenstocks instead. Hee hee!

Okay for those of you who have NO idea what the heck I’m talking about…FiveFingers are newer shoes that people are wearing primarily for fitness type activities. But these shoes claim to serve many purposes and are good for a lot of activities on land and sea. Here’s the 411 on FiveFingers from Vibram website:

The typical human foot is an anatomical marvel of evolution with 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles, and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons and ligaments. Like the rest of the body, to keep our feet healthy, they need to be stimulated and exercised.

That’s why we recommend wearing FiveFingers for exercise, play, and for fun. Stimulating the muscles in your feet and lower legs will not only make you stronger and healthier, it improves your balance, agility and proprioception.

Similar to the Paleo (Paleolithic or Caveman) Diet and the Raw revolution, FiveFinger shoes offer a natural (back to our roots) running experience for those who are willing to spend $80 or so for a pair. Personally I don’t really think I can justify the expense simply for the purpose of giving these shoes a chance, so I’ll leave it to my sis and bro-in-law.

I found a little news clip on YouTube featuring the Five Finger shoes if you want to see them up close.

So you are wondering whether of not I’m going to consider the FiveFingers HOT or NOT? No way are you going to get me to go on record…I’m leaving it up to you! Wanna weigh in? Take the poll…

Until later! Kathi

Here are my daily nutrition stats for Monday:

calories 1361 1425 <64>
protein 140 grams 150 grams <10> grams
carbs 136 grams 150 grams <14> grams
total fat 33 grams 25 grams + 8 grams

Here are my other stats for today:

Workout MORNING…stretching, treadmill for a 10 min warmup at 4.0, and elliptical for 30 mins at level 6. EVENING…stretching and a full-body workout with Chris
Successes HA!!! Great nutrition day finally…
Opportunities Just a little over in fat.

3 Responses to “daily fitbattle #1164 (HOT or NOT? five fingers and five toes…)”

  1. I can’t weigh in as to whether they are hot or not, although my hunch is they are not a great fashion statement. I definitely agree they are good for your feet. Or even better would be to actually go barefoot and let our feet work as they were intended. We have been walking, running and hiking in ours and I feel great when I wear them, I suppose feeling great is hot right?!

  2. 2 Curly Hair Princess

    I couldn’t vote because I’m not either/or on the subject right now. My husband has a pair that he originally bought to use for Martial Arts where I see the value in using something like that.

    However, when he wears them out in public it is certainly a love it or hate it kind of thing. My daughter makes fun of him and says he’s wearing his monkey feet since he has the black full cover ones.

    I’d think they would be useful in yoga or for rock climbing but I just don’t see the value yet in running “barefoot” which is what is creating a lot of the buzz around them.


  3. Curly…I think you are right. Most people are either for or against. 😉 I can’t wait to see the FiveFingers up close in personal when I visit Teresa.

    TK…can’t wait to see you! 😉

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