bethenny frankelI am all for fitness fads. I have tried almost everything -- and I mean that. I even did hypnotherapy for weight loss once. Ridiculous, I know. But this one tops that. Bethenny Frankel is  working out in her stilettos. It's crazy seeing the Skinny Girl creator teeter around in those things on a gym floor. Honestly, it look as though you are more likely to break your neck than break a sweat.

This fitness trend is gaining popularity, especially in big cities. The former Real Housewives of New York City star lead a Pumped in Pumps exercise class recently in a sexy read pair of Manolo Blahniks. Let me just say, I own a pair of those heels myself and they are some of the most uncomfortable shoes I have ever worn. But the way Bethenny looked in photos taken of the class,  it appears to be the most invigorating, pain-free workout she's ever had.

Sorry. I don't buy that. They were kicking, lunging, and doing various other moves in the spiky footwear and there is no way their piggies weren't seriously hurting. Proponents of these classes say carefully choreographed moves strengthen your core and tone your leg muscles. I am sure this is much easier for women who wear high heels every day, all day but I still worry that working out in those things can do more harm than good.

Dress heels are not constructed for exercise. These are not like the pairs professional dancers wear. There is a reason exercise shoes were invented. We need protection -- and not just for our feet. Cross trainers usually have gel or cushioning that will help save our knees in the long rung. Stilettos are just not made for the type of impact exercise typically requires.

Would you work out in heels?

 

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