Do you ever feel like there’s never enough time for a workout? Now there’s a new option – just for women – to shape up without exercise. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports.
Samantha Ewers is a 24-year-old student who spends most of her time sitting in front of a computer, where she also writes about products she tries. She says she lost weight and feels more toned, after wearing a new calorie-burning shaper.
“I am definitely not an exercise type person,” said Ewers.
It’s called ShaToBu, for shaping, toning and burning calories.
Dr. Denise Perron, a Canadian chiropractor, invented the undergarment, by sewing resistance bands into a girdle-type shaper that smoothes out your figure, as you can see in pictures from the company’s website.
Dr. Perron said, “In blending fashion with fitness, in the sense of saying I’m looking better and I’m dong something good for me. And when I’m working and I didn’t get time to go to the gym, I feel like at least I’ve done something.”
In videotape provided by ShaToBu, women wearing the garment had their oxygen monitored in a lab, while walking on a treadmill and climbing stairs. Nearly three-quarters of the women burned extra calories, an average of 12 percent more.
“On a daily activity basis, you’re talking about 200 calories,” said Dr. Perron.
In addition to the extra calorie burn, she says ShaToBu tones muscles by providing about five pounds of resistance.
“And going up and down stairs gets even more results,” said Dr. Perron.
Samantha Ewers says it feels like wearing control top pantyhose, and she loves getting the little extra benefit.
“I just think it’s great because exercise is just so difficult for people to get into, so I think this is a great alternative for people who are going about their busy lives and really are just looking for a way to tone and burn calories,” said Ewers.
Creators of ShaToBu say the undergarment is not meant to replace exercise; just enhance it. And medical experts remind us that nothing can replace the overall health benefits of a daily workout.
The shaper costs $50 to $60, and is available online. For more information, click here.