London, Apr 8 (ANI): An amazing pair of bouncing boots, which turn users into a human kangaroo, look set to be the summer's most bizarre fitness trend.
Featuring a spring-loaded sole, the mini-trampolines for the feet were initially invented to help people recover from sports injuries by taking away the impact of running on their joints.
However, now they're being sold for 166 pounds as a fun way of enjoying all the benefits of a tough gym or aerobics workout, without anyone bawling 'no pain, no gain' in the face.
Last week the boots, called Kangoo Jumps, featured in the hit reality TV show 'Made In Chelsea' when two of the glossy young stars, Binky Felstead and Cheska Hull, were filmed jogging in them beside the River Thames.
The boots are also being used for aerobics and dance classes in a growing number of gyms.
The manufacturers claim they protect your knees and other joints when exercising by taking away up to 80 percent of the impact, and increase endurance, improve weight loss and help sculpture your thighs and buttocks.
They also claim that the act of bouncing for 30 to 40 minutes twice a week boosts your lymphatic system by encouraging the removal of toxins from your body.
Kangoo Jumps are fastened like roller blades or ski boots, with quick-release buckles and sturdy straps. Once they're on, you need to do a little march on the spot to get yourself used to the sensation, which feels rather like jogging on a trampoline.
But after a few moments, you're ready to start running on the spot, moving off - or bouncing up to 3ft in the air.
Exactly how the boots are made is a closely guarded secret because of fears of copycats violating the patent.
The outer boot's hard shell is made from polyurethane and the two spring arcs underneath from what the manufacturers call 'space-age plastic'.
In between the arcs is a tension spring - acting a little like a rubber band - which can be adjusted according to your weight.
The boots were first created in the Nineties by a Swiss entrepreneur called Denis Naville and he has been gradually developing them ever since.
"The Swiss are not known for doing things fast," the Daily Mail quoted Naville as saying.
"Ultimately every household will have a good reason to own at least one pair. Everybody thinks, oh, they're going to fall. Nobody ever falls.
"You have to be extraordinarily clumsy to fall," he said.
Paul Clarkson, 42, is the head of Kangoo Jumps in the UK. He started working with them by accident five years ago, after seeing them on a fitness DVD and realising they could help with his own health problems.
"I was born with spina bifida and have had health complications all my life. My left leg is three-quarters of an inch smaller than the right and I have only half the ligament in my left knee," he said.
"I can now use Kangoo Jumps as part of my rehabilitation and for keeping my general health in order.
"I use them three or four times a week for 45 to 60 minutes a time. I just put my iPod on and bounce and gently jog. They help with my posture, spinal and leg-strengthening.' Paul is campaigning for the child's version of Kangoo Jumps - the Power Shoe - to be used in schools to tackle obesity.
"In secondary schools, the boys want to run on them and see who can bounce the highest but also play basketball and rounders wearing them," Clarkson added. (ANI)
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