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The muscle groups of your two feet make up 25 percent of the body's muscles. The stronger your feet, the stronger your foundation is for everything however consider strengthening your feet to be a long-term project. We have put together 7 key exercises for healthier feet.

1. Toe grip

Strengthens foot muscles to improve balance. Place an item on the floor and use your toes to grip and lift it off the floor. Hold for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat five times with each foot. Another version of this is to put about 7-10 small objects on the floor such as lego or marbles and place a small cup nearby. Using your toes, pick up the pieces one at a time and put them in the cup. Just remember to count that you have collected all the objects.  

Running is more than using our legs. It’s a coordinated whole-body effort, which means that core stability is a major factor. A strong core provides the foundation for efficient, economical movement in the limbs, and is therefore critical for injury prevention. Stable hips allow for a powerful stride and keep excess strain out of the knees and ankles.

Runners know that they need to stay hydrated especially in warm summer weather.

Dehydration in runners may lead to fatigue, headaches, decreased coordination, and muscle cramping. Other heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, have even more serious consequences. Runners need to pay attention to what and how much they’re drinking before, during and after exercise.

Before you run

At the summer cottage, in the harbour, on holiday in the sun. Circuit training is an effective form of exercise that you can do anywhere.

Circuit training is a form of body conditioning or resistance training using high-intensity aerobics. It targets strength building and muscular endurance. An exercise "circuit" is one completion of all prescribed exercises in the program. When one circuit is complete, one begins the first exercise again for the next circuit. Traditionally, the time between exercises in circuit training is short, often with rapid movement to the next exercise. source

Studies have shown that chocolate has a number of benefits that can aid health and also aid runners. Before you reach for your favourite chocolate bar it is important to know that the studies are referring to cocoa or contents of the cocoa bean of which dark chocolate can contain a high percentage of whereas milk chocolate tends to contains only small amount of cocoa.

WHAT’S OUT FOR 2016?

A number of exercises failed to make the top 20 in the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) annual survey of worldwide fitness trends. The exercises that dropped out were post rehabilitation classes, worker incentive programs, exercise programs specifically for overweight and obese children, balance training, boot camp, indoor cycling, Pilates, running clubs, water workouts, Groupon, stability ball, and Zumba.

We have been reviewing the The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual survey of fitness trends for the past years. The annual survey of worldwide fitness trends is now in its 10th year, and this time has some very surprising results.

1. Wearable technology.

We are not going to follow the crowd and highlight the best ways to set and achieve New Year’s resolutions. We have done that before and if you are interested see below for our previous tips. However we do believe that a great motivator to get fit is to train for an event which will be a key milestone in your calendar.

There area number of really good websites highlighting running events across the USA and you could be surprised to find some close to you.  The events are not all marathons, there are loads of beginner events and 5km runs which are a great way to get you into or back to running.

We are not going to follow the crowd and highlight the best ways to set and achieve New Year’s resolutions. We have done that before and if you are interested see below for our previous tips. However we do believe that a great motivator to get fit is to train for an event which will be a key milestone in your calendar.

There area number of really good websites highlighting running events and you could be surprised to find some close to you or perhaps an event abroad is an event better motivator.  The events are not all marathons, there are loads of beginner events and 5km runs which are a great way to get you into or back to running.

Omega–3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids because humans cannot make them; therefore, they must be obtained through the diet or supplementation. Foods high in Omega-3 have been linked to reduced feelings of anxiety and depression by maintaining healthy levels of dopamine and serotonin, the brain chemicals responsible for keeping you happy. Omega-3 can be found in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, and anchovies as well as in seeds such as flax seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds.

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