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FootBalance has agreed to sponsor Team Rynkeby, the Nordic region’s most visible charity project, during the Tour de France 2017. Team Rynkeby cycles to Paris every year to raise money for children suffering from a critical illness. In 2017, Team Rynkeby will be supporting two causes: children with cancer and children with lung disease.

Now that warmer weather is here, we are all eager to go outside and be more active. It is important to be mindful of your foot health as you start or increase your exercise regime. Start your spring by giving your feet & footwear the once over.

For some of us casual cyclist, spring is the time of the year we take the bike out of storage and decide to put some pedal to the metal. Here are some tips to help you shift up the gears quickly this spring.

1 Give your bike some attention

Before you jump on your bike and head off to start of the season make sure you have thoroughly checked its condition. If you are a good mechanic, you could to this yourself, or have your local shop. For a quick initial safety check follow these tips

For a more detailed tune up follow these tips  or check out this YouTube video.

The sounds of everyday life affect us to a greater extent than we think. Fast food chains use fast tempo music get us to eat quicker, store music encourages to shop more and loud noise often affect our concentration.

So what about music for running or exercise? Which side of the debate are you on?

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.

Here at FootBalance we are constantly reviewing the colour trends for the seasons. As per our last year’s autumn/fall report, blue continues to be a stand out colour. Again we look to Pantone who are synonyms with fashion and colour. Pantone provide their top 10 colours listed in their Fall 2016 report.

We wrote a Halloween blog post 5 Ghoulishly Nutritious Sporty Halloween Snacks some time ago and we thought we would add some extra ideas from across the net for spookily good Halloween snacks. Use the ideas to trick the kids into eating healthy treats this Halloween.

Our feet are the foundations of our bodies, yet we give them little respect. Your feet are probably the last part of your body you think about and we take them for granted until they start hurting. They're too important to overlook, though: With some 26 bones and a complex framework of muscles, tendons and ligaments, your feet absorb the impact of your full body weight with every step, keeping you balanced and upright in the process

The problems that can afflict your feet are numerous. Foot odour, cracked skin, fallen arches, corns, ingrown toenails, fungal infections and even damaged bones can cause discomfort and reduced mobility. You don't need an expensive spa treatment to take care of your feet. Spending just a few minutes a day on foot care and choosing the right support, shoes and socks can keep you free of problems that may lead to pain and even disability.

Autumn is a great season for hiking with the amazing colours and cooler temperatures. So what clothing should you wear on your hike. It goes without saying but we will say it anyway, make sure you check the forecast before and inform others of your plans.

For clothing, synthetic material keeps you dry and won’t trap moisture like cotton. Also, stick with lightweight, moisture wicking fabrics for a comfortable, weatherproof outfit. Have backup clothing for a possible drop in temperatures particularly if you are spending the night outdoors. We are going to focus more on the clothing requirements of a day and are going to start from the ground up.

Footwear

Footwear is an essential element of an enjoyable hike and if your feet are not comfortable or area sweaty you are going to have a miserable time. We have written extensively about how to get your feet hiking fit and how to choose hiking boots.  Make sure you customise your hike with FootBalance custom insoles.

Wool socks - a mid-weight sock, something not too thin again as per our footwear tips it is idea to wear them when you have your hiking boots fitted.

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.  

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