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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.  

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.

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