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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.

Did you know that Friday the 3rd of October was World Smile Day? The initiative was started by Harvey Ball a commercial artist who created the smiley face in 1963 and seeing his symbol being over commercialised went on to create World Smile Day on the first Friday in October every year to spread smiles and kind acts.

While every day should be a smile day we certainly like the initiative as a great reminder to be positive and help out others.

The idea for the day also got us thinking about the positives of exercise.  We have listed some of the positives but let us know if we missed some.

Exercise is free and you can do it anywhere

You do not need special equipment to exercise and you can do it wherever you feel like, at home, in the garden and even in work if you think creatively.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.

Here at FootBalance we feel we should do our bit to highlight the great work a lot of organisations are doing to create awareness and eradicate the disease.

Sports are close to our heart so we will highlight some of the sporting events particularly running events planned for the UK & Ireland.

UK Events

In the UK Breast Cancer Care run a number of fundraising events. . A full calendar of events is available here.

The key event we would like to highlight is

As the beautiful patterns of Autumn colours begin to appear we review the colour trends for sportswear/activewear expected this season.

A number of companies, commentators and bloggers have identified the sportswear activewear trends for Autumn 2014.

After the sun sets on the summer and we measure the affects of our summer living, autumn comes with its kaleidoscope of colours and a reminder that it is a good time to get back into good habits.

Here are 5 tips to help you shift up a gear to a healthy autumn.

1. Use the weather to your advantage

The autumn months are a great time to exercise outdoors and enjoy cooler temperatures. It can be easier to go for that run now that you look out the window and do not see soaring temperatures.

Here at FootBalance, of course we know the benefits of using custom molded and pre-molded footbeds in our adventures. However, there are still people out there who assume the stock insoles in their shoes will work just fine. We hope those people take a look at a new article by Gear Patrol, addressing the reasons custom footbeds far out-perform the regular insoles that you get when you purchase a pair of shoes.  Gear Patrol editor Jason Heaton says:

There are 48 national parks in the United States alone, each with countless unique and exciting opportunities for outdoor recreation. Although the summer months bring masses of tourists from all over the world, most of these parks contain endless miles of hiking trails, allowing you to escape the crowds and find your own paradise.

With the Tour of Spain (La Vuelta) next up on the cycling calendar (23.08 - 14.09) we look at the most important element in cycling - your feet. If you have ever been to bike fitters, you will notice that they often spend a large amount of time on foot and cycling shoe/cleat positioning.  Besides selecting a bicycle that meets your specific needs, proper shoes are the most important piece of cycling equipment and the foot is of course the key element of cycling.

Listen up, teachers! While you're no doubt busy getting your classrooms ready for the start of the new school year, you may also want to invest in FootBalance footbeds to make your school experience better and more comfortable than ever! 

Following on from our summer running and hydration essentials post here are 7 tips to help keep you cool when summer running.

1       Don't over do it

Start your run that bit slower than normal and speed up if you feel that you have the energy and are not too warm. Remember that if the heat increases significantly in a short period of time, you need time to acclimatise to it. As temperatures rise significantly it can lower pace so take the temperature into account in your run times.

2       Choose your run time wisely

Obviously heading out in the middle of the day is not a good idea but early in the morning or late afternoon you can have milder weather making it more comfortable to run.

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