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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.

Running in winter can be tough. It is tougher when the conditions are poor and with the dark and cold you would be forgiven for wanting to stay indoors. We have put together a couple of quick tips for keeping up the motivation for winter running

1. Set some SMART goals and put reminders of them in strategic places

S. M. A. R. T. is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timetabled in the case of running.

Is it Specific? for example Run twice a week

1 in 3 Americans born after the year 2000 are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes.

World Diabetes Day falls every year on the 14th of November and is a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes, and what it’s really like to live with the condition. It’s a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with activity taking place around the world.

Here in FootBalance we want to highlight some key campaign events across the USA

World Diabetes Day falls every year on the 14th of November and is a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes, and what it’s really like to live with the condition. It’s a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with activity taking place around the world.

Here in FootBalance we want to highlight some key campaign events across the UK & Ireland

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.

Here at FootBalance we are always on the look out for the latest colour trends and designs in sportwear/activewear. We reported on the autumn/winter colours last year and the colour trends for this year are moving toward light colour tones with blue and grey making a strong presence along with some warmer colours of purple following on from 2014 and a touch of bright red.

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