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 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.

The European Week of Sport aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The web page for the week explains that the week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, it will inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more.


Do the summer holidays feel like a distant memory and is you exercise routine starting to fade? We trawled through the net and picked out 5 key exercises you can do in your office at your desk which we felt would be beneficial and with a little creativity you can increase your fitness. 

1. Desk Push Ups

For upper-body strength. Stand a half meter or more away from your desk, with your feet together. Place your palms on the edge of the desk a shoulder's width apart. Lower your chest to the edge of the desk, and push back up. Remember to exhale on the way up.

The English Premier League started last week and many football enthusiasts will be lacing up their boots for the start of the season. We are combining our previous tips and new tips to help you get your feet in premier condition.


Footballers often neglect their flexibility, which can be important in keeping a good posture, maintaining a wide range of motion at all joints and preventing injury. This is particularly important in those that are still growing. Teenagers can suffer from excruciating heel pain because they have extremely tight hamstrings or calves. Once this flexibility is increased with a stretching programme, their posture improves and the problem is resolved.

For tennis enthusiasts Wimbledon (29.06-12.07) and Aegon Championship at the Queen's Club heralds the start of the summer feeling and many people are motivated to pull the tennis racquet out of the cupboard and hit the court.  It is important that before you step foot onto the court you are doing so having had an exercise regime for some time and making sure you warm up well. Tennis is a sport with a significant amount of injuries. A number of reports claim that statistics show a full 30% of all tennis participants will suffer some sort of tennis injury each year.

Common injuries

Despite the high recall of tennis elbow as a common injury,  lower limb (ankle, knee, and thigh) injuries are the most common tennis injuries. Tennis is a sport that requires sudden burst of speed, quick footwork, hard ground strikes and the ability to turn and stretch to in order to return the ball to your opponent.

The efficiency of your running technique is directly proportional to the quality of your posture. We have reviewed the web and talked to some experts to bring you some top tips.

What is good posture? According to many health care disciplines, good posture involves having a reasonably straight spine with not too much straightness and not too much bend. The more you slump, the more your body's muscles need to work to hold you upright. Poor posture not only restricts the circulation of blood to your muscles and organs but also inhibits the oxygen supply to your brain.

We have written before about nutrition tips and top foods particularly for runners but what caught our attention again was watercress trending as a superfood for runners.

Watercress first caught our attention back in 2007 with research by Ulster University published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition stating that watercress can reduce DNA damage to blood cells (which is considered to be an important trigger in the development of cancer) and thus watercress was viewed as an anti-cancer superfood.

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.

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