We wrote before about how controversial a subject stretching can be with a debate about the benefits or harmful affects discussed at length by various experts over the years. Mayo Clinic notes "Although studies about the benefits of stretching are mixed, stretching may help you improve your flexibility, which in turn may improve your athletic performance and decrease your risk of injury. Understand why stretching can help — and how to stretch correctly."
We are so excited to be making our debut appearance at the Snowsports Industries America On-Snow Demo at Copper Mountain Resort February 3-4, 2014. This will be our first time exhibiting at the on-snow product testing event. We'll be offering dealers the experience of custom-molded footbeds for their ski or snowboard boots on-site at Copper Mountain Resort. If you're going to the show, you can find us in the on-snow boot-fitting area. You'll be able to get molded up with custom footbeds for your ski/snowboard boots then easily get fitted with demo boots by the exhibiting boot brands.
We're looking forward to unveiling our new, state-of-the-art custom footbed molding stations at the end of this month at the Snowsports Industries America Snow Show 2014 in Denver, Colo. The new kiosks feature a sleeker, more streamlined design to make the convenient, affordable customization process even more efficient and enjoyable. These new molding stations ensure that you will receive an even greater level of service when being fitted for custom footbeds.
Here come the excuses: It's too dark to exercise outside, it's getting too cold to exercise, the best programs are on TV now and oh yeah in the New Year I will start a fitness regime.
Well there is no better time than now to get your fitness in check and think if you start now you will be in the better shape for the New Year party and able to tackle the calories over the holiday period.
Here are some tips to get in shape and improve your motivation.
Don't Blame the Weather
Autumn with its kaleidoscope of colours can be a really refreshing time to take a long walk and exercise. In Winter the cooler temperatures make it idea to get in some heavier exercising and with the right clothes on you will be warm in a matter of minutes. Hiking is an idea exercise for the week-end so review our translation of our Swedish team's tips for hiking and hiking boots here.
Nordic Walking is also a great exercise for the Autumn & Winter months and can help you get fitter quicker. Read our Nordic Walking post to learn the benefits of Nordic Walking.
Doing some gardening work such as raking the leaves can be another way of gaining some valuable exercise time plus making your area clean and tidy.
It is the time of year when many people take the opportunity to have a ski holiday. Here at FootBalance we compiled some tips and advice on preparing forthe holiday and avoiding injury.
Remember that you could be spending 4 to 6 hours on day on the slopes even when you exclude breaks and lunch. Skiing hard, works you at an intensity that can only be sustained for a couple of minutes before the legs start to burn with the build up of lactic acid.
If you really want to ski longer, harder and safer, you will need to prepare for the holiday at least 4-6 weeks beforehand. Concentrate your training efforts on building up stamina and endurance, balance and co-ordination, flexibility and specifically your leg muscles.
Don’t be tempted to skip professional instruction, injuries occur more often with beginners and bad habits learnt early on are difficult to resolve later. If you have been skiing a few times but are not fully competent try to go for a few lessons before you hit the big slopes. Artificial ski slopes offer a good learning tool. For our Irish customer Ski Club of Ireland offers just such an opportunity skiclub.ie
Winter is right around the corner and with winter comes ski season. ... Yes, it’s again time to think about the gear you’ll need to keep you warm and comfortable when you're waist deep in powder.
Well-fitting boots are crucial to a comfortable run on the slopes. More than just that, well-fitting boots help provide balance, endurance and overall control. Proper fit provides a “stable platform” that allows you to efficiently edge every turn.
Last week we provided some tips on winter running motivation. Once you're motivated to head out for a run in the winter conditions here are some tips for getting to grips with cooler running conditions
Of course we are going to start with footwear since you need to be able to stay on your feet and grip the running surface without fear of falling. FootBalance insoles are 100% custom moulded to your unique feet to give you stability and comfort in your running shoes keeping your feet in place and aligned, helping prevent your feet slipping within your shoes.
You need to choose your footwear to suit the conditions. If it is snowy and slippery you will need to choose running shoes with more grip. Trail running shoes can be one option whereas if you encounter ice then you might want to look at footwear like Icebug from Sweden, which has really effective studded and non-studded footwear that is certain to keep your feet firmly on terra firma.
According to an article from Harvard Medical School, walking is perhaps the best overall foot exercise. According to the article: “When you walk, you put your foot through it’s full range of motion, from the time your heel hits the ground until you lift off with your toes.”
Not only does the holiday season often lead to overindulgence that affects your waistline, but your feet may also be at risk, especially if you’re dressing up to attend holiday parties, dancing or even traipsing through the ice or snow on a daily basis for that matter.
So, for all those reasons, we’ve put together a list of our top three tips for maintain healthy feet this holiday season:
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