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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.

Just as golf courses are nearing their favorable summertime firmness, the National Golf Month of August is fast approaching. By this time, many golfers have worked through their preseason kinks and are now honing in on the last few details of their game that might be preventing them from playing at their desired handicap. A commonly overlooked, yet crucial, component of correct stance is the alignment of one's feet and ankles. Misalignment here will affect the entire body, having negative impacts on the golfer's entire stance, stability and swing.

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

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

America celebrates its Independence Day this week with a multitude of festivities including parades, dancing, yard games and more. While plenty of Americans are relaxing by sitting down and putting their feet up, we found some patriotic gals kicking their feet up in a tap-dancing jubilee. 

Beach running is such an enjoyable experience, the combination of fresh sea air, the sound of the waves lapping against the shoreline and exercise is great. You will be giving your feet and your body a more intense workout then running on tarmac but you need to ease your way into this type of running, therefore we have gathered some tips to help you:

Following from our  earlier post 3 tips to keep your Football feet in World Cup Shape we have compiled some more tips to keep your unique feet comfortable for the season.

Stretch
Feet can benefit from stretching and strengthening exercises, too, Mayo Clinic experts note

We are lucky to live on a planet with such diverse landscapes. From vast deserts to rainforests, glaciers and mountains, there is a lot of ground to cover if  you're thinking about trekking in some unique places. As you build your hiking bucket list, you'll also want to build a gear list that reflects these diversities.

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