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It is time to celebrate love, happiness and health. With the month of February underway, make sure you are taking time to love yourself and love your feet. One way to make sure you are loving yourself is setting yourself up for success through positive thinking and positive self talk.

Concussion and head injuries rightly get the majority of attention when it comes to rugby but foot and leg injuries form a significant percentage of injuries reported in Rugby.

Rugby union is one of the most popular team collision sports in the world. More than three million people in more than 100 countries across five continents play the sport annually.

In a questionnaire study involving over 17,000 adults between 1987 and 1990, rugby had the highest injury rate of all sports in the UK with 95.7 exercise related morbidity episodes (injury/symptom) reported per 1000 occasions of participation.

Functional fitness has gathered pace and is trending as a key exercise for 2015. We wrote previously about functional fitness all the way back in 2013.

So what is functional fitness?

Instead of working one specific muscle group at a time, functional fitness tests several muscles during a single movement. Push-ups, planks, squats, and lunges are part of the functional exercise regime.

The sounds of everyday life affect us to a greater extent than we think. Fast food chains use fast tempo music get us to eat quicker, store music encourages to shop more and loud noise often affect our concentration.

So what about music for running or exercise? Which side of the debate are you on?

Are you ready for 2015? The beginning of the new year is a great time to sit back and reflect on the changes you want to make to your lifestyle. What are your bucket list items for 2015? Ever considered entering a 5K, 10K, or half marathon? It is never too late to start. Halfmarathons.net has made it easier than ever to find a race by compiling a list of races across the United States by month. What better way to make sure you set goals and stick to them then signing up for a race to train for. Visit halfmarathons.net to find a race in your area.

Last week we reviewed and developed an infographic Top 3 Fitness Trends for 2015 but this week we review the top 3 Fitness fads for 2015.

The top 3 Losers are:

We have been reviewing the The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual survey of fitness trends for the past years and this year we have developed an infographic of the top 3 fitness trends which are:

We have written previously about getting to grips with winter conditions. If you have been tempted to cancel or put off your run because you have a number of great excuses about winter weather and the cold, then read on an hopefully we can get you back on track and into the groove.

Run Motivated

We covered the importance of motivation for winter running previously, you can read those points here. Some quick tips from the post are:

  • Ask others to join you. When you have someone waiting to run with you there is less chance you will whimp out.
  • Set SMART goals
  • Add mindful meditation to your mental armour

Your feet are as Unique As You and will react to the stress and strain of a long hike differently than the next hiker. Understanding your foot type and educating yourself about footwear options as well as foot-care will help you hike longer and enjoy the experience more. The success and enjoyment of the hike rests on your feet and following these tips will increase the likelihood of your feet successuly taking you where you want to go in comfort.

Discover your foot type

Runners often complain about getting cramps in their calves. We provide three tips on how to avoid them!

1. Drink a large glass of water with each meal, and an extra glass after your meal. Dehydration can cause cramping. Therefore, it is important to have plenty of fluid on board!

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is where we detail our latest product developments, tips and all round advice in relation to being active with FootBalance products