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!

Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), they will become increasingly thirsty (polydipsia) and hungry (polyphagia).

Diabetes affects more than your blood sugar; your limbs may ache, your feet may become hypersensitive and, inevitably, you’ll need more support. Foot problems can become a big risk. All people with diabetes should monitor their feet.

FootBalance custom insoles can be beneficial to diabetes sufferers by:

It is that time of year again.Time to grow a moustache in November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer and other cancers.

Don't go it alone, if you play in a team sign up for Movember and get the whole team involved and challenge your biggest rivals.

The Rules

Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain which comes from the Old Irish for "summer's end" (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. Samhain also marked the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter or the 'darker half' of the year.

Halloween Treats

Halloween food is often viewed as sweet and unhealthy despite the fact that originally it was the end of harvest season. So we have decided to look to the harvest and bring you some Ghoulishly nutritious sporty snacks.

Our feet are the foundations of our bodies, yet we give them little respect. Your feet are probably the last part of your body you think about and we take them for granted until they start hurting. They're too important to overlook, though: With some 26 bones and a complex framework of muscles, tendons and ligaments, your feet absorb the impact of your full body weight with every step, keeping you balanced and upright in the process

The problems that can afflict your feet are numerous. Foot odour, cracked skin, fallen arches, corns, ingrown toenails, fungal infections and even damaged bones can cause discomfort and reduced mobility. You don't need an expensive spa treatment to take care of your feet. Spending just a few minutes a day on foot care and choosing the right support, shoes and socks can keep you free of problems that may lead to pain and even disability.

Did you know that Friday the 3rd of October was World Smile Day? The initiative was started by Harvey Ball a commercial artist who created the smiley face in 1963 and seeing his symbol being over commercialised went on to create World Smile Day on the first Friday in October every year to spread smiles and kind acts.

While every day should be a smile day we certainly like the initiative as a great reminder to be positive and help out others.

The idea for the day also got us thinking about the positives of exercise.  We have listed some of the positives but let us know if we missed some.

Exercise is free and you can do it anywhere

You do not need special equipment to exercise and you can do it wherever you feel like, at home, in the garden and even in work if you think creatively.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.

Here at FootBalance we feel we should do our bit to highlight the great work a lot of organisations are doing to create awareness and eradicate the disease.

Sports are close to our heart so we will highlight some of the sporting events particularly running events planned for the UK & Ireland.

UK Events

In the UK Breast Cancer Care run a number of fundraising events. . A full calendar of events is available here.

The key event we would like to highlight is

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