April 12, 2015
Time to "Spring" For New Footwear?
Time to "Spring" For New Footwear?

As the flowers come out, so do people.  We all love to shake off that "long winter's nap", soak up the sun and stretch our legs.  Almost all of our active outdoor pursuits -  from walking to running and hiking to cycling - demand the right footwear in good condition in order to avoid injury and get the most out of our recreational pleasures.  

So how do you know when it’s time to treat yourself to new shoes?

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March 6, 2015
First Aid 101
First Aid 101

As the weather warms (in some parts of the country, anyway!), more people are venturing out-of-doors to enjoy some recreation. An athletic injury, such a sprain or broken bone, is the most common injury sustained during activities such as hiking and running. 

What can you do to help if you come upon such an injury, or you yourself experience one?

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February 20, 2015
Interview With a Founder
Interview With a Founder

How did Blanketbooster grow from an idea into the brand it is today? Good question! Watch this clip to find out:

 

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February 7, 2015
Time for a "Heartfelt" Celebration
Time for a "Heartfelt" Celebration

The month of February is home to Valentine’s Day, the holiday where millions of Americans celebrate their love for family, friends, and especially significant others. Red hearts are ubiquitous to mark the occasion. It’s a beautiful thing. This month is also home to a celebration of another kind: your own heart. February is National Heart Month. And what better way to honor your heart by learning more about it. 

Here are ten facts about the heart you might not know...

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Sleeping Better by "Sweeping" Better
Sleeping Better by "Sweeping" Better

As 2015 descends upon us, are you still looking for a New Years resolution? How about something as simple as organizing your home and getting rid of that clutter? Research shows that a disorganized, untidy, clutter-filled home is not only a symptom of stress but also a source of stress; when surrounded by disarray we secrete the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol, when consistently present in the body, can over time increase blood pressure, lower immunity, impair ability to think and even cause bone density loss.  Yikes!

Don’t know where to start? Begin with...

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December 8, 2014
Baby, It's Cold Outside!
Baby, It's Cold Outside!

There is nothing worse than preparing for a fun day of winter recreation, be it skiing, hiking, or sledding, and less than an hour into it you are cold and wet. Even in the warmest jacket, you can end up miserable if you do not dress appropriately. The thing to do is layer your clothing. Each layer has a function. The base layer (against your skin) manages moisture; the insulating layer protects you from the cold; the shell layer (outer layer) shields you from wind and rain. You simply add or subtract layers as needed.

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November 6, 2014
Midnight Runners
Midnight Runners

OK, so maybe it won’t quite be midnight when you embark on your regular exercise routine. But, given the recent time change (if you live in the US), it can certainly feel like midnight because the days just got a whole lot shorter.

While it’s ideal to go for that jog or bike ride during the day, busy schedules can often prevent that from happening. So oftentimes we find ourselves running (or walking or biking) after dark. With the lengthened darkness upon us, follow these tips to exercise safely:

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October 10, 2014
Fleet Feet: How Your Body Keeps You In Balance
Fleet Feet: How Your Body Keeps You In Balance

Ever wonder how your feet and legs communicate with the rest of your body in order to balance itself? Read on for a basic lesson in anatomy. Don’t worry; we won’t get too technical!

The nervous system transmits signals throughout the body, as well as coordinates actions in response to those signals. The nervous system is divided into two parts: central and peripheral. The central nervous system (CNS) includes the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system (PNS) includes everything else. The main function of the PNS is to...

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September 6, 2014
Worldwide Shoe Traditions
Worldwide Shoe Traditions

Shoes are important things, and not just for practical reasons. There are many traditions around the world involving them. From perhaps the best-known tradition of tying shoes to newlyweds’ cars to the lesser-known red shoe toss, read on for some fun facts about traditions around the world – and the role that footwear plays in those places.

 

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August 9, 2014
Snap, Crackle and....Pop?
Snap, Crackle and....Pop?

Last month we discussed the importance of proper-fitting footwear when hiking. Now let’s talk about how to prevent blisters and hot spots from forming and should they occur, what to do about them.

What exactly is a blister? A blister is a small pocket of fluid within the upper two layers of the skin. Often that fluid is water, but sometimes it’s blood. Friction, pressure, poor fit, and wet socks can all cause blisters, or hot spots, which are precursors to blisters. To stay comfortable and protect your feet, follow these tips:

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