It’s Fall, Y’all

 

Ready or not, here Fall comes. September 22 is THIS weekend. Maybe you’re thrilled about it. Maybe you’re dreading it. Regardless of your feelings, it’s here. We for one are looking for all the positives that come with the start of a new season, particularly this pre-winter one, which sends kids back to school and schedules back to normal. It’s like an early New Years, kicking off a “new year” while giving each of us the opportunity to make it better than the last. That’s why at New Balance, we’re #teamthrilled.

Like with New Years, Fall is a chance to kickstart your yearly goals. Because we’re all about fitness, we want to focus on those goals in particular. To help get you started, check out these awesome Fall exercises that pair well with Fall activities you’d probably be doing anyway. And if you’re looking for less domestic-related workouts, Bustle.com put together a nice list of “Outdoor Exercises That Are Perfect For Fall.” Here are a few of our favorite things from their list:

  • Kayaking! Kayaking offers stress-reducing, cardiovascular-improving benefits without requiring intense effort. Go at your own speed and have fun with this one!
  • Backyard Football. Flag or regular, football is the most Fall-ish sport out there. Round up the kids, the neighbors, or some friends and actually play the sport that you’ve been watching on TV every Sunday for the past few weeks. Maybe you’ve learned a thing a two!
  • Biking. What is one of those exercises that don’t feel like exercising? Biking. (Unless you’re trail biking, of course.) Hopping on the bicycle and riding around the neighborhood not only takes you back to the good ol’ days, but also works out your entire body while taking it easy on your joints. It’s a win-win.

How Can We Help?

If we’ve convinced you that Fall is a great time to start a new workout routine, then you’re going to want some new gear. With more than 75 models to choose from, New Balance shoes are scientifically designed to provide the stability and comfort your feet deserve, no matter the Fall activity you embark upon. Join us in saying no to #teamdread and yes to #teamthrilled by visiting one of our three San Antonio New Balance locations at The Strand, The Forum, or Quarry Village.

Oh, and P.S. – remember this is a great time of year to change your smoke detector batteries and your air filters.

Happy 46th Anniversary, M*A*S*H!

 

There has hardly been a show as well-versed in the horror and humor of war as M*A*S*H. A comedic sitcom based on a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit in the Korean War, the 11-season series was the first of its kind to depict realities of war while keeping with the “work hard, play harder” mentality to which so many soldiers can identify. To this day, the show’s final episode holds the record for the highest ratings for a TV series finale ever. I’d say it had (has) a pretty big fanbase.

Why M*A*S*H Matters.

As a longtime supporter of the U.S. Armed Forces — and the official shoe for those entering basic training — New Balance is especially keen on giving credit where credit is due when it comes to the military. Since today marks M*A*S*H’s 46th anniversary of its first episode, we felt it necessary to pay tribute to the show that shined a light on the Army and gave a voice to the deployed soldier’s perspective.

Check out this article for a little more on why M*A*S*H “Remains One of the Most Influential Sitcoms of All Time.” Or, if you are already a big fan of the show, check out this new podcast co-starring Private Igor (Jeff Maxwell) about the show called M*A*S*H Matters.

How Can We Help?

Want to know why military men and women are so fond of our shoes? It may have something to do with the more than 75 shoe models we offer, along with help from our in-store fit experts who match your foot with the perfect shoe for you. Come see for yourself at one of our three San Antonio New Balance locations at The Strand, The Forum, or Quarry Village.

Where to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day in San Antonio

 

There may be no place in the United States as influenced by Mexican culture as San Antonio. Every nook and cranny — the streets, the restaurants, the parties (Fiesta season, anyone!?) — of this colorful city is reminiscent of its history as a Mexican territory after Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821. As a tribute to its Mexican heritage, San Antonio gears up each year on Sept. 16 to celebrate Mexican Independence Day — complete with parties and dancing and music and food. We’ll be out celebrating. Will you?

Here’s a highlight of a few events to check out this weekend. Or click here for a more comprehensive list. 

FIESTAS PATRIAS-EL GRITO SAN ANTONIO

  • When: Sept. 15 @ 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • What: In addition to music, this celebratory event will include a re-enactment of Mexico’s call for independence from Spain. Located outside Historic Market Square, there will also be folkloric dancing, craft vendors, and lots and lots of food!

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH “DIEZ Y SEIS PARADE AND CELEBRATION”

  • When: Sept. 15 @ 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • What: The Diez y Seis Parade and Celebration has been a San Antonio staple for more than 30 years. Going through the heart of the historic Westside, this parade will also include food and El Grito recognition.

UNA NOCHE MEXICANA

  • When: Sept. 15 @ 5 p.m.-Midnight , $10
  • What: La Trinidad United Methodist Church is hosting this family-friendly traditional celebration with food, music, and an overall celebration of culture.

Want to learn more about this holiday? Click here for a quick history lesson.

7 Keys to Finding Balance in Your Life

 

Living your best life doesn’t mean you’re ONLY really good at being an athlete, ONLY really good at being a parent, or ONLY really good at being a professional in the workplace. You are more than one thing, and according to the legendary Zig Ziglar, being successful means having a balance of success stories throughout all areas of life.

Success Is As Easy As 1, 2, 7!

By promoting the Wheel of Life, Ziglar dedicated his career to helping others find this balance in the seven areas he says are key to all human success. What are the seven areas on the wheel? Great question. Click on the link above or check them out below:

There’s no doubt that different seasons of life may require a stronger focus on certain areas, but neglecting one or more parts of the wheel long term is the quickest way to watch your happiness falter. Hear how entrepreneur Chris Locurto re-evaluated his life to correct the area he’d been neglecting.

Which part of the wheel do you think you’re falling behind in? Family? Financial? Social? Maybe your workout routine could be stronger?  

Though we at New Balance believe wholeheartedly in developing all areas, our focus is fitness and making sure you find the physical health you need (and deserve!) to complete that piece of the wheel. As Ziglar said, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

How Can We Help?

With more than 75 models to choose from, New Balance shoes are scientifically designed to provide the stability and comfort your feet deserve. A well-fitted shoe is a key component to helping you reach your fitness goals. Visit us at one of our three San Antonio New Balance locations at The Strand, The Forum, or Quarry Village.

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar

Enjoy the Benefits of Yoga at a Community-Wide Yoga Event

Emotional health booster, back pain treater, insomnia buster, and hangover reliever. According to Everyday Health, these are all potential benefits of yoga, and we agree! That’s why we’re encouraging all our health-seeking, San Antonio-loving readers to join inBalance on Sept. 8 for their community-wide yoga event, inBalance Community Yoga.

This free event will take place at The Point Park and Eats from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and is open to anyone — whether it’s your first or 1,000th time practicing yoga. If the aforementioned benefits of yoga training aren’t enough incentive to go, check out what Fitness Magazine says are the top10 Things That Make Yoga Totally Badass.”

Here’s our favorite three:

  • It Makes You Smarter – “Twenty minutes of yoga improves the brain’s ability to quickly and accurately process information…”
  • It Seriously Slashes Stress – “…that may be why just eight weeks of daily yoga significantly improves sleep quality in people with insomnia…”
  • It Fights the Flu – “The benefits come quickly. Your immunity enjoys a boost even before you leave the mat.”

How Can We Help?

Before you head out to The Point, let us help you get yoga-prepped with our line of fitness apparel. You heard us correctly, we have fitness apparel along with our tried-and-true New Balance shoes — because we believe in an all-around active lifestyle. Visit us at one of our three San Antonio New Balance locations at The Strand, The Forum, or Quarry Village.

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San Antonio’s September Fun Run/5K Round-Up

Here at New Balance, we believe that being active is a key part of living a balanced life. Running, in particular, is a great way to not only get your body moving but also have fun (yes, fun!) while you move. We’re not talking about marathons and ultras here. We’re talking about the 5Ks and fun runs that require a little less commitment and offer a whole lot more enjoyment. Each year, San Antonio provides plenty of opportunities for said 5Ks and fun runs. Not sure what a “fun run” is? Check out this preview of September races to see just how much FUN you can have while you run!

Click here for a more comprehensive list of upcoming 5K San Antonio races.

Are You a More Serious Runner?

There are more benefits to focusing on these shorter races than just having a good time. Here’s professional runner Lauren Fleshman on why she thinks “the 5K is freaking awesome.”

How Can We Help?

No matter your intentions to win your age group or just kickstart an active lifestyle it’s important to have the right gear to get you to the finish line. That’s where we come in. Whether you’re running one mile, 3.1 miles, or 26 miles, the most important part of a race is your feet. With more than 75 models to choose from, New Balance shoes are scientifically designed to provide the stability and comfort your feet deserve. Visit us at one of our three San Antonio New Balance locations at The Strand, The Forum, or Quarry Village.

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End of Summer Fitness Ideas

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It’s Been Hot

Let’s be real here. This summer has been HOT. Like, cook-your-breakfast-on-the-sidewalk hot. And when it’s that hot, the last thing you want to do is go outside to run or exercise. Thankfully, temperatures will soon start to cool. So you’ll be able to escape the indoors, dust off your running shoes, and get your fitness routine rolling once again.

Make The Most Of It

Ordinarily, by the time the end of summer rolls around, we’ve relaxed our summer bodies a bit too much. The lounge chair was too comfortable and the drinks were too refreshing. That’s why ThankFit believes the end of the summer is a great time to start a new fitness routine. By the time the holiday season rolls around, you’ll be in the groove with a good routine and won’t feel so guilty about sneaking an extra helping at the dinner table.

Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas from iHeart and Wellbridge, including:

  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Yoga
  • Walking
  • Gardening for a Fall harvest

How Can We Help?

Now that you’re ready to end summer the right way, we want to help. With more than 75 models to choose from, New Balance shoes are scientifically designed to provide the stability and comfort you deserve.  With a little help from our in-store fit experts, your feet will be matched with the New Balance shoe that’s just right for you. Visit one of our three San Antonio New Balance locations at The Strand, The Forum, or Quarry Village today.

Active Culture – Japanese Tea Garden Walk Event

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Mix It Up

Whether you are new to running or you’re an experienced veteran, sometimes we get bored with our typical running paths and neighborhoods. One of the best parts of a good run is being able to get out and enjoy the location. So on September 1st, why not broaden your running (or walking) horizons and visit the Japanese Tea Garden for their run/walk event?

The event costs $3 per person and starts at 7 am. Runners and walkers can choose to complete a 5k or a 10k at their own pace and take time along the way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and learn about the history of the gardens. According to the San Antonio Parks and Recreations site:

The restored garden features a lush year-round garden and a floral display with shaded walkways, stone bridges, a 60-foot waterfall and ponds filled with Koi.

They are also offering lunch starting at 10 am. You can find contact information by clicking here.

Being A Part Of The Community

One of the reasons we love being a part of the San Antonio community is the diversity and beauty that comes along with living here. At New Balance San Antonio we want to help you connect your active lifestyle with your community by putting fun into your fitness and helping you find comfort. With more than 75 models to choose from, New Balance shoes are scientifically designed to provide the stability and comfort your feet deserve.  With a little help from our in-store fit experts, your feet will be matched with the New Balance shoe that gives you first-class comfort and stability. Visit us at one of our three San Antonio New Balance locations at The Strand, The Forum, or Quarry Village, today.

Finding Support With New Shoes

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Out With The Old…

As much as we all wish it were possible, our favorite shoes don’t last forever. According to Verywell Fit, the average athletic shoe is meant to only last 350 to 500 miles. So your sore back or aching knees may not be the result of too much activity or the weather … it might be a sign you need better support with a new pair of shoes.

Making Them Last

All shoes … even your brand new pair of New Balance shoes … will eventually wear out. But there are some steps (pun intended) you can take to extend their life. Follow these tips from Verywell Fit and Shape so that you don’t have to trade in your trusty tennies too soon.

Suggestions include:

  • Save your walking/running shoes for only walking or running
  • Replace the insoles on a regular basis
  • Let your shoes air dry after washing
  • Untie laces when removing your shoes to prevent unnecessary stretching and bending

How Can We Help?

When that fateful day does come, and your ready to trade up when it comes to your feet, we want to be there to help. With more than 75 models to choose from, New Balance shoes are scientifically designed to provide the stability and comfort your feet deserve. Our in-store fit experts have been trained in the most extensive training program in the industry. We measure width, foot shape, arch length, and biomechanics to make sure your feet are matched with the New Balance shoe that gives you first-class comfort and stability. Visit one of our three San Antonio New Balance locations at The Strand, The Forum, or Quarry Village, today.

 

 

Earth Day 5k and 10k Prep

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New runners and veterans alike can make mistakes when it comes to training and preparing for a race. Whether you’re unsure how much sleep you should be getting or how hard you should train in the days leading up to it, there is a lot of information out there to help you make the best decisions to perform your best on race day.

Helpful Tips

Here are some of the best preparation tips we found to help you get ready to run:

  1. According to Shape.com you should focus on your sleep two nights before the run. You will typically be restless the night beforehand due to nerves so get plenty of rest before those jitters hit.
  2. Another article by VeryWellFit.com suggests that you take it easy on your training in the week leading up to the race. Don’t overdo it or you will end up sore on the day of the race.
  3. During the actual race you should pace yourself appropriately. Active.com advises that after the first mile if you can carry on a conversation, you weren’t running hard enough. However, if you are gasping for breath, you may have pushed a bit too hard.

Feel ready to run, yet?

This month, San Antonio is participating in the Virtual Earth Day 5k and 10k. The event’s page on Eventbrite gives a short explanation:

Okay People! Did you know that Earth Day was April 22nd? We are celebrating with an Earth Day 5K & 10K and participants will get a beautiful earth medal that is made of stained glass! Hurry before these medals sell out! You have until August 31st to complete your race!

Since the race is virtual, all you have to do is sign-up (there is a $10 fee), complete the race on your own and submit your time to get a medal. Just make sure to be finished by August 31st.

How Can We Help?

With more than 75 models to choose from, New Balance shoes are scientifically designed to provide the stability and comfort your feet deserve.  With a little help from our in-store fit experts, your feet will be matched with the New Balance shoe that gives you first-class comfort and stability. Visit us at one of our three San Antonio New Balance locations at The Strand, The Forum, or Quarry Village, today.