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Staying Hydrated in the Summer Heat

Hydration is often times overlooked. Too many people fall victim to the mistakes of poor water intake and lack of preparation. In order to make sure that you don’t fall victim to the same fate as 75% of Americans it is important to follow these steps. First, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Second, eat foods that are rich in water content and can therefore help you stay hydrated. Lastly, avoid direct sunlight and try to stay in the shade if at all possible.
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How to Care For Compression Socks

Socks are an ever-elusive part of our daily wear, often entering a dryer to never come out, or taking residence under a bed for years. In fact, research says you will likely lose more than 1,200 socks in the laundry during your life. But, it doesn’t have to be this way, especially when you are investing in medical-grade compression socks, like OS1st® Socks with Purpose ®.
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5 Stretches for Plantar Fasciitis Relief

These stretches are simple, easy to do, and require little to no equipment. You can do these stretches anywhere and especially in the comfort of your own home. To make things a little easier for you here is a list of all the required or suggested materials needed in order to perform these stretching exercises effectively. 
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Running with Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes .  Roughly 83 percent of active adults will experience some form of Plantar Fasciitis in their lifetime. Although this statistic may seem alarming or scary, there are ways to remain active and healthy even if you are battling with Plantar Fasciitis.
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How Sergio Florian set a record and built community during the pandemic

Team OS1st member and physical therapist, Sergio Florianset the record for running the perimeter of his home island of Oahu, Hawaii. He ran the island in 27 hours and 15 minutes beating the previous record of 32 hours, 55 minutes, and 33 seconds. His motivation? Challenge himself and inspire his patients.
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OS1st virtual running challenge

OS1st March Virtual Running Challenge

Runners should complete at least one 5, 10, or 15K run on their own, and track their activity on the Strava app as a member of the OS1st Club. The app can be downloaded on most smart phones to track runs outside or indoors by using the GPS on your mobile phone or wearable GPS technology. 

All you have to do is join the OS1st Strava club, and then log your activity on the app from March 14-20, you will be entered to win one of ten prize packs!  

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OS1st January Virtual Running Challenge

The OS1st Virtual Running Challenge is back for round three, with 10 days of virtually uniting runners who are safely training/racing, on their own, outdoors or at home, through a virtual running challenge.
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the ElliptiGo

How to qualify for the ElliptiGo World Championship

What exactly is an ElliptiGo bike? The “Go” combines a running, cycling, and elliptical motion while standing (read: you don’t ever get to sit down while pedaling this thing). This low-impact, full body workout builds excellent fitness and can burn more calories than a tradition cycle, outside or inside. 
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Overcoming running injury and downtime

Training goes well until, well, it doesn’t.  I’m sure for many folks, that’s been the case a time or two.  For me, that seems to have been the story line of the last chapter as we’ve begun the “re-entry” phase since the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Ryan Carlyle

What does it mean to be an athlete?

The deep ties in society between an athletes performance, "winning," and a person's assigned value can sometimes create an identity crisis within an athlete. "Are you a winning athlete or a losing athlete?" you may be asked. And, how does that reflect on your self-worth? What do you do when the winning is over, you've run your last race, or you've played your last game? 
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Dave Higgins, Josh Higgins, and DK Higgins

About our founder

OS1st, originally founded in 2008 by Dave Higgins, grew into a “Three-Generation” company with David's son as President, David's grandson as Materials Manager, and Dave’s wife and other two son’s are owners and directors.
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How to crush your next virtual race

As large gatherings are canceled including big races like the Boston Marathon, more runners are turning to virtual events in order to stay motivated and connected. Here’s a quick list to help you through your next virtual event.
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