Hydration Blog

​from running to cycling & back

by mike sommers, field marketing lead

as a lifelong runner, cycling had always been intriguing to me. the two sports seem to have a lot in common on paper and so it has always been on my list of activities to give a shot. it wasn’t until I had a major lapse in running motivation this past summer and sold my car that I decided to make a concerted effort to improve my skills on two wheels.

luckily for me, I already had a road bike thanks to some gentle prodding from some of my co-workers a few years back. ...

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why workouts don’t always equal weight loss

weight along isn't the best measure of fitness, but there are reasons you may want to drop a few pounds. you may find that despite increasing your activity level, the pounds are sticking around. or even more frustratingly, the pounds seem to be multiplying. there are a few reasons this can happen. avoid these mistakes to start shedding a few pounds.

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nutrition and training

no, this isn't a blog from Vishal with tips of proper nutrition. (though we do have more coming!) This is about my very real struggle with nutrition while training for a half marathon.

Last year was the first time I'd ever run 8 miles...then 10 miles...then 12. I've previously mentioned that I didn't like running until recently, so I never pushed the distance that far. When I started running farther, I realized something felt off. Every time I tried to run last fall, my legs felt heavy and my calves felt tight. It didn't matter how easy previous runs had been, how much I stretched before hand, or how much I foam-rolled afterwards.

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Nuuntini Testing: Whiskey Ginger Lemonade

The whiskey ginger is a classic – I love the spicy nip from the ginger, and the warming roundness of the rye. It’s a cold cocktail, but can still be enjoyed in winter weather.

Our version with Nuun Vitamins also significantly reduces the sugar content, as we get to eschew ginger beer or ginger ale for sparkling water and a Nuun tablet. So you get to sip away, guilt-free!

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Winter Hydration Matters

We are now fully exposed to the winter season, and with that means changes in environmental conditions that require the body to be on top of its natural defense system. What is troubling for scientist and nutritionist alike, is that athletes convince themselves that they do not need to consume as much as fluid (during exercise) as they would when temps are a bit warmer. That couldn’t be less true. In fact, winter hydration is just as important as hydration in any other season.

Here’s why...

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the juice: citrus ginger

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us, we’re settling into those New Year vibes, rooted in the lessons learned in 2016 and giddy to see to what 2017 has in store. It’s in the quiet calm of January that we’re able to find comfort in the old but connect with the new, to start small but dream big, to refuel, refresh + re-energize, ready to make the next year nothing short of epic.

Oh, epic you say? Like it’s easy? Well it kinda is .. First, let’s put some pen to paper and try to find that thing that screens + Snapchat filters annihilated .. IMAGINATION! Dream big kids .. imagine what you want this year to hold - whether it be a new PR, your first ultra, your first puppy, or even a brand new boyfriend thats going to be all like “hey, did you lose weight? let me make you breakfast, you look ravishing today.” Whatever it is, write it down; a handwritten vision is like asking the Universe for express delivery.

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my first half marathon

Growing up, I was someone who hated running. I would run to stay in shape for soccer, but I didn't enjoy a single minute of it. If I wasn't chasing a ball, what was the point? That's probably why just last winter, you could hear me saying I'd never run a half. But somewhere along the way, in between following all your adventures on instagram and my best friend swearing it'd be fun, I decided I'd sign up for a half marathon. I figured if I'm actually going to do this, I might as well pick a fun course. So this past Sunday, I ran my first ever half as part of RunDisney's Rebel Challenge. It took literal blood, sweat, and tears, but I crossed that finish line prouder than I've ever been. Added bonus: I learned a lot along the way.

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​Chef Vishal: Chow Mein

This is a very easy meal to make on a busy night. Chow mien noodles (which you can find in specialty grocery stores) cook in less than 5 minutes. And the sauce can be whipped up with house-hold pantry items. Then, just throw in the kitchen sink in terms of veggies!

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challenge: move 17 minutes!

2017 is going to be the year we break up with our snooze button! no more saying "just five more minutes," and no more rushing to fit in some miles because we slept in. it takes practice to become a habit, so as added motivation this week, we're going to move at least 17 minutes every morning. why'd we pick an odd number like 17? because it's 2017. (and we may have already eaten 17 tabs this year. leg cramps are no joke!)

and we're challenging you to do it with us!

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introducing nuun vitamins!

Over the past two years we’ve been working very hard on creating a product that would aid in hydration, as well as health and wellness for those times we’re not exercising. Why? Because how you recover and strengthen your immune system will help determine the effectiveness of subsequent workouts. And we know hydration, as well as some key vitamins, will aid in boosting your immune system and ensuring your muscles and bones stay healthy.

So what is nuun vitamins?

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what is nuun?

You're always active, and your water should be too. Leading the way in portable hydration, Nuun has optimal electrolyte levels to make the most of your water.

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