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Take Comfort in the Discomfort

Take a minute and think back to the last time you tried something for the FIRST time. For many of us, it’s been a while! Do you remember the feelings of being unfamiliar with your environment? Your peers? Your gear? Over time, the gained comfort in our respective sports can lead to blinders of these uncomfortable feelings that we have since overcome.

During the month of January, the Nuun crew embarked upon a fitness challenge that put each of us back in equal court: ​The Nuubie Challenge. We challenged each other to return to this place of discomfort and try something completely new. Some have discovered a new-found passion for new sport, and others discovered places that they would never return! All of these experiences were equally valuable and a reminder that we all start somewhere. The challenge was equal parts physical and mental and throughout the month, there were many lessons learned about how to find comfort in the discomfort.

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5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Recovery

You’ve heard it before and you’re about to hear it again:

Make time for rest days! Allow your body to recover! Come back stronger on the other side!

All joking aside, there are many elements of rest and recovery that make a massive difference in your overall performance. Throughout training, your body undergoes a significant amount of stress, breaking down your tissue. Rest days allows for proper recovery which in turn helps to prevent long term injury.

The good news is that this stress and tissue damage is minimal, and can be rebuilt and recovered through solid rest day plans. This stress and rebuild cycle is what ultimately creates long term strength and stamina!

Consider these 5 rest-day pro tips for your upcoming recovery days. Make the most of your recovery and be sure to share your rest success with the world. #restdaybrags

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​5 Amazing Yoga Poses for Runners

You keep hearing that yoga is good for runners, but just don’t know where to start. Well lucky for you, the experts at YogaClub do! In today’s blog, we’ll explore 5 poses that are amazing for runners. So you can go ahead and drop those excuses now because this routine is quick and simple, but will deliver results for your tight and sore runner’s body!

Before we jump into the poses themselves let’s chat about where your practice takes place. It’s a common misconception that yoga must be practiced in a studio. Nope! Yoga can be practiced pretty much anywhere. Find a quiet space where you can breathe and feel relaxed. If you have a mat, great! If not, don’t worry, you can reap the benefits of yoga without one. All this is to say that yoga, like running, is a practice that has a low barrier to entry. How do you become a runner? Start running. Same deal with yoga.

So if you’re ready to become a yogi, we’ll jump right into it. Here are five amazing poses for runners.

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Optimizing Your Off-Season

While some may scoff at the idea of an off-season, these time periods can be critical to your upcoming season’s performance. Nuun has teamed up with Kinetic Sports Rehab in Seattle, WA for the top pointers to get the most out of your off-season before the training ramps back up.

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​Hydrating for Group Fitness Classes

Spoiler alert: Drinking a bottle of plain water before your fitness class is not going to set you up for hydration success.

Very rarely do you walk into a group fitness class where the instructor discloses to the class, “Okay guys…today I’m going to take it easy on you all.” Most classes ranging from 45-90 minutes in length have been designed to work your body to its maximum capacity over the allotted amount of time. This is exactly why nailing your hydration plan will bring out your personal best in the time you’ve set aside for your workout.

We've put together the ideal hydration plan for your group fitness days. Follow these hydration guidelines from first thing in the morning through bedtime to ensure you’re getting the most out of your water and yourself!

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​Why drink electrolytes if you can eat them?

As an electrolyte-based sports drink company, we often get the question, “Can’t I get my electrolytes through food rather than an electrolyte drink?”.

The short answer is: YES! Of course you can consume electrolytes through your regular diet.

BUT…

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The Role of Electrolytes

We all understand that a balanced health regimen includes a solid hydration plan. The benefits of hydration range from glowing skin to essential organ functionality, but did you know that water alone does not provide absolute optimal hydration? While H2O consumption is vital to the inner workings of the human body, drinking tons of water every day is actually not the best way to ensure that the H2O is being absorbed and utilized in the best ways possible.

Enter: Electrolytes. (Welcome to the party electrolytes!) **Happy Dance**

Electrolytes provide a number of biological benefits, and water absorption is at the top of the list! When combined with water, electrolytes go to work making sure that the fluid leaving our water bottle actually gets absorbed into our system (rather than flushing right through us), ensuring all of the hydration benefits we know and love about water!

Now that we’ve officially got this hydration party started, there are SO many reasons to celebrate electrolytes for our everyday health.

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Sticking With It

Running and Cycling resolutions can take a number of different forms as we welcome the new year. This is an exciting time to evaluate your progress from last year, and make personal builds as we move into 2018. One of the most valuable things you can do for your resolution, is to create a plan or support system to keep your goals in place! Here are some of our favorite ways to keep the resolution stoke high.

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Nuun Elites Share Their 2018 Goals

We believe in the continuous search for improvement. And when we need a little motivation, we turn to our Nuun Elite athletes! If you're looking for extra inspiration, check out the goals they're chasing in 2018. Some are familiar faces, some are new to the Nuuniverse, but all are sure to inspire!

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​The Nuubie Challenge

When is the last time you tried something brand new?

At Nuun HQ, we are kicking off 2018 with a different type of resolution. We call it: The Nuubie Challenge. We’re challenging ourselves and others to get out of our comfort zones and try a NEW activity each week of January.

Zumba, Rowing, Mountain Biking. These are just a few activities on our Nuubie lists here at HQ…but the list goes on.

This January, we’re inviting YOU to step up to the challenge as well!

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