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Running on Veggies Recovery Smoothie

Guest blog by ​Running on Veggies

​Recovery starts from the second you walk in the door after your run or workout. Smoothies are a great way to boost your recovery because they get nutrients into your body quickly and even on-the-go. Often we find ourselves running directly from a workout to work, meetings, and carpools. And this means recovery becomes an afterthought, if at all. I am all about making things easy and simple so that this doesn't have to happen. No need to over complicate nutrition. It can be as simple as this smoothie!

It's no secret - I'm a big Nuun fan! I spend a lot of time at high altitudes and getting in extra hydration is a constant effort. I find that if I'm not hydrated enough my muscles cramp and I feel lethargic and tired. Adding Nuun to water or a smoothie like I did here is a great way to get extra hydration in. And lest you think that with winter on the horizon you won't need extra hydration, trust me - you are losing more water than you think, even if you are hardly sweating. Nuun recently came out with a new product with vitamins. If you are anything like me and are always forgetting to take your supplements, this is a great way to get all the essentials in. The new vitamin tablets include vitamin E, C, A, calcium, magnesium and much more.

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​Osmolality: What is it, and why does it matter?

​Osmolality is the measurement of how concentrated a solution is, for example: your sports drink! Every liquid has a certain osmolality measurement, even our blood.

So, what’s floating around in our liquids that give some higher or lower osmolarity than others? The answer is: solute particles...which are way less scary than they sound. Examples could be: sodium, carbohydrates, potassium or chloride. In fact, these are the exact solute particles that make up the osmolality of Nuun products!

Why does all of this matter?

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Nuuntini Testing: ​Blackberry Ginger Nuun Toddy

October is one of our favorite seasons here at Nuun. Aside from the crisp air and vibrant foliage that make for ideal outdoor workouts, ‘tis the season for steamy cocktails to be enjoyed fireside!

Hot toddies top our list of warm cocktails served in oversized mugs. The Blackberry Ginger Nuun Toddy is the best way to enjoy this classic cocktail with a fruity hydration twist!

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Eat This, Not That

With Fall officially kicking off this past week, we felt like it would be a good idea to post some tips on nutrition and hydration during a marathon. I give this advice to every athlete I work with: practice your fuel strategy. There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to marathon nutrition. You have to find what works for you, as well as give your body time to adapt, and training runs are the best time to do that. The tips below are a good place to start, but won’t do you any good unless you incorporate them during training.

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Hyper Hydration

Pre-loading electrolytes (or hyper hydration) has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. Recent studies have shown that hyper hydrating can increase your performance during endurance exercise by increasing the availability of fluids and electrolytes, and it's a practice I've personally seen training benefits from.

Have you ever bonked during a long run and reached for a gel or a chew? There are actually two possible reasons. In most cases, your body needs carbs for fuel. But in some cases, your body is having difficulty circulating water and electrolytes. By pre-loading electrolytes, you help ensure your body has what it needs to deliver fluid to your muscles during exercise. Drastically increasing your consumption of sodium and fluids can help increase circulation of water and nutrients in your blood, so your muscles can be firing on all cylinders.

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Nuuntini Testing: Nuun Shandy

The Nuun Shandy was first created after a particularly tough marathon a few years back. We couldn't wait to crack open an ice cold beer at the finish line, but we also knew we needed to rehydrate. But we felt awkward and clumsy holding a bottle of water, a can of beer, and a banana all at once. Instead, we dropped a tab into a can of beer and were pleasantly surprised to find out we loved it! That post-race beer tasted better than ever, and we were replacing lost electrolytes while also enjoying the celebration.

Over the years, we've experimented with different flavor combinations, trying to find what we like best. Click below to find out what our favorites are!

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hydrate to spin

We had so much fun during Flywheel's Tour de Fly that we want everyone to byob to spin class! (...bring your own best. what did you think we meant?)

if you've attended an indoor spin class, you know the physical demands can be very different than a run or casual ride. classes are typically 45-60 minutes, the studio is rarely air conditioned, and you're riding your bike at a high intensity. the right fuel and hydration strategy is key to success!

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7 tips to help your kids stay hydrated

Parents often ask us if their kids can share their nuun. It's important for them to stay hydrated, and not all kiddos like the taste of plain water. Fortunately, our tabs are low calorie and low sugar, and our plant-based ingredients are kid-friendly! (Note: Some flavors do have caffeine)

Below are 7 tips for help your young ones stay hydrated and to help them learn good hydration habits early!

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hot summer workouts

Recently we talked about ways you can ​combat the stresses put on your body when it is exposed to heat and humidity. But have you ever wondered why we need to spend extra attention to hydration during the summer?

It starts (and ultimately ends) with thermoregulation, which when functioning efficiently helps keep the body cool. Maintaining a proper core temperature goes hand in hand with thermoregulation, and can be achieved by proper hydration. But, before dig any further, let’s remind ourselves how our body naturally keeps us cool. It works via four main processes’ or methods.

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long rides are about fuel and survival

Near the end of every year, cycling apparel brand Rapha poses a challenge to riders around the world: ride ​500 kilometers (around 310 miles) between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. This may seem easy enough, but once you throw in the usually less-than-enjoyable weather that time of year, holidays (and the usual travel and family obligations that come with them), and the abbreviated daylight hours, it starts to get a little inconvenient.

I usually complete the Festive 500 by chipping away at the mileage a little every day, with a few days of rest here and there to make time for family and the holidays. This last year, with more obligations than ever, I decided to get a little crazy, and try and complete the distance in one ride, and convince some of my more gullible/adventurous friends to join me.

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