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Have you ever wondered why a five-mile run leaves you feeling parched in the summer, but not so much in the winter? There’s an answer for that! Spoiler alert: the answer is NOT that you’re any less dehydrated in the winter.
As humans, our bodies respond to our environments to protect against potential illness or harm. In the case of colder environments, our blood vessels constrict to conserve body heat at our cores rather than distributing freely to our extremities. Due to the fact that we maintain core body heat and blood flow, other responses in the body are not triggered as quickly as they usually would be in warmer temperatures. Because of this, our regular thirst sensations are reduced in the winter.
Guest Blog: Katie Rodger, The Juice
As the days get shorter and nights get longer, we’re putting some glow in your go, welcoming winter with a season-proof dose of sippable sunshine. This colorful concoction is full of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and fiber, using beets as it’s base to promote muscle repair and regenerate cell structure.
Known for their endurance enhancing properties, beets increase blood vessel dilation, which means more oxygen can be transported more effectively to your muscles. More oxygen = more muscle capacity, so before you know it, you’re running with less fatigue (both on and off the track). In short: I’m not going to not say that these potent little powerhouses will make you feel like a magical, flying unicorn (or better yet .. Nuunicorn?)
Are you planning to spread some hydration cheer this holiday season? We’ve got your covered!
While supplies last this December, purchases made on our webstore will receive a special Nuun holiday-themed to-from tag equipped with festive tie string. Gifting Nuun has never been so easy!
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.
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?
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!
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.Read More
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.
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!
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!