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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!
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.
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.
In keeping with New Years’ resolutions, our latest Nuuntini recipes deliver delicious and refreshing cocktail options without packing in the extra sugar and calories. We’re keeping things light, and extra bubbly with January’s Nuun Spritzer combinations.
At Nuun HQ, you’ll find no shortage of flavored bubbly water. A favorite amongst the crowd is La Croix. We’ve experimented to find our favorite La Croix/Nuun tablet flavor combinations!
The winter weather invites opportunity for some of our favorite mountain-side sports. Whether you’re hitting the slopes, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated during a day on the mountain.
It’s easy to forget to keep hydrated when the weather is cold, and you’re not left feeling hot and sweaty after your workout. But the truth is that cold weather workouts (especially on the mountain), require even more attention to staying on your hydration A-Game. The Nuun Elite team has many Nordic skiers that understand the value and payoff of proper mountain hydration. With a number of those athletes heading to this year’s Winter Olympics Games, we think they’ve got something figured out!
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?