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Chef Vishal: Couscous Scramble

This month’s Chef Vishal featured recipe is a tasty treat that provides for the busy athlete. This quick, easy and healthy meal is packed with healthy carbohydrates and proteins, making for a perfect dish the night before a longer run or intense workout.

Added bonus: this recipe is great to make is bulk and easy to re-heat for next day leftovers!

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Fueling for the Long Haul

Long runs take a lot out of you. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you’re putting a lot back in! Both hydration and fuel play a major role in maintaining energy levels during a long run, but what is the optimal combination for long-haul success?

As a general rule of thumb, runs lasting less than 90-minutes can usually manage on solid, maintained hydration without the need for regular fuel stops. Workouts outlasting the 90-minute mark begin to take a different toll on your body. Over 90-minutes, carbohydrates play a key role in keeping your body fueled for continued endurance exercise.

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Sugar and Exercise: Friends or Foes?

While recognizing the global conversation around the sugar epidemic, the fact is that sugar is a carbohydrate. More specifically, it’s a carbohydrate that can efficiently fuel our bodies and optimizes fluid absorption, making it a helpful resource in your workout fuel plan (at the proper amounts). Not all sugar comes in the form of refined, white granular sugar that could immediately come to mind. Many nutrient dense foods provide a healthy dose of sugar carbohydrates needed for proper physiological functions and more specifically, endurance performance.

This is not to say that “more is better” when it comes to sugar and exercise. In fact, the near opposite is true. Too much sugar will stress your stomach and lead to GI distress (if you’ve been in this situation, you KNOW it’s not a good time). Additionally, too much sugar does have detrimental effects on your health. So, how much sugar is the “right” amount of sugar, and how should it be consumed with respect to exercise?

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​Role of Caffeine in Athletic Performance

In the pursuit to optimize personal performance, athletes have been experimenting with different food sources and supplements for years! Amongst shifting fads for performance enhancement, caffeine has been a long-time favorite for endurance athletes. Caffeine has even become a banned (or restricted) substance for certain athletic competitions. Up until 2004, the International Olympic Committee restricted levels of caffeine that would pass a blood-doping test! So, that begs the question, how does caffeine play into overall athletic performance?

One of the ways that caffeine can enhance athletic performance has been sitting right beneath our noses. For many, our daily cup of coffee is our coveted mental alarm clock. The daily ritual helps to reduce mental fatigue, and jumpstart our brains into high-function gear.

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8 Ways to Repurpose Your Nuun Tubes

When you drink as much Nuun as we do, you start looking for ways to reuse your empty tubes. Our tubes are waterproof, portable, and perfect for...

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Send Us Your Empty Tubes!

Nuun tubes aren't just portable and waterproof, they're also recyclable! Your empty tubes can be recycled at any facility that accepts #5 plastics. But if you don't have a convenient recycling center near you, you can send them to us! We'll peel the labels, pop the tops, and recycle them for you!

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Nuuntini Testing: Blackberry Gin Sour

​From New England to Nor Cal, we’ve all seen a couple of sneak peaks of spring weather over the last couple of weeks. We know it might be wishful thinking, but we’re getting in a Spring-time state of mind with our newest Nuuntini.

This spin on the Blackberry Gin Sour is our Nuuntini ode to the warmer, brighter, patio-side days on the distant horizon. While February temperatures might still warrant our warmest puffy vests, you’ll find us daydreaming of shorts weather with a Blackberry Gin Sour in hand.

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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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