Hydration Blog

staying hydrated during winter

winter is coming, but that doesn't mean training stops! if you're headed into off-season training,​ don't lose your hydration habits. being just 2% dehydrated can lead to a decrease in athletic performance. and yes, it may seem like you don't sweat as much in the winter, but don't let that mislead you.​

when you're cold, your body attempts to preserve heat by lowering your sweat rate. but cold temperatures also mean laying up. the additional layers raise your skin temperature and can actually lead to a higher sweat rate. to balance the cold weather and your body temperature, shed layers after your warm-up but keep your extremities (feet, ears, hands) covered and warm.

then, focus on hydration.​

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Nuun Ambassadors 2017

​It’s almost time for one of our favorite seasons… no, not the winter holidays, we’re talking about ambassador application season! We look forward to this experience as we connect with our most dedicated and enthusiastic fans, and have the opportunity to invite new athletes to apply to be part of our nuun family! Our ambassadors help to spread the #nuunlove everywhere they go. They also get exclusive product discounts, opportunities to participate in events with us, and access to cool ambassador-only swag!

If you think this sounds like a team you’d like to be a part of, keep reading to find out if you would be a good fit!

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Nuuntini Testing: ​Rum-Orange Hot Chocolate

The weather is getting cooler, and we’re ready to get cozy. This inventive hot Nuuntini is the perfect way to warm up, rehydrate, and unwind after a chilly run.

Ingredients
- 1 hot cocoa packet
- ½ tablet Nuun Orange
- hot water
- 1 oz rum...

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we choose to opt outside

we believe in pounding the pavement, in living life behind our handlebars, and in pushing our limits. ​we've never enjoyed standing in a queue. if it's not for a start line, what's the point?

that's why this friday, we're closing our office, skipping the lines, and headed outside.

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Chef Vishal: Beet Salad

With a little prep, you can whip this salad up in less than ten minutes. I usually keep the base ingredients in this salad on hand for an easy, nutritious dinner after a long day.

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caffeine and performance

​By Vishal Patel, Chief Nutritionist

One of the most widely consumed beverages in the world is coffee. And if you’re like me, you don’t necessarily drink it for the caffeine. You drink it for the preparation, to appreciate the quality of the beans, and to brew a perfect cup of coffee.

Admittedly, not everyone is like me. Most people drink coffee for the caffeine, which has a tremendous impact on the normal physiological functions of a human being. It works as a stimulant, releasing certain hormones that give you a burst of energy.

At nuun, we love caffeine, not only because it’s a critical component of our city’s favorite beverage (coffee), but for the performance benefits of consuming caffeine before, during, or after your next adventure.

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competing clean at all levels

Last week, we announced our partnership with the Clean Sport Collective. In addition to working to improve access to blood testing for more races, CSC is encouraging athletes of all skill levels to take the clean sport pledge. (If you haven't yet, we think you should!)

We can all agree that professional athletes should compete clean, and the age groupers too. But what about the rest of us? If there's no prize on the line, does it even matter?

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Training Through Pregnancy

By Sara Colangelo

Rejoice athletic moms-to-be! The American medical community is finally behind prenatal exercise for the majority of pregnancies. Exercising while pregnant is known to: improve or maintain cardiovascular fitness; lift your mood; ward off gestational diabetes and hypertension; fight fatigue; decrease body discomfort and excess weight gain as pregnancy progresses; and prepare your body for an easier labor. Yes, please!

Pregnancy is not the time to take up new activities (except maybe prenatal yoga – I’m now a convert!) but with certain adjustments, many training routines can be continued while cooking your little bun in the oven. Below are some common activities and modifications that I’ve discussed with my doctor and tried myself!

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Don’t sell yourself short

Don’t sell yourself short, compete clean!

Last month, I spent an inspiring few days up in the mountains of Whistler at a retreat led by the soulful athletes at Lululemon. The challenge at this retreat was less about the 12-mile mountain trail runs and more about self reflection and personal purpose. The challenge was clear: ‘we are going to have some big talk conversations versus the safe and boring small talk’.

Coming out of this retreat, I realized that we must start having the ‘big talk’ around competing clean in sport. We hold up a few doping (cheating) scapegoats that have been caught to demonstrate that we believe it is unacceptable. But have we really stepped back to think about why doping is bad? And why competing clean is the correct choice for our competition, for ourselves, and for the true spirit of sport? Just as important, what actions are we taking to create positive change? Clean sport an important initiative, both for me personally and for the industry at large. Here’s why.

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The Juice: ​Blueberry Basil Bowl

Katie from ​The Juice is back with a new, vitamin-packed recipe to help you get through cold and flu season with your immune system at full power!

As the temps go down and the mileage goes up, staying happy + healthy are key pieces to our weekly training plan. Because no one has time to be bedridden with the bug your kid picked up in school or even sidelined with the seasonal sniffles, we’ve bumped up a vitamin-packed berry blend with all the benefits of basil. Loaded with antibacterial properties to fend off the flu, basil also acts as both an anti-inflammatory agent AND as a powerful adaptogen- meaning it not only helps the body respond to stress but also fight disease. By reducing inflammation, pain AND stress, it’s our secret weapon to staying worry-free + well for a winter that's filled with wins, not woes.

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