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It’s time to start making the most of your commute to work! Running or biking to work is a great way to reduce your personal carbon footprint, fit in a workout on a busy day and diffuse stress before/after a work day.
While traffic jams are wiped off of the commute obstacle list, active commutes present a handful of unique twists. So, in order to reap the benefits of your run/bike commute, it pays to be prepared.
As the weather warms and dries up, following a few helpful pro-tips will help you to get the most out of your newly defined “rush hour!"
For the last 10 years, I’ve ridden bicycles thousands of miles from mountain biking to road racing to cyclocross. I’m not the best or fastest, but I love cycling for the fun and the fitness that comes with it. Over the last 10 years, I’ve also run a total of about 20 miles.
Twelve weeks before my first half-marathon, I wouldn’t have considered myself a “runner”. (For those cyclists who aren’t familiar, running is what you do when you get a flat tyre at the Tour de France.) I thought that committing to a 12-week training plan would be a good challenge. Even if, at the time, the thought of running 6, 8, 10 or more miles was daunting and 13.1 miles seemed impossible. Then the running started and I learned that running is awesome.
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.
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
The start of a new year is an exciting time for organizing race calendars and goals for the upcoming 12 months ahead. Here at Nuun Headquarters, we’ve got some lofty goals and exciting events on our 2018 line up.
Our “top picks” bucket list is a reflection of our resolutions this year: Travel more, Inspire Others and Keep Muuving!
Running and Cycling resolutions can take a number of different forms as we welcome the new year. This is an exciting time to evaluate your progress from last year, and make personal builds as we move into 2018. One of the most valuable things you can do for your resolution, is to create a plan or support system to keep your goals in place! Here are some of our favorite ways to keep the resolution stoke high.Read More
We believe in the continuous search for improvement. And when we need a little motivation, we turn to our Nuun Elite athletes! If you're looking for extra inspiration, check out the goals they're chasing in 2018. Some are familiar faces, some are new to the Nuuniverse, but all are sure to inspire!Read More
When is the last time you tried something brand new?
At Nuun HQ, we are kicking off 2018 with a different type of resolution. We call it: The Nuubie Challenge. We’re challenging ourselves and others to get out of our comfort zones and try a NEW activity each week of January.
Zumba, Rowing, Mountain Biking. These are just a few activities on our Nuubie lists here at HQ…but the list goes on.
This January, we’re inviting YOU to step up to the challenge as well!
At Nuun, we believe that moving more + proper hydration are catalysts to help you thrive through life. Although this may sound obvious, our actions in society are counter to these fundamentals and as a result, making us unhealthier.
Think about the headwinds we face everyday when it comes to movement alone. We live in a box (our home). We likely drive in a box (automobile) to work and sit in a box (office), only to stare at a box (computer and cell). Then we repeat the drive home back to our box and sit and stare at a box (TV/computer). Most people live a sedentary lifestyle, indoors, for 20+ hours every single day.
This Black Friday, Nuun is encouraging our team to counter society’s sedentary lifestyle and pause on our shopping indulgence by opting outside. Our friends at REI started this movement a couple of years ago by closing their doors on one of the biggest shopping days of the year. The intent was to give up on shopping for the day and just get outside. Think of it as healing for our body and our planet. Let’s be real, we all know that it is pretty difficult to get outside without moving.
Here are 5 reasons to opt outside this Thanksgiving weekend:
As we head into winter months, many athletes across the country are faced with less than ideal conditions for running and cycling outdoors. Colder temperatures, icy roads and shorter/darker days are a few of the reasons why athletes use the winter months to retreat to indoor training. While the treadmill and trainer are often met with a bit of dread and resistance, we’ve collected a number of ways to keep motivation high and workouts interesting as the miles shift indoors this winter.Read More