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3 rules for strength training during marathon training

You might think weight training and marathon training don't mix. We've all heard it before: "I'm chasing a personal best and don't want to bulk up!" But strength training is an important component to cross training for a marathon. The right exercises improve your stability, build power in your legs, and reduce your risk of injury. Adding lean muscle mass also improves the rate at which your body burns fat!

Cross training can help you reach your goals, but overdoing it can derail your training. So how do you incorporate lifting into your training plan?

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move at noon

​We all know sitting at a desk all day is bad for your health. The 7 mile run or the 60 minute trainer ride before work help, but aren’t enough. The key is to stand up and move for a few minutes several times throughout your work day. Taking the long way to the restroom, going for a walk (or run) at lunch, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator are all easy ways to move more.

And this easy, do-anywhere movement sequence (courtesy of our friends at InHealth Sports Injury and Performance) only takes 5 minutes! It's our daily "muuv at nuun" routine, and it not only gets you out of your chair, but will also help ease tension in your back and shoulders from sitting hunched over at a desk all day.

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10 Tips For A Successful First Marathon

it's officially september, and that means fall marathon season! any marathoner will tell you there's no feeling quite like the first time you finish 26.2 miles. and to help you reach your first marathon finish line, we have a few tips to ensure a successful race day!

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7 tips for working out on the road

Hydrating the masses means a lot of travel! And whether we're traveling for work and for play, training waits for no one. We polled our team for their best tips on fitting in your workout while on the road. Follow these tips to stay on track!

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finding your mojo

here at hydration hq, we're on a mission to encourage everyone to live a more active life. and we know getting started in a new sport may be a little intimidating (especially as an adult), but it doesn't have to be. so we're sharing how the some of us nuunies got our start in the hopes that we inspire at least a few of you to try something new!

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​6 Ways to Add More Yoga to Your Life

Yoga has a plentitude of well-known benefits, but like getting enough sleep, eating well, or staying hydrated (though nuun can surely help with that!), it is sometimes an activity which we know is good for us but don’t quite do often enough.

Life is busy, messy, and occasionally chaotic, and sometimes the last thing we think we have time for is stretching on a mat. Yoga may feel like the last item on the “to do” list, but even ten minutes of yoga per day adds up over the long run—that’s 70 minutes per week, or more than 60 hours per year. Just a short daily yoga practice pays dividends to other areas of your well-being, so here are ways to ensure you make it to your mat.

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why workouts don’t always equal weight loss

weight along isn't the best measure of fitness, but there are reasons you may want to drop a few pounds. you may find that despite increasing your activity level, the pounds are sticking around. or even more frustratingly, the pounds seem to be multiplying. there are a few reasons this can happen. avoid these mistakes to start shedding a few pounds.

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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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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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​7 Yoga Poses to Relax and Restore Your Legs

Yoga is one of our favorite ways to cross-train, and the flow below doesn't even require sitting up! Ann from Runners Love Yoga is back with 7 new poses to help will help improve your flexibility, which will help you run faster and more efficiently.

After a tough workout, sometimes gathering up motivation to move is difficult—let alone stretch. Use the following 7 pose sequence to relax and restore your legs. You can stay reclining the entire time! After going through all seven poses on one side as directed, repeat the same order on the second side.

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