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challenge: move 17 minutes!

2017 is going to be the year we break up with our snooze button! no more saying "just five more minutes," and no more rushing to fit in some miles because we slept in. it takes practice to become a habit, so as added motivation this week, we're going to move at least 17 minutes every morning. why'd we pick an odd number like 17? because it's 2017. (and we may have already eaten 17 tabs this year. leg cramps are no joke!)

and we're challenging you to do it with us!

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ambassador applications are open!

​This is not a drill! Repeat, this is not a drill! Applications for our 2017 ambassador program are officially open!

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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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5 Reasons to Foam Roll

Foam rolling. Like it or not, it's gotta be done. For a few moments of discomfort, you can reduce your risk of injury and speed up recovery. Here's how.

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Sugars In Sports Drinks

It is no secret that our society has an issue with over-consuming sugar-sweetened beverages, and just an overall consumption of added sugars. The FDA has put forth some new rules to help consumers identify which products contain added sugars. These are sugars that are present in products but are not naturally occurring (for example: fruit has a high amount of natural sugar in the form of fructose; therefore, will not be categorized as added sugars). The new rules include a line in the Nutritional/Supplemental Facts Panel that highlights added sugars making it easier for the consumer to identify which products have high amounts of sugars.

Most of the commercial ready-to-drink sports drink options out there are littered with added sugars, and your body simply doesn't need at that level or concentration. This has led to the low-carb sport drink movements, or what I like to refer to as new age hydration. Because what science has proven over the course of many years, is that sugar does play a role in fluid and nutrient absorption during exercise. Through the years, the amount of fluid to carb to electrolytes has been refined to help maximize the role of those sport drink on your body during exercise. Even the exact ratio of certain types of carbohydrates to fluids have been studied to show what works best for the athlete.

What roles do sugars play in sport drinks?

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Best of Vancouver

As our virtual roadtrip comes to a close, we head to Vancouver, BC. Seattle's sister-city to the north, we've always felt right at home in Vancouver and we think it's the perfect spot to end our roadtrip. Taking the wheel is nuun elite triathlete ​Trav Mckenzie. An Aussie transplant, Trav now calls the wet coast home. We'll let him take it from here!

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As an athlete, Vancouver is one of the best cities I’ve lived in. With the right wet weather gear (and attitude), you can train here, year round. The ease of access to world class terrain and facilities, it really is an undiscovered Endurance Sports mecca. For visitors, there is also so much to explore, once you’re done working out.

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team nuun in kona

​The IRONMAN World Championship coming up this weekend is the most iconic event in triathlon. Entry to the big event in the original home of the IRONMAN distance (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run) is by qualification only, bringing some of the best professional and amateur athletes in the world to this race.

Racing on the big island is an experience unlike any other. The heat, the humidity, and the wind create a daunting course for an already challenging event, and the buzz of energy emitting from all of the other athletes is absolutely contagious. To be part of the exclusive club to cross the finish line on Ali'i drive is a lifetime achievement that many of these athletes work toward for years and will never forget.

here at hydration hq, we’re excited to cheer on five of our ambassadors in Kona.

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muscle cramps

Recently, there’s been a lot of new theories and studies that may help us get to the root cause of muscle cramping. One thing I know for sure is that every athlete (regardless of the level you train and compete at) has, in one way or another, experienced muscle cramping. It is one of those side effects of exercise, of pushing your body to the limit, that I still believe we haven’t solved or found a way to eliminate the onset of muscle cramps during exercise.

There are certain nutritional strategies you can implement to help your body prepare for battle. But before we get into those, we should start with the basics: what are muscle cramps, how do they occur, and why?

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