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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
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!
Welcome to the world of triathlon! Get ready to work hard, have fun, and love lycra. I’ve been training and racing for about 15 years now but I still keep two principles in mind from my earliest days: keep it simple and this is a lifelong sport! Below are some tips for anyone considering becoming a triathlete!Read More
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!Read More
By: Vishal Patel, Chief Nutritionist
Nutrition and hydration can play a major role in how our bodies can recovery after a tough workout. I’ve spent the most time researching recovery nutrition, over any other facets of sports nutrition because I truly believe it’s the most important.
Why? Because how we recovery will dictate the effort of the subsequent workout. If that isn’t enough to show how important recovery is, think of this way…elite and professional athletes dope to help improve their recovery. The illegal substances they’re consuming (EPO, HGH, etc.) all work to help repair and re-build the body, allowing them to work harder the next day, then athletes who are competing clean. Dopers still work very hard during training, but by cheating you speed up the time it takes for your body to repair itself.
For this blog, we’ll focus on three ‘general’ aspects on recovery; timing, immune health, and nutrition.
by dave henkel, nuunelite athlete and head coach of speed sherpa: mindful coaching.
With early season 'A' races for many athletes about 8 weeks away, I have been speaking to some of my athletes about several key items that will improve their performance and wanted to share these thoughts with the Nuuniverse. Here's some items to consider for your upcoming event. While these ideas are aimed towards triathletes, any endurance athlete can benefit from putting these tips into practice as your “big day” approaches!
Science is constantly evolving, and with that comes learning. Over the past decade we’ve closely studied how the human body functions during endurance exercise, and found that hydration plays a key role in helping mitigate the stresses of endurance exercise. With that comes performance, the first sport drink mix verified by the Non-GMO Project and Informed Choice, reassuring our commitment to clean, pure ingredients.
But just what is Performance?
Whether you're superstitious or not, we all have our race day rituals. From wearing our lucky socks to rocking out to pump up jams to eating the right breakfast, these routines help us feel ready for anything as we toe the start line. But have you ever wondered how professional athletes prepare for competition? We did, so we asked a few of our elite athletes to share their rituals with us. We were happy to hear they still get nervous before a race, too!Read More
'‘Beat your own best!’' are words to live by here at nuun. We are continually striving to push our boundaries and limitations in an effort to accomplish big, hairy, audacious goals. For someone, that might mean finally crushing your PR and finally getting that BQ. For another it might be overcoming your swimming fears and completing your first triathlon. For me? I decided to attempt two new distances within a year; a full Ironman and a 50K. Two things I thought I could/would never do. I finished my first half Ironman thinking, “Yup, I would never be able to double that.” I crawled across the line of my first marathon thinking, “I will never run further than this… ever!” Turns out, I was thinking too much about how I wouldn’t, not that I actually couldn’t, do those things.
So, the challenge was on! I was going to prove to myself that I had the dedication to push and train for two distances I thought I couldn’t do. Last year, I completed an Ironman and a 50K within 2 months of each other. AND since it was such an eye opening experience for me, I thought I would share a few tips, tricks and reasons why I think you can, and should, step up your game and go the distance as well!