The Best Way to Hydrate

Did you know that proper hydration is more than just drinking water? Your body actually needs and craves electrolytes and minerals that are lost while working out. I want to share with you why this is important. The best way to stay hydrated as well as sports nutrition tips that I live by!

A question I get frequently is, “How often do you work out and what does your workout schedule looks like?” Boy has it changed over the past few years! I’ll be the first one to admit that I used to love cardio, I was the biggest cardio bunny out there, but I struggled to see results. Sure I had great cardio vascular endurance (super important!) but aesthetically I stayed the same. I wanted to be able to build muscle and I thought because I am a vegetarian, I wouldn’t be able to build as much muscle as the meat eaters in the weight room.

Well guess what…..that is such a lie! Plant based eaters not only CAN build muscle, they recover faster. Science has shown that plant based eaters are able to process their food faster. They can also have improved circulation which allows for the muscles to heal quicker — making recovery a cinch.

For the past four years, I have incorporated less cardio (shorted, HIIT type exercises) and added in four days of weight training a week. Sure I was intimidated to go into the weight room at the gym. Thanks to YouTube I learned some technique basics and headed in to try to build some muscle. I also had to increase my calories a bit, so my body had the proper fuel to build muscle. I did a program which is known as “reverse dieting” and slowly increased my calories from 1400-2000. This allowed for my body to adjust to more calories slowly. Week by week, and use up the extra glucose to build muscle.

When I started weight lifting more, I hired an online trainer. Yes, even coaches need coaches! She walked me through the process of eating more. She also suggested I need to focus on my hydration. We all know that water helps to hydrate our bodies, flush out extra carbohydrates as well as allow our organs to work properly and efficiently.

During my short, interval cardio sessions, I want to be able to recover as fast as possible. When I do this, I can go hard over and over. After spending some time researching online I came across information about electrolytes. Most of us know that electrolytes (a fancy word for minerals) that we need are sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride and phosphate. When we sweat, we lose these essential minerals via our perspiration. Which means we can recover faster and perform better so we can replace them, while still staying hydrated.

When I hear the word electrolytes, the first thing that comes to mind is sugary, food dyed liquid that I would not want to put into my body…they were also filled with empty carbohydrates. Since I am trying to build muscle with clean carbs, I knew these weren’t an option. Also I firmly believe in keeping my supplements as clean as possible, and those products don’t fit into that category. I came across an electrolyte company that boasts a low sugar, low calorie, naturally sweetened, dye free, great tasting. This product is called Nuun Hydration. Nuun was also one of the first companies to separate electrolytes from carbohydrates. All you are getting is whole, clean electrolytes perfect for those super sweaty HIIT sessions or heavy lifting days.

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Using Nuun (found @Walmart) is super easy! They come in small, portable, circular tablets that you pop into 16 oz of water and just a few seconds, you’ve got a healthy sports drink in your hand! Nuun has so many different flavors and varieties. They range ranging from a Sport blend (for before, during or after exercise). To an Immunity blend (hello travel!). A Rest blend (for a greater night’s sleep). They also have an awesome vitamin line (designed for overall everyday health)! 

Not only do I use it during HIIT, weight lifting, but I also pop one into my water bottle before I teach aerobics. I am able to take small sips in between songs knowing that I am immediately replacing those lost minerals. After my workouts, I like to keep my meals simple. Just low in fat and fiber, while keeping clean protein and carbohydrates the priority. As every athlete knows, the quicker you can recover from a workout, the more muscle you build. The more you build, then more you can improve your cardiovascular endurance – and inevitably, get back into the gym faster! Here is a recipe that I love to use post workout!

CHUNKY MONKEY NICE CREAM

  • One medium banana frozen (can cut into sections before freezing)
  • 1 scoop Ideal Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • 1 TBSP natural peanut butter
  • 2-3 TBSP almond milk
  1. Place frozen bananas in high powered blender
  2. Pulse until the banana get nice and creamy (ice cream like consistency)
  3. Add protein powder and pulse until incorporated. Add almond milk as necessary
  4. Next add in peanut butter
  5. Pour into jar. Can eat right away or stick in freezer for 5 minutes or until it is soft serve texture.
  6. 5.P 20 F 13 C 41 Cal 353
Veggie Lisa Nuun

Here’s to a happier, healthier and quicker recovery with Nuun Hydration!

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