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When it comes to exercising outside, how hot is too hot? There’s no exact science to it, but when the dog days of summer are upon us, it’s best to play it safe. It’s important to know your limits instead of pushing them. And the heat shouldn’t be an excuse to skip a workout, either.

Below are alternatives to help you stay active when it’s too hot:

  • H20 Workouts. Water is your best friend during summer – and not just for hydrating. Swimming is great exercise or sign up for a water aerobics class. A friendly game of pool volleyball with your friends counts, too!
  • Zen Workouts. Perfect your downward dog with an early morning yoga class – outside or inside. Not only is it an excellent way to get your blood flowing, but it also starts the day with a free and open mind.
  • Game Workouts. Grab your comrades and join an intramural league. From night soccer games to softball pick-up games, there’s no excuse not to get in a workout while still having fun!
  • After Work Workouts. Unwind after a long workday by walking your dog or taking a stroll around the neighborhood. It also serves as good reflection time. Just be aware of your surroundings!

What are your methods to beat the heat? Share them with us on Twitter and Facebook!

Summer 2014 Triathlons

July 1, 2014

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2014 New York City Triathlon, August 1–3, New York City, NY

2014 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, August 22­–24, Chicago, IL

Come join us in the Windy City and the Big Apple next month!

 

About the New York City Triathlon

Every summer, athletes alike gather in one of the world’s most iconic cities to brave the mighty Hudson River, bike along Manhattan’s West Side highway, and run through the renowned Central Park. The New York City Triathlon is always one to remember; this year will be no different. Click here for more details on the event schedule and course info.

The main event takes place on Sunday, August 3rd. Unfortunately, the 2014 registration is now closed. The 2015 registration lottery will be open on November 1st.

Stop By Our Booth at the Expo!

Make sure to stop by our booth at the 2014 Duane Reade Sports and Fitness Expo on Friday, August 1st from 12pm to 8pm and Saturday, August 2nd from 10am to 6pm at the Grand Hyatt New York. Enjoy a free protein smoothie sample made with Natalie’s Juice (while supplies last)! The expo will feature many exhibitors displaying the latest in endurance sports gear.

About the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon

Triathletes from all over the world have come together on the shores of Lake Michigan for more than 30 years. The Transamerica Chicago Triathlon is one of the biggest triathlons in the world; it’s an action-packed trek through one of America’s most beloved cities. For the first time since 1996, a new bike course has been implemented to give racers more sights and sounds to experience in downtown Chicago. The track will now begin along Lake Shore Drive, down Lower Wacker Drive, through the financial district, and ending on the Lower Randolph Busway. It’s going to be a true game changer!

The main event takes place on Sunday, August 24th, and registration is still open.

Click here for more details on the event schedule and course info.

Stop By Our Booth at the Expo!

While picking up your official packet, come visit our booth on Friday, August 22nd and 23rd at the Multisport & Fitness Expo at the Hilton Chicago from 3pm to 9pm on Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturday. Get your hands on a free protein smoothie sample made with Natalie’s Juice (while supplies last)! Course talks and body marking will also take place at the Hilton Chicago.

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Sure, we know fruit and vegetables are good for us. We’ve been told that all our life. But why should we eat them? How much do we really need each day? This month serves as a great reminder. Bonus: Farmers markets are in full swing.

Below are some fast facts to be mindful of:

  • Why should I eat them? Fruits, vegetables, and legumes (dry beans and peas) may help reduce the risk of various chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer in the mouth, throat, lung, esophagus, and stomach. They also help with calorie control – low in calories and high in nutrients.
  • How much should I eat daily? On a 2,000-calories diet, it’s recommended you eat around 4 ½ cups of fruit and vegetables.
  • What nutrients do they contain? Many contain vitamins A and C, folate, and potassium.
  • Are some better for me than others? When you’re shopping for fresh produce, it’s important to select a variety of different types and colors. Each one has its health benefits. However, dark greens (kale and broccoli) are chock full of the most nutrients.
  • Should I only eat fruit if it’s fresh? No, but focus on eating fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruit rather than fruit juice. 

What are your go-to fruits and vegetables? Share them with us on Twitter and Facebook!

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Get ready for one of the best scenic urban courses in the United States.

About the Marathon

The Life Time Tri Minneapolis is Minnesota’s premier triathlon, as well as one of our favorite events of the year. It starts with a swim in Lake Nokomis, followed by a winding tour of the picturesque Minneapolis-St. Paul area. A flat run around Lake Nokomis ends the race. Musical entertainment, along with cheering VIPs, vendors, and professional athletes, will be present at the finish line. Once again, we’re thrilled to be a sponsor again this year!

The multisport event takes place on Saturday, July 12th, and registration is still open.

Click here for more details on the event schedule, packet pickup, and course info.

Stop By Our Booth at the Expo!

While picking up your official race number and packet, come visit our booth on Friday, July 11th at the expo on West Nokomis Parkway from 11am to 7pm. Get your hands on a protein shake and grab a free drink shaker (while supplies last).

 

 

 

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Run your heart out at the Heartbreak Hill Half next month!

About the Marathon

From live music to a Eukanuba 2-Mile Dog Run, it’s safe to say that this will be a 3-day event to remember. Held on the beautiful, prestigious Boston College Campus, the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon & Running Festival will be non-stop entertainment. Rich in history, Boston College is the perfect backdrop for runners and supporters alike.

The half marathon takes place on Sunday, June 8th and the 5K and 10K on Saturday, June 7th. Registration is still open for all three events.

Click here for more details on the event schedule and course info.

Stop By Our Booth at the Expo!

While picking up your official race number and packet, come visit our booth on Friday, June 6th at the Health & Fitness Expo at Conte Forum on the Boston College campus from 3pm to 7pm. Get your hands on a protein shake and grab a free drink shaker (while supplies last).

Registration is still open for all three events.

Click here for more details on the event schedule and course info.

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The snow is melting, the days are growing longer, and outdoor activities are in full swing. It’s time to kick the winter doldrums to the curb and rejuvenate your workout regimen and diet. This spring, we say out with the old and in with the lean.

Devise a plan of attack for the warmer days (and nights) ahead with these quick tips:

  • Slow and steady wins the race. No need to overwork yourself after a few weeks (or months) off. Be realistic about your spring training goals.
  • Instead of your usual run or treadmill routine, pick up a new outdoor sport. Grab a tennis racket or a golf club and get to it!
  • Toss those leftover holiday goodies and stock your fridge with fresh fruit and veggies for protein-packed smoothies.
  • A new season also means new swag. Treat yourself to new running shoes or workout gear. You can even use it as an incentive!
  • Pump up the jams with a new workout playlist. Motivation and music go hand in hand.
  • Don’t forget the SPF! In this case, there’s safety in (higher) numbers.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to a fresh start. With an open mind and being mindful of our diet, this could be the best spring yet. Cheers!

What are you most looking forward to this spring? We’d love to hear it. Share them with us on Twitter and Facebook!

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Things are heating up in Austin next month at the Life Time CapTex Triathlon!

About the Marathon

Founded over 20 years ago, the Life Time Tri CapTex has become one of the most popular triathlon races in the country. With over 3,000 participants, the streets of Austin are filled each Memorial Day. Did we mention that it attracts the cream of the crop, too? From top ranked athletes to first-time triathletes, it’s a day you won’t want to miss. We’re ecstatic to be a sponsor again this year!

The multisport event takes place on Monday, May 26th, and registration is still open.

Click here for more details on the event schedule, packet pickup, and course info.

Stop By Our Booth at the Expo!

While picking up your official race number and packet, come visit our booth on Sunday, May 25th at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Palmer Events Center from 10am to 6pm. Get your hands on a protein shake and grab a free drink shaker (while supplies last).

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Next month, you can find us at the South Beach Triathlon. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

About the Marathon

In the vibrant city of South Beach, this stunning backdrop is the ideal location for this multi-sport event. Starting with an ocean swim, the course then makes it way through Miami Beach’s Causeways and finishes on the sands of South Beach. Along the way, participants and spectators will enjoy scenic views of the Art Deco District and downtown Miami and Miami Beach.

The triathlon takes place on Sunday, April 6th. Registration is still open! You wouldn’t want to miss out on this one.

Race Day Expo

The expo and mandatory packet pick-up will be located in Lummus Park, starting on Saturday, April 5th at 10AM. Race/course talks and a pro meeting will also be going on during the course of the day.

Stop By Our Booth!

While picking up your official race packet, come visit our booth on April 5th. Get your hands on a protein shake and grab a free drink shaker (while supplies last).

Jump Start Your Morning

February 5, 2014

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Weekday mornings can be daunting. Your alarm goes off. You hit snooze – one or 10 times. You finally muster up enough strength to pull yourself out of bed to hit the gym or go on a run. Or sometimes, your cozy bed wins.

Well, its time to kick these old habits to the curb and start waking up on the right side of the bed – everyday. Morning motivators are quick and effective ways to start your day strong. Try these noteworthy tricks to get in a workout:

Have a healthy breakfast. Get your body prepped with a pre-workout smoothie. Our Blueberry Ginger Productivity Protein Smoothie packs a protein-packed punch. Made with blueberries, honey, ginger, cinnamon, and almonds, this tasty treat will fuel you throughout the day and aid in your overall wellness. Or grab a Blueberry Oat Muffin as you run out the door. Proper sustenance is key.

Soak in some rays. A simple, yet effective, way to wake up is to get enough natural light. Stimulate your senses by enjoying your morning smoothie near a window or positioning your bed so it faces east. A little (light) can go a long way.

Plan ahead. Just as you would set your work clothes out the night before, have your workout gear packed beforehand as well. In fact, even have your running/workout shoes ready and raring to go by the door. Constant cues never hurt.

Be realistic. Scheduling a 6 a.m. workout may, after all, be a pipe dream. Make sure your expectations line up with reality. Instead, plan a workout over lunch or sign up for a yoga class with a buddy after work. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment from the get-go. Be mindful of you.

Instead of dreading the early hours, we should embrace them. By being in the right mindset, workouts will seem like a breeze rather than a burden.

You’ll be a morning person in no time.

What’s your trick to waking up early? We’d love to hear them. Share them with us on Twitter and Facebook!

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This March, find us basking in the sun at the 2014 Asics® LA Marathon.

About the Marathon

For nearly 30 years, the LA Marathon has graced the streets of this iconic city. The race begins at the historic Dodger Stadium, proceeds through Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and ends at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and California Avenue in Santa Monica. It’s a picturesque event fit for any runner or spectator. The marathon will take place on Sunday, March 9. Registration is still open!

Race Day Expo

The NutriBullet Health & Fitness Expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, starting on Friday, March 7 at 10AM. There will be over 150 exhibitors (including us!) with the latest in running gear, shoes, and fitness and nutrition developments. It’s free and open to the public.

Click here for more details on the expo and packet pick-up.

Stop By Our Booth!

While picking up your official race number and packet, come visit our booth on March 7th and 8th. Get your hands on a protein shake, grab a free drink shaker (while supplies last).