Posts by Andy Blow


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Does Peeing Clear Really Mean You’re Hydrated?

  

Many athletes and teams consider urine color to be an accurate indicator of overall hydration. But studies show that the relationship between hydration and the color of your pee might not be that simple. Here's the story of how we came to use urine as a metric, and what it could mean for your performance.


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Does ‘Drink to Thirst’ Hydration Work For Endurance Athletes?

  

Drinking only water, only when thirsty, has become a popular hydration strategy among coaches and athletes. Here's why it still might not be the best approach to hydration at your next endurance event.


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3 Ways Your Hydration Status Changes As You Age

  

With more and more athletes staying competitive well past the age of 50, it’s important to understand the ways your body’s ability to hydrate and manage fluid levels change as you age.


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Can Drinking Hot Drinks Help You Perform Better in Cold Weather?

  

There is evidence that a hot beverage can help you stay better hydrated during a training session or race. Here are some tips on what to drink and how to keep those fluids warm while training outdoors.


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3 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Train This Winter

  

These three strategies will help keep you from turning a day or two off into a full-blown workout slump during the winter months.


How to Avoid Getting Sick While in Training

  

There is a fine line between the immunity-boosting effects and immunity compromising effects of training. Here’s your guide to toeing that line successfully.


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How to Avoid These 3 Common Long-Distance Racing Hydration Fails

  

Learn how to avoid dehydration, hyponatremia and GI distress by calculating your fluid intake properly during longer and/or hotter races.


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How to Make Sure You Start Your Race Hydrated

  

Getting to the start line optimally hydrated means preloading your sodium levels smartly, not drinking every water bottle in sight.


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What Your Body Actually Needs During Different Types of Endurance Exercise

  

A high-level, no-nonsense view of what your body actually needs during various types of endurance exercise in order to meet both your hydration and nutritional needs.


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How to Avoid Muscle Cramping During Exercise

  

It is estimated that the vast majority of athletes have suffered from cramping at some point. Here are some theories on what causes cramp, and tips on how to avoid muscle cramping during exercise.


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