Despite not being much of a drinker, I've been bellying up the bar(re) lately. A ballet-style barre, that is. Instead of doing the boot camp-style workout I'd been doing for a couple of years, I've switched to a barre-style class for my 2x/week cross-training sessions. The ReBoot class is taught by Ashleigh, the same badass mother of four who designed the Get Ripped Like a Mother workout in Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity. In her infinite fitness wisdom, Ashleigh knew the hip-opening, core-strengthening, posture-improving moves of the class were just what this inflexible, hunched, flabby-bellied gal needed. My legs get worked so hard they shake, and even my feet feel stronger and less stiff. (We do the moves sans shoes.)
Not surprisingly, all the leg lifts, clamshells-with-pointed toes, and squat-pulses done while balancing on the ball of our feet result in eye-crossingly painful foot and calf cramps, especially for Ashleigh. As she laughingly proclaimed this morning, "All this summer drinking makes me get terrible leg cramps!" To which I blurted out, "nuun. You need nuun."
Nuun, as I explained to the gals in class, is a wonder tablet: In fewer than seven calories, one tablet delivers all the sodium, magnesium, and potassium a hard-working, sweaty body needs. Drop it into a bottle of water, and voila, you have a lightly flavored sports drinks. Ashleigh's mother, Denise, always at the barre beside me so we can both feel the breeze from the open door, nodded, saying she'd recently bought some at a bike shop. Moms: so savvy.
Whether you are a nuun-devotee, like me, or a nuun-newbie like Ashleigh, you're going to love today's Hump Day Giveaway: Five of you will each win four tubes of the most fancy-fresh flavors of nuun. Cherry Limeade with a kick of caffeine; Lemonade (my latest fave flave); juicy Watermelon; and tart-yet-sweet Grape. To hold the summer-fresh electrolyte-goodness, each winner will also get a Summer Edition nuun bottle decked out with a cute watermelon graphic.
For a chance to win, tell us what new thing you've added to your exercise regime this summer. It could be a new class like ReBoot, yoga, kickboarding in the pool, hill repeats, intervals on the treadmill, or one of the training plans from Train Like a Mother. Just click on the Comments ribbon below this post on our website (if you're reading this on a mobile device, do not just hit reply!) and tell us what fresh-as-nuun-flavors workout, moves, or exercise you are doing these days.
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. It begins on 6/26/13 and ends on 7/2/13; the winner will be announced on 7/6/13. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $24. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.