How Much Water Do You Need During a Workout?

By Stevie Lyn Smith, RD Jun 07, 2019

It seems like phrases like "stay hydrated" and "drink plenty of water" are some of the lowest-hanging fruit when it comes to health and wellness advice. But what does that really mean? What qualifies as "plenty?" And how can we make sure that we are, in fact, hydrated?

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Chasing Down Your Next PR? Set These Biomarkers In Your Sights

By Stevie Lyn Smith, RD May 17, 2019

Spring is here, and that means race season is in full swing; after months of enduring winter training, it's finally time to put your hard work to the test! Whether you're looking for a better result the next time you toe the line, an edge over the competition, or even a shiny new PR, your biomarkers can make all the difference. Here's how some of the key markers we test can help you have your healthiest and strongest race season yet.

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Sugar Sources in Sports Fuel

By Stevie Lyn Smith, RD Apr 29, 2019

Summer is right around the corner meaning warmer days and more training miles logged outdoors in the sunshine. Whether you love or hate training and racing in the heat, grabbing sports drinks to rehydrate and replenish is a must. As more people choose to add endurance racing to their list of hobbies, sports nutrition research has continued to grow. With more options on the market today it can feel overwhelming to figure out which sports drink is right for you and when you should be adding it into your training plan. Here we'll guide you on what to look for in a sports drink and when you'll see the benefits in your training and recovery.

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The Anatomy of Female Nutrition

By Stevie Lyn Smith, RD Mar 27, 2019

"Women are not small men." Have you heard this buzzing around on social media, blogs, or articles across the internet? Lots of women want to take steps to improve their health, but the general nutrition advice our male counterparts follow often neglects female-specific needs. We can't just do a simple calorie conversion to translate a man's dietary needs to our own! But how do we differ? And what are some simple ways to start meeting our requirements? We're sharing some of our favorite foods and ideas to help you feel more empowered in your eating and meal choices.

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Optimizing Training Around Your Menstrual Cycle

By Stevie Lyn Smith, RD Mar 15, 2019

As women in the sports and fitness world, sometimes it can feel like we have something to prove — that we can train, grow, and recover with the rest of 'em. But our female physiology isn't a weakness, and it certainly doesn't have to impede our training goals. Just like anything in the natural world, our bodies and hormones go through cycles, which can be monitored and adjusted to accordingly.

While we recognize that every woman is different when it comes to her period, we can use science to better guide our training choices. Let's take a closer look at how we can work with our bodies instead of against them in the gym. 

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The Formula of Fitness Fueling

By Stevie Lyn Smith, RD Feb 19, 2019

 

 

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How To Win Your Off-Season

By Stevie Lyn Smith, RD Dec 20, 2018

 

It’s that time of the year again; the days are shorter, colder, and while many athletes may welcome the time of rest, others struggle without their regular training routine. Most athletes ‘off-season’ time settles in and while you may miss working toward that athletic goal during this time, let us help you make the most of the off season to set yourself up for an even better year of racing in the new year!

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Endurance Fueling: How to Fuel to Go the Distance

By Stevie Lyn Smith, RD Nov 02, 2018

At InsideTracker we believe that eating is training. Eating is not only critical for workout fueling, but also for post endurance training recovery. Beyond what our biomarkers tell us, we recognize that it is important to eat to support training sessions and the recovery process in between.

This brings us to one of the most frequently asked questions sports dietitians hear, especially from those in the endurance sports world: "What should I be eating before and after my workouts?"

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Weekend Warriors: How These Professional-Level Athletes Still Hold Down Full-Time Jobs

By Stevie Lyn Smith, RD Aug 27, 2018

Weekend warriors of the endurance sports world: those who take on epic mental and physical challenges while holding down demanding jobs, raising families, and crushing all other aspects of daily life. Scrolling through social media it's not unusual to wonder how they do it but more importantly, how they do it while maintaining a healthy balance of family, work, and play. We caught up with some of these all-around rockstars to get some tips, tricks, and other pieces of advice for those looking to take on big goals and challenges in their free time.

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How These Elite Athletes Prepared for the Western States 100

By Stevie Lyn Smith, RD Jun 21, 2018

Known to be one of the most grueling tests of endurance and the oldest 100-mile trail race in the world, the historical Western States 100 is set on technical trails and terrain from Squaw Valley to Auburn, California. As the countdown to race day continues, we had the opportunity to chat with a few athletes about how they’ve used InsideTracker to help get them to the start line prepared to tackle 18,000 feet of ascent and 23,000 feet of descent over 100.2 miles... all in (mostly) one day.

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