To James Leitner water is more than just hydrogen and oxygen. Water represents hours of long travel and the difference between life and death. The 24 year old is the founder of Mission Clean Water, a non-profit organization dedicated to help those without clean, accessible drinking water. Growing up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Leitner had an “ah ha moment” his junior year of high school. He learned in class many people didn’t have easy access to clean water. With New Jersey being the Garden State, all that green was fed by a consistent abundance of water so why couldn’t everyone have access to this vital element? He started fundraising for several non-profits and in 2014 he traveled to Tanzania with the Philadelphia Serengeti Alliance to learn more about the well systems people maintained there. In September of 2017 this environmental science major started on a 143 day journey that would take him from New Jersey to San Francisco. He walked a marathon each day while pulling ten gallons of water behind him. The ten gallons represented the average amount of water a small family needs in Tanzania for daily needs. The distance coast to coast Leitner walked symbolized the total amount a person in Tanzania walks in one year just to get water. Even though his walk is completed, his journey is not over. James will travel to Kenya to personally visit The James Leitner Rainwater Collection System at Kaliini Secondary School. The collection system was donated by UPS’s “Delivered Wishes” campaign as a way to recognize James’ cause. Vitalyte electrolyte replacement formula is proud to support MissionCleanWater’s upcoming fundraiser on March 25th. They will be hosting a virtual run in honor of World Water Day to raise awareness about the need for clean water. For more information or participate please visit www.missioncleanwater.org
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Vitalyte is proud to announce Hunter and Yates Johnson as the newest members of Team Vitalyte. This up and coming American doubles team has been playing tennis since they were old enough to hold a racquet. Born in Taos New Mexico, the twins participated in many sports when including skiing, hockey and baseball. At the age of twelve, the Johnson family relocated to Phoenix so the boys could have the advantage of playing tennis year round. While in Arizona, Hunter and Yates won three consecutive state doubles titles before moving to Texas for their senior year. During the final year of high school, the twins added another state doubles title to their collection of victories before setting their sights on their college career at SMU. While playing for the Peruna’s, the boys set a school record for the most doubles wins and were ranked as high as 12th in the nation. Since graduating from college in May of 2017, the team has risen to 390 in the ATP doubles rankings with seven tournament victories. Hunter and Yates started using Vitalyte as their electrolyte replacement drink of choice when they were fourteen years old. They were introduced to the product when they were ball boys at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and haven’t used anything else since then. These rising stars “believe in the product” and “are committed to becoming the next great American doubles team.” They have trained with the legendary Bob and Mike Bryan, “It’s a twin thing,” as the boys put it. When Hunter and Yates Johnson aren’t on the court they enjoy hanging with their dog, sharpening their ping pong skills or finding some time to wake board. Vitalyte wishes them the best this season and will be cheering from the sidelines as they Electrolyte It Up!
Professional athletes are sometimes wrongly said to have “an easy life,” where all they have to do is “travel and get paid for playing” a sport. Media portrayal often doesn’t reveal the gravel road many athletes take in pursuit of their goals. The desire to have fans see “behind the scenes” of the free-throw making and ace serving individual on the court is what drives Team Vitalyte member Beau Treyz to produce his podcast “What Do You Get” ( whatdoyougetpod.com ) . The 2014 Big Ten Doubles Champion had an experience while playing tennis for the University Of Nebraska that got “his wheels spinning.” The Husker tennis team and the basketball team shared time at the weight room. Naturally the teams got to chat in between sets at the bench press. Beau met Tai Webster, a 6’4” guard from Auckland New Zealand. Webster was a four star recruit who had gained international acclaim as a teenager when he represented his country at the FIBA World Cup and Olympic Qualifiers. Of course there was pressure on him while in college. As Beau and Tai talked and the tennis player got to know the basketball player, Beau wished “there was a way he could get the fans to understand that there’s a lot more going on on-court. There are math finals and sometimes you are sick. It’s just not what you see.” And thus What Do You Get was born. Fans got to be a different kind of sixth man and get a feeling for what do you get when you’re a high-level athlete. What are they feeling? What are they experiencing? And what Beau has concluded from producing his podcasts is that “No matter where you are in the world people are making the best with what they have.” The basketball player on the court is making the best with the pulled hamstring while the restaurant owner down the street is making the best with having a packed house when three employees called in sick. While sports viewers may see two tennis players battle over a tough game, take a break, sip on an electrolyte replacement drink, and change sides, it isn’t always just that easy. They aren’t seeing the hours in the weight room, the countless flights and connections, or the frustration of an injury. Beau is changing what is being seen, and his guests are loving talking!
“Usually when I meet with someone to interview I am thinking they are going to be able to give me ten to fifteen minutes of their time and then we will be done. But I am finding we will sit down to talk and an hour later, we are still talking.” Beau’s guests include Rich Gannon (former NFL MVP), Rajeev Ram (career high 11 in ATP World Rankings in doubles), Richard Muscio (philanthropist, WTA tournament owner) and Guillermo Canas (former 8th ATP ranked tennis player in the world). Treyz, who handles all of his own production, says of his podcast, “It is the most fun thing I do besides tennis and working out.” And this Florida native is well aware of the gifts his podcast has provided him. “I learn something from every podcast. I have come to realize that there is a lesson in every interview. Doing the podcast has helped me handle the frustration of my own tennis injury better. I know a lot of others athletes have dealt with being injured and I’m not the only one. I have learned all we can do is make the most of what we have.”
Beau said one of his guests, Guillermo Canas, who beat Federer twice in a row and rose to eighth in the world, shed a lot of light on the situation of the professional athlete. The Argentinian said his goal was to get in the top ten in the world. It was so tough for him to crack but when he finally went from thirteenth to eighth, he thought a lot would change but nothing really did. It was the same players, hitting tough forehands and training hard. Just because the goal was reached, the work continued. The journey to the eighth spot is really what it was all about. That ranking was to Canas as getting a promotion from manager to director is to the marketing employee. And according to Beau, that is exactly what he enjoys about his podcast. He is learning what you do get, from life.
You swear every year this IS the year you WILL stick to your resolution. In the gym by 6am, sugary foods are a thing of the past and you are going to improve your hydration by trading your favorite vintage for an electrolyte replacement drink. You have taken the oath in front of golden retriever so you have witnesses. You mean business! So why with all this great intended effort do 92 percent of all new year’s resolutions fail? Unless you have a personalized licensed plate that reads “8prcntr,” it’s likely your favorite furry friend will be reminding you just eight weeks into 2018 you aren’t living up to your end of the deal!
So what is behind this astonishing attrition rate? After all, your mother always told you to keep your word. You are on time to work everyday, you never miss your friends’ birthdays, and there isn’t a dinner reservation that has ever slipped your mind. You are the Brett Favre of reliability to show on game day. Well we have a few theories on why the luster of these whole-hearted intentions loses its shine.
The Focus On Negativity
If you think about it, many of the resolutions we make are formed in a negative connotation.
- “I have to lose weight”
- “I don’t want to be stressed”
- “I have to stop spending so much money”
The negativity in turn becomes stressful in and of itself because you are focusing on things you “can’t” or “don’t want” to do. Remember when your parents told you “you can’t be out past 10pm.” Didn’t it make you a little upset and tempted you to force the envelope a little? So instead rephrase your goals to sound something like this:
- “I would like to get in better shape”
- “Being stress-free is what I’m shooting for”
- “It’s easy to save money”
Resolutions Are Too Strict
Making resolutions that are too strict is a sure way to set oneself up for failure. Being in the gym at 6am may not be realistic every day. Instead set yourself up for success by taking your situation into consideration. If you aim to get into better shape, give yourself the freedom to get your exercise in when its reasonable. Also, don’t force yourself onto a fitness timeline. Studies show that people who lose weight over time as compared to those who crash diet and crash exercise, keep the weight off longer. There’s something to be said about slow and steady winning the race.
The “Why” Behind The Commitment
If you can find the reason why you are making a resolution, chances are you will devote yourself to the goal longer. Having some “skin in the game” or a sense of true personal commitment definitely motivates one to stick to something longer. For instance if your goal is to get into better shape find out your reasoning why you want to become more fit. Is it to look better, do you want to feel better, or do you want to live a healthier lifestyle? If you can be honest with yourself regarding your motivating factors, chances are you can make a deeper commitment. After spending some time talking it over with yourself you might realize your desire to “look better” is fine, but your desire to be good to yourself and live a healthier lifestyle is even stronger. That commitment to oneself is what will motivate you to the finish line!
We hope 2018 is a great year for you whether your resolutions are carried through to December 31st or not. If you’re an “8prcntr” congratulations! And if not, remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and the Italians sure know how to live the good life: A little wine, great food, good friends and plenty of R & R!
You’ve read so many articles on how to “manage stress” during the holidays you can’t bring yourself to gaze over one more. It is very similar to how you feel when it comes time for pumpkin pie after the massive plate of turkey, potatoes and green beans you devoured-you are simply stuffed! But you manage to make room for just one more article because maybe this time you will actually come across something that helps. This is our version of how to beat holiday stress. And when we say beat stress we are not talking about the kind of “if I am nice to it, it will go away” approach. We are talking about an all-encompassing approach that provides insight into stress triggers and provides proven coping methods, nutrition pointers, tips on staying hydrated with an electrolyte replacement drink, and much more.
Stress triggers do vary from person to person, but during the holidays there are triggers that tend to affect the majority of us. The most dreaded events include:
- Waiting in line
- Fear of going into holiday debt
- Meeting holiday obligations
- Having to attend parties/gatherings you don’t really want to go to
- Trying to “do it all”
Other items that seem to be on the “not so fun list” for some of us include:
- Holiday weight gain
- Having to spend time with “certain relatives”
- And just simply “having to be in a good mood” when you’re tired and stressed
So after you finish squeezing your SUV into a “compact” space of the over crowded mall parking lot, take a deep breath because there are solutions to all off the above stressors. Experts have found that a few small changes can greatly change how we respond to the things that frustrate us most during the holidays. Here are some of our favorite stress-busting reducers.
Give Up On Perfection
That’s right it’s time to hang up your angel wings. Chances are they need a little refresher! All that rushing around and worrying about pleasing everyone can put a crink in even the most perfect pair of flyers. There might be a few people who will be disappointed you didn’t bring your famous layer cake to the office party. But believe me, your body would prefer you spend the time doing something relaxing instead of trying to score an A plus in everyone’s book!
Change Your Outlook
Once you realize people are still going to like you even if you aren’t perfect, changing your outlook on situations is easier. Suddenly RSVPing “Won’t Attend” to a holiday function doesn’t riddle you with guilt like it might have before. Also, it is easier to maintain a positive outlook when the world isn’t resting on your shoulders.
Focus On What You Can Control
Experts know our anxiety decreases when we feel we have some control or say in a situation. You may not be able to control how your in-laws get along at the holiday dinner, but you can control your response to the situation. For example, if the typical arguing ensues over who cooks a better roast, instead of feeling your head start to pound and hoping that everyone would just “get along,” take a deep breathe and know this situation is between only those engaged in the arguing. You can’t control their reactions but you can control yours.
Don’t Worry About What Things “Should Be”
If you find yourself spending a lot of time hoping your co-worker doesn’t bring their annoying spouse to the holiday party, you may want to re-think your mental “energy spend.” The holidays are a period where we come into contact with many people we normally wouldn’t chose to spend time with. Worrying about how things “should be” only adds to the stress many people experience from November through January. Instead, shift your effort from focusing on the negative (Why do I have to spend my evening with Cynthia’s annoying husband) to ways you can make a positive impact. Spend some time volunteering at the local animal shelter or donate food to a nearby food bank. Just shifting your “energy spend” can help those who really deserve the attention this time of year.
Support Yourself Nutritionally And Physically
Yes between gift shopping, additional grocery runs and your daily work obligations, the holidays can stretch you physically. However, skipping your spin class so you can finish sending out the party invites isn’t going to help you in the long run. We all know exercise is a proven stress reducer. So why skimp on this powerful tension buster? Usually it’s because people run out of time during the holidays and consider working out a “luxury spend.” Well time to stop that thought process in its tracks. Your priority during the holiday should be to ENJOY the season. Make of list of what helps you enjoy the holiday? I bet “being in a bad mood because I didn’t get my endorphin high” is not on that list. So this holiday make sure you get to the gym or lace up your tennies for a brisk walk. And don’t forget to stay hydrated. The colder dryer weather means you need an electrolyte replacement drink to keep your cells fighting the good fight.
I hope you found some nuggets in this article and you enjoy a simpler, more relaxed holiday season. Oh, and if you think about reaching for those angel wings, I think they are happy hanging right where they are!
- Milena Glusac is the VP Of Marketing for Vitalyte Sports Nutrition. A former world-class distance runner and freelance sports broadcaster, Ms. Glusac learned a long time ago you can’t be perfect and trying to do so is exhausting.
Just because the calendar month says October and the temps are starting to drop doesn’t mean we can let up on the oh so important 8 glasses a day! You’re probably scrambling to find a Halloween costume that serves dual purposes, warmth and the spook-factor. So while you’re out shopping you may want to pick up some electrolyte replacement drinks. We all know that when it is hot outside our chances of becoming dehydrated significantly increase. However, there are many other causes of dehydration other than just warm climate temperatures. Here are some to be aware of:
The dried air pulls moisture from your lungs as you breathe, similar to desert temperatures. The relative humidity of air conditioned air is lower, making it dryer. As much as it feels good to crank up the AC in the office, make sure you’re doing something to combat the effect of the indoor tundra your co-workers hate you for.
Low air pressure in airplanes combined with air conditioning during flight is a serious combination for dehydration. So if you order that rum and coke on a long flight make sure you have your water bottle close at hand.
Antihistamines, Decongestants and Prescription Medications:
We know that the fall can stir up airborne allergies. Plus those nasty colds that come with the changing temperatures may send you searching the aisles of the drugstore for some cough medicine. Antihistamines and decongestants tend to dehydrate the cells and can make us feel drowsy. If allergies and or a bug are keeping you up at night, you’d be wise to listen to your mom and have that extra bowl of chicken soup. The broth liquid will do you good! Oh and remember prescribed medications can also be dehydrating because many act as diuretics or have dehydration as a side effect.
You are really looking forward to your snowboard trip. You’ve trained hard in the gym and you’re a lean mean fighting machine. You’re determined this time you will conquer that bunny slope! You might go a little easier on yourself once you hear this. When you’re at altitude your heart rate automatically increases and your breathing increases in order to cope with the decreased oxygen levels. No matter how hard you train at sea level, once you get up to altitude your body will need time to adjust. So while you’re working a little harder than expected to ride your toe side edge, don’t worry. But do make sure after you grab an isotonic sports drink when you’re in the lodge.
Sometimes showing up in the form of “Joe,” “Matcha,” “English Breakfast,” “Pop,” or the almighty “Macchiato,” caffeine provides us with one of those love/hate relationships. That beloved kickstart in the morning is my favorite part of the day. Oh but the slight headache after the second or third cup while at my office is not so nice. Yes we all know that caffeine is a diuretic and causes us to lose fluids. So if you like to indulge then do your kidneys a favor and increase your water intake. Ideally 8 ounces for every 4 ounces of caffeinated beverage you consume.
I hate to tell you but your favorite concoction does have a dehydrating effect on the body. So if you’re looking to improve the look of your skin, stave off mental dullness and have better overall energy, you might want to consider drinking 8 ounces of hydrating liquid for every alcohol drink you consume. And no the cranberry juice you add to your vodka does not count as a hydrating liquid. Think water, think broths, and of course we want you to think Vitalyte. But seriously, get hydrated after a hard night out. Alcohol pulls water from the tissues and directly affects the stomach, liver and brain. And we want you to keep that grey matter functioning on all twelve cylinders!
When you eliminate carbs from your diet you tend to lose weight. Well here’s what really happens. Carbs and fluids are stored in your cell. So when you take out the carbs you tend to lose water as well. Plus often times on low-carb diets people decrease their intake of fruit, which offers a good source of liquid. We’re sorry to break it to you but if you are following a low-carb diet you will want to surely increase your liquid intake. While a few pounds might go back on the scale, it’s just water and that is a good thing!
It’s great for lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, and combating your risk of diseases such as diabetes. But before you hit the trail, court or studio, make sure you bone up on H20. Not only does the sweat you’re about to have account for water loss, but so does the engine rev you’re about to give your body. The increased demand on your muscles, heart, lungs and cells all call for fluid, fluid, fluid. Oh and don’t be so quick to grab a green juice or freshly squeezed fruit juice to help you cool down post-workout. The high potassium and high sugar content doesn’t create the isotonic environment your cells need in order for fluid to be rapidly absorbed. We suggest spring water, distilled water with electrolytes added, or ideally Vitalyte.
Well there you have it. I hope you’re motivated to keep hydrated. If you’d like to know more about our formulas please visit www.Vitalyte.com. And do have a safe and fun Halloween!
Whether you are a seasoned professional, rising star or just learning the game, golf is a sport that leaves its enthusiasts hooked and even its masters intrigued at times. Of all the sports I have played in my life, nothing offers reprieve from a long work day like golf. It is also my ideal way to spend a sunny Saturday! I think the balance between artistry and athleticism, calmness and confidence is what makes the game so interesting to me. One small adjustment in your grip or a slight change to your stance can be the difference between a stellar drive or the dreaded, belted out, “fore.” And the pros make it all look so simple! So unrehearsed. So fluid. But as with any virtuoso, even the best have off days. The paint colors look drab on the canvas. The notes sound harsh. The hook carries everything into the rough. Sometimes that balance between beauty and brawn, quiet and conviction seems to swing too far in one direction. And it could be the smallest thing that throws the equilibrium into a tailspin. A bad night’s sleep, slight dehydration, too much mental chatter or that pesky cold that’s been knocking at your door can all be factors. And when you’re at the 19th, reflecting on the recent round, sometimes you just can’t pinpoint why you couldn’t keep the slice at bay. That’s the great thing about golf that makes us all come back for more. The slight allure you just can’t put your finger on. I think for me it’s the lesson in knowing sometimes it’s ok to not understand why things didn’t go the way you wanted them to. I know I simply enjoy playing and will continue to do so.
Milena Glusac is a 3 time US National Champion in running. She also played tennis at the University of Oregon, where she graduated with her Master’s Degree. She is the VP of Marketing for Vitalyte Sports Nutrition, has written columns and blogs for on-line sporting publications, and provides color commentary for track and field on television. And when she’s not working, you will find her staying hydrated with Vitalyte’s isotonic electrolyte formula so she can play a good front nine!
They say there are stages in our life we will go through. You must remember them well. The frozen yogurt “addiction” that made you stop every day on your way home from work. You had memorized every topping the shop offered. That period of time you used so much gel and hairspray in your locks your mother forbade you to enter into any drugstore within a fifty mile radius. And you surely can’t forget the grunge phase. All you owned were torn t-shirts and you almost dropped out of college to move to Seattle. Well we like to think we have a more balanced “phase” to throw your way. Triphase pre workout drink was designed with three stages in mind: Muscle prep, sustained energy during workout, and amino acids to begin the recovery process. While these steps are a far cry from a medium berry vanilla swirl with chocolate chips on top, we are pretty confident you will be happy if you make this phase part of your routine! Vitalyte is packed with essential electrolytes to assist with hydration and made in two flavors, Mandarin Orange and Watermelon, these additive-free formulas may not make you want to buy a ticket to the Great Northwest, but they will help you get your workout kickstarted. And that my friend, is a phase you can actually be proud to admit to!
As the summer winds down and thoughts of warm days on the beach shift to packing school lunches, Vitalyte wants to remind you that our electrolyte replacement beverage is the perfect substitute for juice or high-sugared sports drinks. You have probably noticed there aren’t many kids electrolyte drinks on the market that taste great and are low in sugar and sodium. Vitalyte is proud to offer parents a formula you can be confident giving your child. Free from anything artificial and made with non-GMO ingredients, our formula is great during soccer half-times, while doing math homework or anytime your child needs to increase their hydration. So while you are placing that red delicious into the lunch sack, don’t forget to add some Vitalyte to the mix. While we can’t guarantee straight A’s on the next report card, we can assure your kids will love our healthy formula!
As fall approaches many of us make a commitment to shake off the lazy days of summer by spending more time in the gym, on the court, or running the trail. While we always support a re-dedication to fitness, don’t forget that recovery is often the “forgotten” component of a truly effective workout. See if your typical post workout routine includes kicking off your sneakers, grabbing your favorite adult beverage and falling asleep to some early season football, you’re probably not reaping all the workout rewards you could. It’s important within thirty minutes of completing cardio or strength training to intake both carbohydrates and protein. The carbohydrates will help replenish your glycogen stores and the protein will get to work fast repairing muscle. That’s why we created Complete Recovery. Packed with amino acids, the building blocks of protein, and a long-chain carbohydrate source to refuel effectively, this recovery sports drink will have you back at your best in no time. So next time you walk in the door and head for the refrigerator, mix up Complete Recovery before nap time sets in.