Review: 40oz. Takeya Stainless Steel Water Bottle

If you're like most people, you're probably severely dehydrated. Not like someone hiking in the middle of the desert. Rather someone who is living a fast paced lifestyle without much thought as to their total water consumption. This was me, before I got a new reusable water bottle that holds 40oz of water.

This means that I can drink upwards of 120oz of water per day without much work or thought. And in my personal experience, it's all because of my brand new Takeya Stainless Steel Water Bottle! For starters, the vacuum insulated design keeps your water cold for an extended period of time. Second, because you can't see through the water bottle (like my Nalgene bottle), you don't put much thought into how much you've been drinking. So drink up! I also like that the water tastes better (in my opinion) in a stainless steel bottle, compared to a plastic one.

Did I mention the perfectly designed lid/drinking spout? I've tried a lot of reusable water bottles and this is by far the best. Last and not least is the rugged appearance of the Asphalt color. It looks great whether you're walking down town or putting in some time at the gym.

But why do you need to drink more water? I'm no doctor, but the effects can be great. Besides feeling 10x better, you're allowing your body to function better. We're talking about better digestion, healthier skin, improved kidney function and a boosted immune system. Since drinking more water, I've noticed clearer skin, improved workout performance and a slimmer appearance. Keep in mind I probably doubled my water intake from 40-60oz to 120oz using the Takeya Stainless Steel Water Bottle.

If you're interested in reading more about the benefits of drinking more water, check out these great articles:
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Top 10 Surfing Questions People Ask

One of the greatest things about technology is the surge of data and information available to us today. It makes advertising more targeted and our lives more informative. But when it comes to surfing, there are plenty of commonly asked questions. In this post I'll take some time to answer the most frequently "searched" questions related to surfing, health and fitness!

Top 10 Surfing Questions

1. Are surfing lessons worth it?

I've always been a fan of surf lessons due to their great value in speeding up the learning curve for those learning to surf. I'd suggest taking 3, 1-2 hour surf lessons and then learning the rest of your own. This will allow you to become comfortable in the ocean, get a hang of basic maneuvers and know which surfboard you'll want to buy. I'd also read as many surf blogs as possible to learn about the newest surfboards, accessories and advice to get you on the way to success. So for those of you wondering if you should take surfboard lessons, I'm definitely a fan as it's totally worth it. Need surf lessons? Send me an email and I'd love to point you in the right direction.

2. Are surfing waves dangerous?

Your mom won't like hearing this but surfing waves in the ocean can be extremely dangerous. Okay, don't worry. It's all about where you go surfing, who you go with and how big the waves are. For example, surfing The Wedge in Newport Beach isn't the best idea. But learning to surf at Doheny or San Onofre is relatively inviting on most days. The most common surf injuries include neck injuries, head trauma and collision based injuries. But with a little bit of safety and precaution, you can go surfing without much worry.

3. Can surfing change your life?

Absolutely! When I surf a lot I'm a happier and more relaxed person. There's something very calming about floating in the waves and riding a wave that's traveled 1,000's of miles. Surfing provides plenty of health and psychological benefits. Spend some time in the sun, soak up the vitamin D, catch a few good waves and enjoy the rest of your day. You'll thank me later. 

4. Do new surf fins make a difference?

For year's I'd surf using the cheap composite fins that usually come with a new surfboard. When I finally upgraded to a set of 3D Fins, my life (and surfing) was changed forever. I was faster off the start, could turn on a dime and got more drive off the bottom of my turns. Plus my new surf fins always look great on my surfboards. Right now I have a pair of upgraded surf fins in dark blue on my brand new white surfboard. It looks great. Save your money, upgrade your surf fins and enjoy the huge difference. 

5. Does surfing build muscle?

Do you know why girls like to date surfers? Because we're tan, lean and muscular. So yes, surfing does build muscle. In fact, surfing is a great whole body workout to build lean muscle mass and increase your cardiovascular capacity. For starters, paddling is great for your arms and back muscles. And riding a wave engages your core, legs and upper body. Not to mention the agility, speed, coordination and agility that comes along. Spending some time doing multi hour surf sessions and you'll be on your way to building new muscle. Just make sure you're eating clean and getting enough protein too. Looking to add an additional training regiment to your life? Train Like Sally - The All Australian Beach Body program just launched...stay tuned for a full feature

6. What are the must have surfing accessories?

When it comes to surfing accessories, gadgets and tools; there are plenty that you can spend your money on. I'm particularly a fan of a good wetsuit changing mat, protective surfboard board bag, new surfing leash and a quality pair of polarized sunglasses. Surf accessories make a big impact on your life and there's plenty of great items for Christmas!

7. What colleges have surfing?

If you're looking to go to school at a college that has surfing, you'll have plenty of choices. And while I could give you a long list, I figure I'll focus on my own personal experience. The most popular being UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) which is built on the cliff's overlooking a handful of surf spots. Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego is another great option with exceptional surfing just a shore hike down the cliffs. And you should see the panoramic ocean views from the dorm rooms! Last but not least is UC San Diego which is just a short trek to Black's Beach; one of San Diego's most iconic deep water surf spots. Notice a trend? Head to the west coast for college and you'll probably score some waves! Some other notable surf colleges include Wesmont College, Vanguard University and LCAD.

8. Is surfing like skateboarding?

While surfing and skateboarding are not identical, they are very similar in nature. And a great way to cross train when the waves go flat. You can work on your turns, carving, balance and aerial maneuvers; all of which can be incorporated into your surfing. You might even want to check out a Hamboard or Carver Skateboard for a more authentic surfing feel when skateboarding. 

9. What surfing teaches you about life?

Since I've been surfing for quite a large portion of my life, it's easy for me to pickup on what surfing has taught me about life. First, patience often yields a great result and that life's timing can't always be predicted. Second, sometimes you get yourself into a dangerous or scary situation without many options. This is when you've got to fight for yourself, keep a positive mindset and make sure you've got people in your corner who make sure you make it through. The last thing surfing teaches you about life is that it doesn't take a lot of money to have fun. Get outside, get some exercise and have fun!

10. Which wetsuit is best for surfing?

This is probably the hardest question to ask and one of the most commonly asked surfing related things people ask me. I've owned plenty of wetsuits over the years and have settled on a 4/3 chest zip wetsuit which keeps me warm all winter long here in Southern California. For those who enjoy early morning surf sessions, you might consider booties or a removable hood for those chilly days. It's been in the low 40's this weekend, so these additional accessories would keep you comfortable. For spring/summer surf sessions you might consider a 3/2 short sleeve wetsuit or spring suit with long sleeves for windy afternoon surf sessions. Most importantly, the wetsuit that is best for surfing is the one that fits you and is comfortable. 

Top 10 Surfing Questions

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