Top 10 with SurfGirlBrit

Healthy living is all about making the right decisions. Critical to making healthy decisions is having knowledge about the foods you are eating, engaging in activity, and supporting your health with premium products that follow a rigorous ingredient policy that is gluten free, vegan, and formulated without GMOs. Having more energy and vitality, feeling more engaged in life, and being happier can start with making a few small changes in your daily habits and engaging in self education. Healthy living doesn’t have to be complicated. Hope you enjoy the following suggestions I have created for you, whether you are planning to schedule a lesson or not. Hope it helps you in some way! Aloha!

  1. Build your endurance with a healthy exercise regimen. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous, it just has to move your muscles and elevate your heart rate for a sustained period of time, so choose an exercise that fits your activity level.  I highly recommend swimming in a lap pool to prepare for a surf lesson with me on the north shore. If there is a large body of flat water nearby, you can even practice balancing on your surfboard and paddling long distance or practice swimming as long as you can. You don’t have to be really fast, just as long as you work your way up to swimming for a length of time. You can swim nice and easy and slow if you’d like to. Swimming will help strengthen your endurance and the muscle movement needed for paddling during your lesson. Many new students are astounded by how tired their upper body becomes when learning to surf for the first time. To get the best results from your first lesson surfing, you will want to be in good physical shape, especially in your arms and shoulders, which will allow you to attempt more waves during your lesson. 27213_1418065328707_5101209_n
  2. Eat a healthy, balanced, nutritious diet. Customize for yourself a daily nutrition regimen to address individual health and wellness needs or concerns. You can refer to my blog page that lists some healthy food choices. It’s got some great suggestions for anyone looking to improve their overall health and wellness. You may also check out some nutrition products that I recommend as well.
  3. Drink herbal teas in the morning and evening to eliminate any toxic buildup in the body. Before your lesson, I recommend drinking an herbal detox blend. This will prepare your organs to eliminate free radicals  and toxins. Check out this blend of herbal detox tea. Its a delicious, mild, caffeine free herbal tea with 9 botanicals that support the liver and kidneys. Otherwise, if you have your own home garden like I do, you can create your own teas with fresh mint, lemon balm, sage, dandelion, edible flowers, ect. Just boil all the leaves and flowers in a big pot and strain the liquid through a fine strainer into a pitcher or tea cup. I usually make a big batch, pour a little hot tea into a teacup, and refrigerate the rest in a large pitcher for iced tea later on.
  4. Stay hydrated. The salty ocean will rapidly dehydrate the body so make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Water is critical for optimal physiologic function and healthy living. Your muscles will be much less fatigued if you drink enough water to lubricate your muscles and organs during physical exertion. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in water per day. For example, if you weigh 120 lbs like me, then you should be drinking 60 oz of water daily. If you are in the tropics, I highly encourage drinking water from a fresh coconut. Coconut water is a very refreshing drink to beat tropical summer thirst. Its liquid is packed with simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish dehydration conditions inside the human body.1618598_754094433549_507515163_n
  5. Take time for rest and relaxation. Non-doing is just as important as getting tasks done sometimes. Its a way for the body to recharge from overexertion, whether during work or physical activity. Sleep is a time when your body repairs and restores itself; many different processes are at work during sleep that are not happening when you are awake. Not enough sleep can result in low energy and a less positive outlook when it comes to everyday life. Be sure you get the right amount of sleep to help you feel rested, energetic, and clear-headed. During waking hours try quiet time, meditation, or read a book. Quiet any unnecessary chatter in the mind and just relax and take some nice deep breaths. I usually sit in a quiet place by the ocean and just watch the water and try not to think about much. I just gaze at the water, enjoy a nice hot cup of tea, and relax. That’s my way to mediate, its simple.10801591_827142025589_3606014521039100880_n
  6. Practice your pop-ups on land. This will increase your ability to stand up on your first wave. You can refer to this video for tips on how to properly pop up on the board. 
    Stance is key to the longevity of the ride. Once you practice pop-up drills on land, you can translate that movement out in the water. Do about 30 popups a day for a consecutive week and you will be amazed at how quickly you will progress in your surfing or how easily you will be up and riding during your lesson!lessons
  7. Take care of your skin, before, during, and after your lesson. Right before hitting the beach, protect your skin with a mineral based sunscreen. I only buy sunscreen without chemical additives. Instead of chemical actives, mineral based sunscreen is formulated with zinc oxide to prevent sunburn along with botanical, antioxidants, minerals, and moisturizers in a non-oily, lightweight formula suitable for the whole family. The brand that I use is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and dermatologist tested. It contains aloe vera leaf juice and green tea leaf extract to hydrate and soothe the skin. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply after 80 minutes of surfing or sweating, immediately after towel drying, or at least every 2 hours.IMG_6058-0
  8. Get super stoked! There is no better way to have a good lesson then to show up with a positive, open minded attitude eager to enjoy a good time. Remember, your first surf lesson is not to plan for perfection. It is to have fun, enjoy the beauty of nature and support a healthy living. Perfecting surfing takes years and years of time and patience. Either way, you’re supporting a healthier lifestyle just by getting in the ocean and trying for a wave, and your efforts will eventually be rewarded with practice. SurfGirlBrit is here to help you accomplish your goals and get you on the path to a healthier living, which is why I am thrilled that you are taking the time to view my blogs and explore my suggestions.IMG_4722
  9. Track your progress. Many individuals benefit from being more engaged in their fitness goals. Changes can happen slowly or quickly and some may not even be noticed with gradual progression. Track day-to-day efforts so you can see how you are building towards your surfing goals. Many find it helpful to find a friend or coach to keep them on track. That’s what I am here for! Call my hotline and ask me anything related to surfing and I will be happy to help! 1-808-425-5392IMG_6243
  10. Write down a list of goals that you wish to accomplish during your lesson. List about 1o of them and bring your goal list to the beach with you. We can sit and talk about how to achieve all of your goals, before, during and after the lesson is pau. When you visualize your goals by writing them down, the law of attraction will kick in to manifest what is necessary to accomplish them.

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