Essential Summer Gear Pick

Hydro Flask 64 oz. Growler with 16 oz. True Pint Review

My go-to gear this summer has to be Hydro Flask’s 64 oz. Growler and their 16 oz. True Pint cups. 

From BYOB backyard BBQ parties to campfire toasts after a long canoe trek, you’ll be able to enjoy a cold beverage with this perfect Hydro Flask duo. They both feature Hydro Flask’s trademarked TempShield insulation which eliminates condensation and keeps your drink cold!

If you’re wondering why they call it a ‘growler’ – it refers to a jug used to transport beer which is why it only made sense for its first beverage test to be with beer!

While I’m not a huge beer drinker, I visited the friendly people over at the Steam Whistle Brewery not only because it’s one of my favourite breweries in Toronto, but also because they refill growlers even if it’s not their own!

Within minutes, the awesome Steam Whistle staff member Rylan refilled the bottle! 

Since the Hydro Flask Growler uses a screw-on cap, I put the growler into my back pack without hesitation, and was on my way, back out into the sweltering heat.

Later that day, I was able to enjoy Steam Whistle’s unfiltered brew, fresh from the tap! Although it wasn’t ice cold (to be fair, I lugged it around direct sunlight in 35+ degree heat), it maintained Steam Whistle’s distinct crisp taste.

What I LOVE about Hydro Flask’s 64 oz. Growler:
  • Lightweight given its slightly intimidating size
  • The black handle helps for carrying it and impressing friends with a one-handed pour (again, given its intimidating size)
And because of its great carrying capacity and ability to keep liquids cold OR hot, it can also be used for:
  • Sangria (yup, even with an abundance of fruits in it!)
  • Coffee (probably the coolest on-the-go coffee carafe ever!)
  • Hot chocolate (I can’t wait to try this out when winter camping!)

What I LOVE about Hydro Flask’s 16 oz. True Pint cups:
  • Keeps beverages cold without ice! No more watered down drinks!
  • Strikingly stylish with a great selection of colours (powder coated on so it’s longer lasting)
  • Fits nicely in a not-big-enough-for-some-beer-stein hands ;-)

Best of all, getting a growler refilled (and using a reusable cup like the True Pint) means being able to enjoy beer or any beverage in an environmentally friendly way. Eliminating the use of one-time use products (e.g. those red plastic cups, ugh) is a win worth raising a glass, or in this case, a True Pint to.

Enjoy responsibly! 



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Best Core Workouts

A strong core helps you move and perform better in all aspects of life, from carrying groceries to going on a multi-day hike. Here are the best workouts to help keep your core strong

Your core is the foundation for all physical movement and stabilization in your body, helping you move and perform better in all aspects of life—from carrying groceries, doing chores and playing with your kids to running, swimming and hiking—so it’s important to keep it strong. Your core, which is made up of all the muscles in your torso such as your obliques, abdominals, erector spinae and glutes, only moves in four variations or combinations of the following basic movement patterns: flexion (curling your torso in), extension (bending your torso back), rotation (twisting your torso) and lateral flexion (contracting the side of your torso). Here are some of the best core workouts you can do that incorporate each of these planes of movements to help keep you moving and performing at your best.  Jackknife (single plane, trunk flexion) – Lie on your back on a yoga mat with your arms and legs extended. Engage your core by pulling your belly button in to your spine and raising your legs up off the mat while bringing your arms over head and reaching out in front towards your toes. Hold for a count of three before lowering back down to the mat before repeating the move 8 to 12 times. Bird Dog (single plane, trunk extension) – Get on all fours on your mat with your hands directly under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Keeping your head down and aligned with your spine, reach your right arm up out in front of you while simultaneously extending your left leg back behind you, using your core to stabilize your body and ensuring your hips and shoulders are parallel to the floor. Hold for three seconds before lowering your limbs back down and extending your arm and leg on the opposite side, alternating for 8 to 12 reps. Russian Twist (single plane, trunk rotation) – Grab a light dumbbell or medicine ball and sit on your mat with your legs out in front of you, knees bent and your feet placed on the mat. Engage your core and lean back slightly, either keeping your feet on the mat or raising them off the mat slightly for a more challenging exercise. Hold the dumbbell out in front of you, and twist slowly from side to side, alternating for 8 to 12 reps. Side Plank (static/isometric, trunk lateral flexion) – Lying on one side on your mat, engage your core as you place one elbow or hand directly under your shoulder while stacking your feet so you’re propped up on your side, keeping your spine in a straight line from your head to your feet. Hold this position for 30 to 60 seconds before switching sides.