Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

After finally deciding to start exercising, you’re eager to embark on a fitness routine.  However, before lacing up those shoes and breaking a sweat, you have questions: How much?  How often?  What works?  What’s best? 

In response, you begin a search for reliable recommendations.  Your physician prescribes a 30-minute walk every day for good health and that seems possible.  A friend claims that vigorously working up a good sweat for at least 360 minutes each week insures…

Many people work out to lose weight and/or to improve their appearance.  And while those are certainly valid reasons and almost certain outcomes, there are other benefits.

Regular aerobic exercise:

• Strengthens your heart and the cardiovascular system
• Improves circulation and respiratory function
• Boosts energy levels so you can do more with ease
• Increases endurance
• Lowers blood pressure
• Improves muscle tone, strength, balance and flexibility
• Strengthens bones

St. Patrick’s Day at LASR

17th March 2014

We joined Sous Chef David Brister for Irish delicacies Kale and Potato Soup and Beer Braised Cabbage. Enjoy the recipes below.

KALE AND POTATO SOUP

Ingredients:
• 2 tsp olive oil
• 1 medium onion, finely chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
• 1 cup small diced carrots
• 1 pound yellow or white potatoes, peeled and small diced
• 4 cups chicken stock
• 2 cups vegetable stock
• 1/2 tsp fresh sage
• 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
• 3 cups chopped kale

Directions:

In a…