Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Benefits of T’ai Chi

27th March 2015

Fitness Friday

tai chi at lake austin spa resortThere are several ideas that immediately come to mind when thinking of what can we do to feel better as we age—walk 10,000 steps several times a week, train with weights to maintain strength and muscle mass and sleep seven to eight hours a night.  Another recommendation that might not be receiving the attention it deserves: practice T’ai Chi!

Since discovering the magic of T’ai Chi more than a decade ago, I could speak about the discipline, its numerous benefits and…

Spring, A Time for Renewal

20th March 2015

Fitness Friday

Spring arrives today—a season that brings warmer temperatures, rejuvenating showers and extended daylight leading to budding trees, blooming flowers and greener lawns. 

With all of the fresh-air and nature’s beauty to enjoy, many spend time outdoors with exterior home improvement projects such as staining the deck, making over the lawn, sprucing up the flowerbeds or adding a fresh coat of paint to the front porch.

If you took on and completed a project, step back and…

Fitness Friday 

When discussing the after-effects of a strength-training workout, some claim to feel “almost nothing” and others complain that they felt “like they’d been hit by a truck.”  Not surprisingly, those in the group who felt nothing also felt that strength-training workouts were a waste of time while those feeling too much after burn thought weight training couldn’t possibly be good for you because the pain later was too intense.  Neither response is one that you…