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

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…