Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

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:

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Muscle mass begins to decline in our 30s and keeps decreasing unless we lift weights or do some form of resistance training regularly.  The bad news: losing muscle tissue affects how we look, how our bodies function and how we feel.  Plus, when we lose too much muscle, we become more vulnerable to injuries and find weight loss more difficult. 

The good news: all of these negative effects can be reversed!  Resistance training strengthens our bones, develops muscle tone, boosts energy…