Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Weights for Heart Health

22nd February 2013

Most people realize that activities that get your heart pumping such as walking, running, biking, swimming, etc., are good for heart health. However, according to recent research, pumping iron also benefits the heart and offers protection from cardiovascular disease.

During cardio exercise, our efforts call upon the heart to fill with blood and pump it out to the working muscles. As a result, our hearts become stronger and more efficient.

During weight/resistance training, the heart…

Robin has been a food writer and nutritionist since 1990 and she is the author of Robin Takes 5 and the bestselling cookbook Quick Fix Meals.  Her popular show, Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller aired on Food Network for 5 years and she has a weekly blog, Robin’s Healthy Take on www.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats

She has written nine books: Robin Takes 5 (Andrews McMeel, 2011), Robin Rescues Dinner (Potter, 2009), Robin to the Rescue (Taunton, 2008), Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller…

Heart Healthy Hints

15th February 2013

If you’re buying chocolate for your loved ones, choose dark! 
Dark chocolate that is at least 65% cocoa contains enough flavonoids to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol while improving blood flow to the heart to reduce blood clotting that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.  Just remember that about an ounce a day is sufficient.

Learn your blood pressure numbers
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