Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Showing posts tagged with “cardio.”

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

Most realize the importance of adding weight/resistance training to a well-balanced workout program.  If you’re not quite convinced, perhaps this simple fact will inspire you to pump some iron.

When you workout with weights or perform exercises using your own body weight as resistance (such as push-ups) your muscles respond by becoming denser, tighter, and smaller.  You may be adding lean muscle tissue that shows up as a few extra pounds on the scale, but your clothes will fit better…

Calming Technique

13th September 2013

The simplest, anytime, anywhere calming technique.
Prepared by Sharon Rekieta, PhD

Calming our body physiologically also calms our mind. 

This “Breath of 4 Series” is one proven method that calms the mind and body which subsequently relieves stress and anxiety.

1. Breathe in deeply through your nose to a slow count of four.

2. Hold your breath for a slow count of four.

3. Exhale completely to a slow count of four.

4. Think “relax” for a slow count of four while you breathe…