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6 Nov 2017

Five Fruits that Make a Delicious Sweet Treat!

We all have those late night cravings for a sweet treat; but sticking to a small, sensible portion can be hard. These fruits make it easier to satisfy that sweet tooth without overindulging. 1) Grapes Grapes have been proven to contain powerful antioxidants that are thought to slow and prevent many types of cancer. Aside from their health benefits, grapes come in large bunches and are easy to grab before heading out for the day! 2) Frozen Bananas Bananas contain many essential vitamins and minerals that support overall health. Slicing them up and popping them into the freezer give them a creamier texture. They also last for up to two months in the freezer making them a good alternative to...
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3 Nov 2017

Sleep and Exercise. Can the Two Be Related?

Do you want to wake up and feel rested and refreshed? Ditch your sleeping pills! Exercise is a safer method for gaining good rest. Exercise, Sleep, Diet and Stress Management are the four pillars of good health and wellness. It is important to make sure you are balancing these pillars for a healthy, productive life. A balanced lifestyle includes a vitamin-rich diet, functional stress relief, a deep sleep, and a mild exercise routine. Physical activity can help improve sleep quality. As little as ten minutes of walking can improve your quality of sleep! There a few tips to keep in mind when trying to decide on whether to hit the sack or go work up a sweat. 7 to 8...
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1 Nov 2017

2017 Kansas City Table Tennis Fall Open

Please join us at The Athletic Club of Overland Park for the 2017 Table Tennis Fall Open hosted by Kansas City Table Tennis!  This USATT sanctioned 2-star tournament will be held on November 3rd through November 5th which will consist of 13 different event groups.  Player’s ratings will be pulled from USATT website on October 11th, if they have one, and this will be used to rate the players for the tournament. All unrated players will be seeded by the tournament committee otherwise. Matches will be the best 3 out of 5 games and played to 11 points. The semi-finals/finals of the Open will be best 4 of 7 games to 11 points. There will be $2850 in prize money! Registration...
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27 Oct 2017

5 Indoor Alternatives For Wintertime Workouts

With winter around the corner it is easy to push off exercising. Below are 5 alternatives that will keep you out of cold while getting an effective workout. Workout Videos Not having access to a gym or simply not wanting to leave your home should not stop you from getting a quality workout. Today there are many free workout videos available free online. Fitnessblender.com is a website that is dedicated to providing free fitness videos, from cardio to strength training, that require little to no special equipment. They are perfect for a home environment. Yoga Yoga is a great stress reliever for the mind and body. It can be easily implemented into your daily routine. Yoga routines of all levels...
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20 Oct 2017

Cut it out: Slowly Eliminating your Sugar Intake!

Starting to keep tabs on your health begins with conscious eating choices and habits. Forming those habits can be difficult and overwhelming at first. Intake of sugar triggers your brain to release pleasure-stimulating hormones which in turn makes you feel happy and energized. A tolerance will build leading to your body craving more and more sugar to generate the feelings of elation. By slowing cutting out food types, your body can adjust to the change in diet. Cutting your intake down can be easy with these tips: Phase 1: Learn your sugars! Sugar comes in many names and countless forms – learn to recognize their “alter-egos” on food labels. A few examples of sugar: High fructose corn syrup Glucose Sucrose...
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13 Oct 2017

Friday Favorites

TGIF! We’ve powered through the week and it’s time to bring on the weekend! Set the vibe right with some of our #FridayFaves. #FoodFriday: Pack up the protein with our Friday Burger Basket special at The Courtside Fresh Grill & Bar! Choice of beef, turkey or a veggie black bean burger and a side. View our entire menu here. I like to add some spicy corn to top it off! #FeatureSportFriday: Kansas Citians are blessed to be on the border of Missouri and Kansas for a variety of activities and culture. Missouri’s abundant lakes and creeks make the state a hot-spot for on-the-water sports. My personal favorite is kayaking! Tediously paddling makes a fun upper body workout and burns calories...
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10 Oct 2017

Courtside Fresh Grill & Bar Recipe: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Bowl

Ingredients 1 cup cooked quinoa 1/4 cup chopped cucumber 1/4 cup chopped olives 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese 1/4 cup tomatoes, diced 2 tbps red onion 2 tsps chopped parsley 2 tbps hummus 1/2 tbp olive oil + salt + black pepper Lime wedges to serve Instructions Cook the quinoa according to the package directions and as desired Per Bowl Split the ingredients in half and add to each bowl as desired. Spoon hummus on top (mix if desired). Drizzle olive oil and grind salt and black pepper over each bowl. Serve with a lime wedge to squeeze.
29 Sep 2017

53rd Annual Heart of America Handball Tournament

Welcoming another spectacular year of the Annual Heart of America Handball Tournament at The Athletic Club of Overland Park. Please join us on October 6 – 8th for the 53rd Annual H.O.A. Tournament! Start times can be checked online. First round matches will be available after 1:00 PM on Thursday, October 5th. Play starts at 4:00 PM on Friday, October 6th. Entry fees college age & juniors are $25 per player for the first event and $5 per player for the second event. For entry deadlines, pricing information, start time and online registration – please visit the official handball tournament site here. Lunch and dinner will be served on Saturday. All participants will receive a free tournament shirt! The entry...
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26 Sep 2017

Basic Essential Oils and Our Top 5

Basic Essential Oils and Our Top 5 Let’s talk essential oils – it’s trending and popular with people from all walks of life. The concentrated oils are derived from parts of plants such as flowers or seeds. The process of distillation produces the highly potent distinctive fragrances and attributes into oils. Applications of essential oils are widely ranged from therapeutic to keeping a clean home. The most common way to use oils therapeutically is aromatherapy – achieving healing effects through the smells of essential oils. Don’t know where to start? Two common oils for therapeutic purposes:   Lavender –  assists in alleviating stress and anxiety, improves sleep, eases pain and is packed with antioxidants Peppermint – reduces digestive inflammation, relieves...
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14 Sep 2017

Discover easy ways to DE-stress and refresh your mind and body

Constant stress can have a real physical effect on your bodies and the health of our heart. Stress affects our mood, sleep and appetite.  When the human body undergoes high stress levels, hormones flood your system and produce a “fight or flight response”.   Stress can lead to adopting unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and eating fatty foods. Diminishing energy levels to exercise and stay active.  Doctors are still pinpointing  how chronic stress affects the heart – most likely causes inflammation.   Break the connection! Try eating foods that contain calming nutrients. Stressful events cause us to crave sugary, junk foods.  Eat fruit! Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries have shown to be helpful in combating stress. Avocados...
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