ForeCourt Racquet & Fitness - July 2017

July 2017

44 Cray Street Cumberland, RI 02864



“ Exercise is an especially volatile field,

from Florida come up and put in a state- of-the-art, six-coat acrylic court surface on all of our eight tennis courts. We shopped around before we settled on this particular surface — and took a trip to Indiana just to play on it ourselves before deciding — and we’re confident that it’s the best possible hard surface for our players. It’s coming at a good time. In the next year, we’ll be hosting our indoor tennis season, regular tennis hours, and also Division I NCAA matches. When our members travel to other courts, it’s almost a guarantee they won’t be playing on carpet, so we want to offer a consistent experience to any player coming in from another state. Exercise in general, and the game of tennis in particular, has changed a lot since 1973. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t going to miss the carpeted courts just a little bit. I grew up in this facility, and there’s a certain nostalgia factor to carpet. I also think there are some play advantages to carpet. But I’d be lying if I

As a family that’s been in business since 1973, we’re no strangers to change. If we couldn’t change, we’d no longer have jobs! Exercise is an especially volatile field, with trends that take off overnight and then die just as fast. But one thing that hasn’t changed since we opened our doors? The carpeted surface of our premier tennis courts. It was cutting edge back when my dad first put it in, and I still think there’s a lot to recommend carpet as a playing surface. But the game has moved toward hard surfaces, and we’ve had the only carpeted courts in three states for a while now. As the largest tennis facility in our state, we knew it was time to change. We want to offer our players a modern experience, similar to what they’ll have if the game takes them to other places. So we pulled the trigger. This summer, starting in early August, we’ll be shutting down our tennis courts for several weeks. The rest of the club will still be open and running, but we’re having a company

with trends that take off overnight and then die just as fast.

said there weren’t real advantages to a rough-textured, hard court surface, or that I didn’t enjoy playing on the new surface when we tested it out back in May. I did, and I think you will, too.

Happy Fourth of July,

- Dave Morin

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Put Down the Scissors and Step Away From the Newspaper We Do the Math on Coupon Clipping

If it wasn’t for coupons, you wouldn’t be able to afford everything you need, right? Well, there are two ways to look at it. Coupons can be a way to put food on the table that you otherwise couldn’t afford. But they can also trick money-conscious consumers into buying stuff they normally wouldn’t. To find out which option describes your situation, answer two questions. The first question is, “Do I need — and will I use — everything that I buy with coupons?” Coupons affect you psychologically; the same part of your brain that governs basic instincts (like hunger and pleasure) also loves a screaming good deal. That means you may spend money on things that you normally wouldn’t, because you have a coupon for them. Instead, stick to the staples — like rice, beans, oats, and salt — that you’ll use eventually and won’t go bad. If you’ve wanted something for a long time and it goes on sale, it makes sense to buy. But don’t let the coupon section dictate your desires! The second question is, “How much is my time worth, and how much time do I spend hunting down the best deals and clipping coupons?” If you’re saving $25 a week on stuff you actually need, but it takes 4 hours a week to get those savings, you’re losing We have over 50 group exercise classes a week, and if that seems like a lot, it is! But that’s what it takes to bring high-quality exercise classes to people at a wide variety of times, so that even the busiest people can get in a great workout several times a week. And what a workout it is. We have something for every taste, brought to you from premier exercise class developer Les Mills. They’ve been in the game since the early ‘90s (remember the aerobics craze?), and although the music and moves have changed, Les Mills remains just as dedicated to your health as ever. Many of the Les Mills classes we offer involve music, including Body Step, Body Jam, and Sh’Bam. Others are inspired by different global exercise disciplines. Body Flow, for example, is a

money — even if you make minimum wage. That’s time you could be spending with family, picking up a half-shift at work, or finding innovative ways to make money. We won’t deny that there are great deals that are now more available than ever thanks to apps like Groupon. But remember: Coupons come from businesses trying to trick your brain into buying more stuff. Use them wisely, but don’t let them rule you.

All Together Now Group Exercise at Fore Court

yoga-based class that will leave you feeling healthy after each session. And you can find your own rhythm in RPM classes — instructor led exercise on stationary bikes while you listen to great music. And if you want to ramp things up to 11, we have classes for that as well. Body Attack is an intense cardio class that will remind you of the last time you trained for a team sport. And Body Combat is a martial arts-based workout that will help you look (and feel) as good as the pro fighters in the ring … without getting punched in the face, of course!

What’s your exercise of choice? Whether it’s a Cardio Tennis class or a yoga session, you’ll find it here at Fore Court.

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Article Headline/Title Goes Here! Summer Heat Safety

As active people, we all look forward to summer, especially living in New England where the weather can be crummy for over half the year. But as we jump into the swing of things, it’s important to recognize that this time of year brings more than long days full of fun in the sun. Summer is also peak season for heat illness, and this month, we want to talk about preventing those conditions. Heat injury starts with dehydration. You’ll need to increase your water intake during hotter months, but it goes deeper than just packing an extra water bottle during exercise. You need to be drinking 2–3 cups of water in the hour leading up to your workout and another 2 cups for every 20 minutes that you’re outside and active. In the following hour or two, you’ll want to drink at least another 3 cups. Also, keep in mind that heat injury can be exacerbated by other factors like your clothing. Light clothes that breathe easily and wick away moisture will help during hot months. You’ll also always want to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to keep your face and head protected. This will also help prevent sunburn. Fatigue, red-flushed skin, dry skin, loss of appetite, disorientation, nausea, and vomiting are all symptoms of heat illness that can easily develop into heat stroke, a potentially fatal condition. If someone exhibits these symptoms, get them into an air-conditioned place or Have a Laugh!

put them in the shade with water. Do not hesitate to call 911; heat illness is a serious condition.

Don’t let the hot weather get in the way of your enjoyment this summer. Take some precautionary steps, recognize the signs of heat illness, and go have some summer fun.

One-Pan Mexican Quinoa

This healthy, tasty, filling dish is a cinch to make on a busy weeknight. And cleanup’s a breeze!


• 1 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned, or roasted • 1 teaspoon chili powder • ½ teaspoon cumin • Salt and pepper to taste • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and diced • Juice of 1 lime • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 jalapeno, minced • 1 cup quinoa • 1 cup vegetable broth • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes 1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and jalapeno and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. 2. Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth,

with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in avocado, lime juice, and cilantro.

3. Serve immediately.

beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder, and cumin; season

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The Big Reveal We Do the Math on Coupon Clipping All Together Now Summer Heat Safety One-Pan Mexican Quinoa Memes The Neuroscience Behind Meditation





Sit Down and Shut Up The Neuroscience Behind Meditation

practitioners are specifically working on their ability to deliberately cause their thoughts to cease their aimless darting, developing focus and impulse resistance. Research indicates that this “stillness of mind” can result in better attention, reduced susceptibility to addiction, and even “reduce the cognitive decline associated with normal aging,” according to one study published in the Neurobiology of Aging journal. “What you attend to drives your behavior and it determines your happiness,” writes London School of Economics scholar Paul Dolan. It just makes sense that learning to actively direct your attention should improve your quality of life — and the science backs it up. If you’re intrigued, check out apps like or buddhify, or read “A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation” by Rod Meade Sperry — an excellent primer covering many approaches and philosophies.

eight-week period. The individuals in the meditation group were able to sustain their focus longer and reported feeling less stressed than both of the other groups. So what’s actually happening here? Well, to put it simply, the meditators were actively changing the way their minds form connections. Our brains are constantly being molded and reshaped by our surroundings, often by things we are completely unaware of. Each time we impulsively follow a habit pattern, that reaction is etched into our brains more deeply. But when a person sits down to meditate, they begin to consciously reject these knee-jerk impulses. As Newsweek writer Zoe Schlanger puts it, “Learning how to interrupt one’s reaction pattern — and then doing that over and over — can reshape behavior.”` It’s just like any other thing we practice over and over. As we repeat the process, we get better at it. It’s just that with meditation,

New Age mystics have been busy promising everything to the self- help hungry masses, popularizing

pseudoscientific approaches that fall in and out of vogue faster than fashion trends. But one practice has moved back into the public spotlight in recent years that bears scientific examination, a method that’s been practiced across the world for over 2,000 years: meditation. Though it’s often lumped in with the other New-Agey self-help ideas, neurological evidence indicates that meditation deserves a closer look. Take one trial reported on by Newsweek and conducted by a computer scientist and neuroscientist at the University of Arizona, for instance. In the trial, 45 participants were split into three groups. One group took eight weeks of body relaxation training, one group had no training whatsoever, and one group took “mindfulness-based meditation training.” Then they were tested with stressful multitasking before and after the

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