ForeCourt Winter 2018

Winter 2018

44 Cray Street, Cumberland, RI 02864


Love Is in the Air

on TV, and boom! — we’re having that for dinner. We seldom have sandwiches because she’s usually testing out a new and delicious recipe. This month, we’re leaving the cold weather behind for a trip to Mexico. We’ve been looking forward to it for a while now, and so have our friends and travel partners. When the trip was still a couple months away, they sent us weekly reminders leading up to it — “50 days left until Mexico!” and “35 days until we fly away!” It was a fun way to anticipate the vacation. Linda and I aren’t the only ones who have found romance at Fore Court. My brother Brian also met his wife, Noelle, at the club. They were introduced right here in the lobby. Another employee also met their significant other here, and now they’re married too. It’s heartwarming to know that our club has brought people together for not just for fitness and friendship, but also romance.

with books and homework, and yet, our love blossomed.

This club has brought me so many joys over the years, and none more important than introducing me to Linda, my wife of almost 35 years. She was a member of the club, and I was a young man, barely starting my career here while attending college. I have my dad’s best friend Ronnie, who was the assistant manager at the time, to thank for the serendipitous introduction.

In the second semester of my sophomore year, I asked Linda to marry me. We had a small wedding with family and friends (“small” considering we both come from big families), and now, years later, we are blessed with a family and a relationship that has matured. One of the activities Linda and I enjoy doing together most is gardening. It’s our pride and joy, and the garden is almost the size of a tennis court. We plant vegetables and other produce each May, and are usually able to harvest right through November, or whenever the first frost comes. Last year we had 60 tomato plants, and my wife’s tremendous cooking made good use of them. Cooking is Linda’s forte. When the blizzard hit in early January, she made a big pot of soup for our family. If you were at the club that day, you might have been lucky enough to try some, as she shared it with our staff and club members. I’m always amazed at her skill. She’ll see a picture in a magazine or watch a dish being made

“We were both in college, busy with books and homework, and yet, our love blossomed.”

After being introduced, Linda and I fell into a natural, easy conversation. We talked that day, and soon after, I asked her on a date. We went out a few times, and over the course of the year, that turned into a relationship. We were both in college, busy

You could say that love is in the air.

-Dave Morin

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Need a Little Spice in Your Life?

capsule form. If you have morning sickness, raw ginger might do the trick! Just ask the people of ancient China. Like many spices, ginger’s use as a supplement goes back centuries. Southeast Asian countries used it to ease their own common ailments. Call it tried and true. Peppermint You can use peppermint as an essential oil, steep the leaves for tea, or take a supplement capsule. Each form comes with its own benefits. As an essential oil, peppermint is great for treating colds. It’s a mild decongestant, and it helps with coughs and stuffed-up noses. It also soothes sore throats and headaches. Rub one or two drops under your nose, on your temples, or over your sinuses and feel the relief wash over you! Even further, a study published

Spices and herbs add much more than flavor and aroma to your favorite beverages and treats. They also offer many health benefits. When properly utilized, these spice rack staples can ease a variety of symptoms. Ready to find your new holistic health kick? Read on. Nutmeg This spice, known for its earthy, nutty flavor, has anti- inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Want to calm nagging pain? This spice has been used to treat joint pain and arthritis. It can even be used to remedy bad breath! Nutmeg is most potent when it’s freshly grated, so it’s recommended you purchase whole nutmeg seed, found in most specialty food stores. You can incorporate nutmeg into your diet by taking it as a supplement in capsule form or simply sprinkling it into your next chai tea. Your achy joints will thank you. Ginger This root is an essential, natural anti-inflammatory. It can help ease an upset stomach and finally tame your nausea. You can safely eat it raw, candied, as a supplement, in tea, or in baked goods. Ginger is most effective when it’s ingested raw or in

by The BMJ found that when administered as a capsule, peppermint helped reduce the symptoms of IBS in a majority of patients.


Boy, January and February have been busy months.

In early January, we had a brand-new steam machine installed in the men’s and women’s steam rooms, and wow does it work well!

We have had the men’s and women’s tennis teams from Division I Bryant University practicing here on a regular basis. The men’s team held the first- ever collegiate match here on Feb. 9 against Binghamton University. The men’s team prevailed 6-1 for the match. A week later, the women’s team played against Butler University from Indiana. The women’s team was victorious with a score of 5-2. It was very exciting tennis to watch. The men’s team has a match against Buffalo scheduled for March 10 that will be open to all club members to come and watch.


On March 25, Melissa Rector and the team will be introducing the 100th Release of Body Attack. This is a program that was introduced over 25 years ago, and it’s still going strong. This class is open to all members and their guests. It will be held on Sunday, March 25 at 11 a.m., on court five. We are expecting a huge crowd, so be sure to sign up early.

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How to Find a Reliable Babysitter

Narrow the Field and Find the Perfect Fit

Date night is good for the whole family, and the University of Lincoln found that, even when all other factors are removed, couples who regularly go out together are more likely to stay together. But child care is a full-time job, and it doesn’t leave much room for romantic moonlit strolls. Having a great babysitter will free up your schedule for some much-needed couple time. But how do you find a sitter you can trust? These tips and resources will help you find a sitter your whole family will feel comfortable with. Seek Out Personal Recommendations When you’re looking for a high-trust service like babysitting, it’s often best to ask friends and family for recommendations. This is especially true if you know people whose children are close in age to your own. Ask questions about the referrals you receive to make sure your potential sitter will be a good fit for your family’s needs. Turn to Trusted Local Organizations Colleges, neighborhoods, and places of worship often maintain lists of reliable sitters within the community. Asking members of these groups for testimonials will help you gauge a candidate’s professionalism. Kindergartens and day care centers are another great local resource to turn to. Often, teachers and assistants will moonlight as sitters, bringing with them a host of child care skills.

Surf the Web There are great web-based resources for finding babysitters. Make sure the sites you visit are properly accredited and have plenty of good reviews. Most national sites do a full background check on all of their listed sitters. These almost always charge a membership fee, but many parents feel that added layer of security is worth it. Conduct Interviews Ultimately, the only way you can know if a candidate is the right babysitter for you is to meet them yourself. Make sure the whole family is present; you’ll want to pay attention to how your potential sitter interacts with your kids during the interview. Ask questions specific to your family’s needs and keep the needs of the sitter in mind, as well. Finding a babysitter who can give you and your partner peace of mind is essential. Thankfully, there’s a wealth of local and web-based resources you can pull from. With a little inquiring, you’ll be able to leave home knowing your children are in great hands.


Sweet and Zesty Detox Salad


Recipe inspired by

For the Dressing: • 1 large carrot, roughly chopped • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger • 1 tablespoon honey

For the Salad: • 3 cups chopped kale leaves • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets • 2 cups chopped red cabbage • 1 cup matchstick carrots • 1 cup chopped cilantro • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds • 1/3 cup sliced green onions • 1 diced avocado

• 1 tablespoon white miso • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil • Salt and pepper, to taste


1. To make the salad, add all ingredients to a large bowl; toss to combine. 2. To make the dressing, add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper or add extra honey for a sweeter taste. 3. Drizzle dressing over salad and serve immediately.

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Exercise for 2?


Fall in Love With Fitness Through Dance

arrange for partners to cycle through, so everyone has the opportunity to practice. Of course, ballroom dance isn’t your only option for a fun workout. If relying on a partner isn’t your style, there are plenty of other dance genres you can groove to. Consider trying K-pop (Korean pop music), Zumba, hip-hop, ballet, tap, and even belly dancing, if you’re feeling adventurous. Dance is a form of exercise you can look forward to week after week. Even if you have two left feet, remember that dancing is an acquired skill. With a willingness to learn, over time, you could dance circles around Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Get your groove on today and search for dance studios in your area. Look for lessons at your local community center, or find instructional videos online and bust a move right in your living room. When it comes to dance, if you’re having fun and moving, you’re doing it right.

from the University of Brighton in England found that dance can burn 600 calories per hour, depending on the intensity of the dance, which is as much as running for an hour! In addition to toning your muscles, dancing also improves balance and coordination. Your brain is engaged as you memorize the steps and spins, a health perk you miss when you’re on the treadmill or lifting weights. Don’t have a partner willing to join you on the dance floor? No problem! Many dance classes anticipate having solo students and

When you get ready to exercise, the last thing you probably think to wear is a bow tie or evening dress. If that’s the case, then it’s time to broaden your approach to fitness and step out onto the dance floor. The wide world of dance might offer exercise that you and your partner will really enjoy! Whether you enjoy a romantic waltz, an intimate salsa, or a fun swing, dance promises a full-body workout. Your legs, glutes, back, core, and even arms are engaged when you feel the music. A study

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