On April 6, Midwest City Elks Lodge No. 1890, in partnership with the City of Midwest City, will present the 3rd Annual Youth Golf Skills Challenge at the Hidden Creek Family Golf Course in Midwest City. The event will challenge boys and girls in their age groups in six areas of golf: Driving distance, putting, sand shot, fairway shot, chipping and a “trouble shot.” After the event, competitors, their families and challenge volunteers will meet at the Elks Lodge in Midwest City for a free luncheon and awards presentation. The 9 a.m. event is free to entrants and each entrant will receive golf balls, a hat, tees and a T-shirt. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more information, call 455-3077.
Great Strides event nears
In the Oklahoma City area, the Great Strides walk will be held May 4 at Route 66 Park at Lake Overholser. Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest national fundraising event. More than 250,000 walkers come together nationwide to support finding a cure for CF. For more information, visit www.cff.org/Great_Strides/
Healthy Woman, a free community program offered by Deaconess Hospital, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a special event from 5 to 8 p.m. April 11. The anniversary event will take place at the Oklahoma City Marriott, 3233 Northwest Expressway. A health fair and women's expo will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. and includes health screenings, partner exhibits and giveaways. The main event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. and includes dinner, keynote speaker and door prizes. Tickets are available for $20 each. To register, call 604-4444 or mail payment to: Deaconess Hospital — Healthy Woman, 5501 N Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
Resistance helps improve strength
Strength training is a beneficial form of exercise for everyone. And no, it's never too late, and you are never too old, to get started. It's important to know a few fundamental principles of strength training:
• Resistance: You have to apply an appropriate resistance to build muscle. The amount of resistance should be above what one is accustomed to in everyday life. Add this resistance by using weight machines, free weights, cable machines, various weighted tools or even your own body weight.
• Balance: Make sure to work the entire musculoskeletal system to avoid postural and strength imbalances and injury. Work several muscle groups at once when possible.
• Rest: Rest between sets of exercise for about 60 to 90 seconds giving your muscles a chance to recover before you attempt the next set. Also, rest 48 hours between bouts of weight training if you are sore.
Source: Life Fitness