Documentary to be shown tonight
About 1.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Thanks to advances in detection and treatment, many more than in the past will survive. They'll join the 10 million or so people already considered survivors.
Tonight the Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma will host a screening of the award-winning documentary, “Awaken the Dragon.”
The 90-minute film, produced by Liz Oakley, documents “the courageous journey of a small group of cancer patients facing an immortal and ferocious creature — cancer — taking viewers on a journey of hope and healing,” according to a news release.
Watch the documentary this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the cancer institute, 5911 W Memorial Road.
For more information or to reserve a spot, call the Integris HealthLine at 951-2277. Attendees are welcome to tour the institute and the ProCure Proton Therapy Center.
Are you a cancer survivor? If you've completed cancer treatment within the past five years, you're eligible to participate in SurvivorFit, a 12-week strength and fitness program offered by the Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma and the Integris PACER Fitness Center.
The program aims to help cancer survivors improve their health and quality of life.
To accomplish that, SurvivorFit “encourages participants to take charge of their recovery by strengthening their spirit through mind-body awareness, addressing causes of stress and anxiety and boosting their stamina, energy level and self-esteem with an exercise program tailored to their needs and abilities,” according to a news release.
Participants will learn “a wide variety of exercises designed to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility, boost cardiovascular endurance and improve their capacity to perform daily living activities, from work to play,” the release notes.
The 12-week program is about to begin. The group meets in the first floor classroom at the fitness center, 5520 N Independence.
For more information or to register, call 951-2277.
Seminars begin Thursday
Integris Third Age Life Center regularly supports families by hosting seminars for caregivers. The latest batch of seminars begins Thursday.
Caring for a sick or dying loved one is an arduous, emotional task, and about one in four adults has provided some level of care during the past year. As baby boomers age, the number of caregivers and the burdens they bear will grow.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or need answers about caregiving, consider attending the Caregiver Fundamentals Seminars. The seminars, provided by Sunbeam Family Services, “are designed to bring you timely inspiration and information,” according to a news release.
The seminars will be held on three consecutive Thursdays in October. Meetings run from 6 to 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Third Age Life Center, 5100 N Brookline Ave., Suite 100.
This week's session will focus on caring for a loved one who has dementia. On Oct. 18, learn how to maintain your own health while taking care of another person, and on Oct. 25, find out more about the legal and financial issues involved in caregiving.
Sessions are free, but registration is required. Reserve a spot for one or more of the sessions by calling 951-2277.
Maximize cardio workouts
Cardiovascular exercises are necessary to maintain a healthy body, but simple errors can limit the effectiveness of your workout. Life Fitness, a manufacturer of gym-quality exercise equipment, offers these tips for getting the most out of cardio training.
Posture is important. When you're tired and sore, it's tempting to slouch over the treadmill or elliptical machine and hold yourself up by clinging to the hand grips. Doing so, however, reduces the number of calories you'll burn and will limit the effectiveness of your lower body workout. You can also strain your wrists and back. If you're going to do the exercise, do it right. Straighten your back, look straight ahead and lightly grip the rails to maintain your balance.
The guy beside you may be standing on the tips of his toes on the summit trainer, pistoning his legs like a trip hammer, but you don't have to do that. Fast and furious isn't necessarily the best thing, and shallow steps can do more harm than good on the treadmill or summit machine. Instead, take long, comfortable strides that will work the large muscle groups in your legs and burn more calories in the long run.
Boredom is an enemy. It's good to master a technique, but if you do the same exercise routine repeatedly it becomes exactly that: routine. Try different preprogrammed workouts on treadmills and ellipticals. Challenge yourself and keep your muscles guessing.
Pay attention to your breathing. Make sure you're not holding your breath or breathing shallowly while doing cardio exercises; your muscles need oxygen to keep going. Take deep breaths, allowing air to enter and leave both your mouth and nose. If you can speak a sentence or two without gasping, you're OK, but if your pace leaves you feeling breathless, slow down a bit and focus on deep breathing.
For more information about Life Fitness, go online to www.lifefitness.com.