Exercising is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and to lower your risk for many types of cancer as well as other diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), physical activity in any form can prevent cancer by:
- Helping you maintain a healthy weight and burn belly fat.
- Keeping hormones at a healthy level.
- Reducing stress.
- Getting your blood flowing to help your immune system prevent infections.
- Keeping the digestive system healthy.
Best of all, just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day can make a difference. If you can pack in 60 minutes a day, that’s even better.
What Counts as Exercise?
You don’t have to go to the gym every day or do sprints to get your 30-60 minutes of physical activity. In fact, everyday activities can count as exercise, but only if you do them with at least a moderate intensity. You should be working enough to raise your heart rate and increase your breathing.
Try these strategies to work more physical activity into your day:
- Get on or off the bus or train one stop early and walk briskly the rest of the way
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
- Park on the far end of the parking lot so you have to walk further to reach your destination
- Go dancing with your partner or friends
- Walk briskly around the mall two or three times before you begin shopping
- Mow your lawn
- Wash your car
There is growing evidence that physical activity and other measures that help us to maintain a healthy weight, such as a balanced diet, may help to prevent cancer recurrence, particularly for breast cancer. However, the evidence is not yet clear enough to be able to make any specific recommendations for cancer survivors in general, or for those who are survivors of any specific form of cancer.
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Source: American Institute for Cancer Research