13 Reasons to Start Exercising- And Its Not for Six-Pack Abs

13 Reasons to Start Exercising- And Its Not for Six-Pack Abs

The National Institute of Health (NIH) recently reported its findings after following 1.44 million people (ages 19-98) for eleven years in a research study to see if physical exercise affects risks of cancer.  While we are aware that physical exercise or activity reduces the risk of heart disease and death from all causes, in this study researchers found that exercise can lower your risk of cancer.  It was even found to be effective for those who are overweight or smoke!  Moderate exercise (walking, running or swimming for example) for 150 minutes a week can reduce your risk for the following cancers:

            Colon

            Breast

            Endometrial

            Esophageal

            Stomach

            Kidney

            Myeloid leukemia

            Lung

            Head

            Neck

            Rectum

            Bladder

Finding time to exercise is one barrier to being physically active.  You can be creative in fitting in some type of movement during your day to reach the goal of 150 minutes a week.  The CDC offers an excellent webpage of this at:  https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/

 

 

National Institute of Health (May 2016) retrieved from:  www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/increased-physical-activity-associated-lower-risk-13-types-cancer. 11/11/16.

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