Being active every day can make you feel better and decrease your risk of a variety of health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. However, did you know that moving most days of the week could decrease your risk of cancer, too?
New studies suggest regular physical activity can reduce a person's risk of certain types of cancer, including:
- Breast cancer
- Colon cancer
- Endometrial and uterine cancer
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
Physical activity also helps you lose extra pounds or maintain a healthy weight. If you are currently overweight, consult your physician about setting a goal before you begin exercising. To get started, aim for 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Exercise can be as simple as taking a walk on your lunch break or riding a bike in the park on the weekend.
|Easy Ways to Add Exercise to Your Day
Between meetings, errands and spending time with family and friends, you may feel like you don't have one spare minute in your day, much less 30 minutes to exercise.
- Break it up. If you don't have a half an hour to dedicate to exercise, try making time for 15 minutes first thing in the morning and 15 minutes after work, or aim for three 10-minute intervals throughout the day.
- Every step counts. Whether it's taking the stairs or delivering a message in person instead of via phone or e-mail, walking counts. Aim for 10,000 steps per day, and wear a pedometer to track your progress.
- Think outside the box. Dislike going to the gym but love gardening? No problem. Exercising doesn't have to be aerobics-it can be swimming, yoga or even swing dancing. Find an activity you enjoy doing all of the time or with others-you'll be more likely to keep it up.
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