You've always heard that physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, but did you know recent studies show regular exercise can decrease your chances of developing cancer?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity and physical inactivity may account for 25 to 30 percent of several major cancers-colon, breast, kidney and esophageal. Focusing on fitness and physical activity throughout your life may help protect against developing these types of cancer. For breast cancer in particular, exercise can help by regulating hormone levels. Physical activity may provide protection against colon cancer by shortening the exposure of the bowel lining to harmful substances, which speeds up the digestive process.
Exercising Your Options
No matter your age, exercise improves health. According to research at Stanford University School of Medicine, even people who start exercising later in life appear to gain many of the same health benefits as those who have exercised their whole lives. Regular physical activity is easier to fit into your daily routine than you may think. Choose a regimen that works best for you. If you enjoy being around others, try line dancing, walking with friends or joining a team or recreation association. If you need time to yourself, gardening, walking, running, cycling or swimming offers solitude in which to reflect.
Exercise is crucial for becoming and staying healthy, but some days it's tough to get motivated. Maybe you're too tired or feel like you don't have enough time in your day. Counteract excuses by discovering what motivates you. Consider the following tips for staying enthusiastic about exercise:
- Make it fun-Find activities that you enjoy, and then vary your routine. You're more likely to stick with a fitness program if you're having fun.
- Set goals-Realistic and reachable goals will keep you from getting frustrated and wanting to quit. Start with simple goals, and progress to more ambitious ones.
- Find a workout buddy-Invite friends or co-workers to join you when you exercise. It's much easier to stick to your routine when you have someone supporting you.
- Write it down-Recording your efforts on paper can help you work toward your goals and show you the benefits of exercise.
Remember, it doesn't matter what exercise you choose; the most important thing is to keep moving and stay healthy.
If you're like most people, deciding how to incorporate physical activity into your daily life can be difficult. Simplify things by trying these steps.
- Always take the stairs, avoiding elevators and escalators.
- Take "walking breaks" instead of coffee breaks to keep your body moving throughout the day.
- Walk your dog instead of just letting it outside.
- Do some leg lifts or walk in place while watching TV.
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