We all know exercise is good for us. It feels good to move, and our body will respond by being less prone to certain cancers. The fight against cancer starts way before diagnosis.
1. Lung Cancer
You don’t have to run a marathon to get your daily exercise, just start small and work up to running faster and longer. According to the National Cancer Institute, 21 different studies found that exercising daily can reduce the risk for Lung Cancer up to 20%. That could very well make the difference! The more active you stay, the greater the reduction in chance of getting it. Oh, and of course, have an otherwise healthy lifestyle.
2. Colon Cancer
Biking is a great way to get exercise. I personally love to mountain bike, but if there aren’t trails near you, then road biking is a great option. It’s a killer workout and you feel accomplished after, especially when you get some distance under your belt. Many studies have consistently determined that adults who up their physical activity, in intensity, duration, or frequency, can reduce their risk of developing colon cancer by 30 to 40 percent relative to those who don’t exercise. Doctors say that 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day is needed to protect against colon cancer. Even though exercise helps, it’s still recommended to get screened for colon cancer.
3. Endometrial Cancer
Hiking is for everybody. The earth is beautiful, this is about the cleanest way to go and see it. You’ll forget you’re even exercising on a good hike. There are trails for every experience level! 20 different studies have concluded that exercise can reduce the risk of Endometrial Cancer by 20%-40%. The more consistent the exercise, the better! The fight against cancer starts way before a diagnosis, sometimes.
4. Breast Cancer
Try yoga once and you’ll find you have muscles you didn’t know existed. It’s an excellent workout and a great opportunity to learn physical, mental and emotional control. Existing evidence from about 60 different studies show a decreasing risk of breast cancer as the frequency and duration of exercise increases. Most studies suggest that 30 to 60 minutes per day of moderate to high-intensity exercise is associated with reduced chance of breast cancer. Exercise will lower levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), improve immune responses; and assists with weight maintenance to avoid a high body mass and excess body fat.