Exercise Lowers Your Cancer Risks

New research from the National Cancer Institute confirms that exercise lowers the risk of many different types of cancer, and it goes a step further – it quantifies how much a healthy active lifestyle reduces your cancer risk.

People who exercised the most had a 42 percent lower risk of esophageal cancer and a 27 percent lower risk of liver cancer over 11 years than people who exercised the least, the study of 1.4 million people showed.

Those who exercised the most had:

  • A 26 percent lower risk of lung cancer
  • A 23 percent lower risk of kidney cancer
  • A 22 percent lower risk of stomach cancer
  • A 21 percent lower risk of endometrial cancer
  • A 20 percent lower risk of myeloid leukemia
  • A 17 percent lower risk of myeloma
  • A 16 percent lower risk of colon cancer
  • A 15 percent lower risk of head and neck cancer
  • A 13 percent lower risk of rectal cancer
  • A 13 percent lower risk of bladder cancer
  • A 10 percent lower risk of breast cancer

A large proportion of cancer cases and deaths among U.S. individuals who are white might be prevented if people quit smoking, avoided heavy drinking, maintained a BMI between 18.5 and 27.5, and got moderate weekly exercise for at least 150 minutes or vigorous exercise for at least 75 minutes, according to a study published online by JAMA Oncology.

How can one sustain weight management and improve athletic training while warding off cancer?  Celebrate autumn and get moving!  Schedule one afternoon a week for the family to play in the yard.  By playing a game of tag or chasing your child in circles around the backyard, you not only delight your children, but you also can get your heart rate up and burn some major calories. As Harvard Medical School reports, 30 minutes of running will burn anywhere from 465 to 539 calories in a 155-lb. person. Not only will you get a great workout, your kids will have a blast too while combating childhood obesity.

Are you in need of fitness assistance?  Fitness for Health can help you create a healthy, active lifestyle while having fun and maintaining weight management.  We offer customized exercise programs designed to fit your and your children’s exact needs while helping you reach your unique health goals. From first-time gym-goers to NFL professional athletes looking for athletic training, Fitness for Health has fitness programs to help people of all ages and abilities reach their fullest potential. And, we offer family workouts and Open Gym playtimes so families can become active together.