How Physical Activity Can Reduce Your Risk for 13 Different Cancers

Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine is incredibly important. A new study shows that exercise can reduce your risk for developing 13 different types of cancer. In compiling this study, researchers analyzed data from more than a million Americans and Europeans and found that out of 26 cancers, physical activity can help reduce the risk of 13 of them with the risk reduction ranging from 10% to 42%. Some of the cancers included were lung cancer, kidney cancer, endometrial cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and breast cancer.

The cancers with risk that were not affected by physical activity included melanoma and prostate cancer. There were a few key factors that were proposed to relate to risk reduction, some of which included lower levels of estrogen, lower levels of insulin, and a reduction inflammation. With a reduction in these, cancer risk may be reduced. Researchers were quoted as saying, “These findings support promoting activity as a key component of population-wide cancer prevention and control efforts.” In the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, Marilie D. Gammon, PhD, of Gillings School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, described the findings as “exciting,” because they “underscore the importance of leisure-time physical activity as a potential risk-reduction strategy to decrease the cancer burden in the United States and abroad.”(1)

Increase Your Physical Activity, Decrease Cancer Risk

With this information in mind, it’s important to stay dedicated to an exercise regimen every week. Gym memberships can be expensive and oftentimes people just want to be home after a long day. If a gym isn’t right for you, there are some great ways to exercise at home (or close to home) without big and bulky equipment. Here are some ideas.

Walking: This is an easy one! It’s a great way to burn calories and shed extra pounds. If the weather is nice, get outside and take a long walk. If the weather isn’t conducive to outside activity, that’s ok. You can walk inside your home! Buy a pedometer and set a goal for yourself. Complete your household duties around the house with a pedometer and calculate how many steps you can take in a day’s time. If you have a flight of stairs, run up and down the stairs several times a day to get some aerobic exercise in.

Jogging: Want to catch up with all of the latest shows that have been saved to your DVR? Grab some supportive shoes, turn on the television, and run in place for 20 or 30 minutes while you’re watching TV.

Jumping Jacks: This classic exercise is a great cardio workout. Doing just 10 to 15 in the morning and 10 to 15 at night on a regular basis can help get your heart pumping while burning calories.

Staying physically fit takes patience, dedication, and the support of friends and family that love you and want to see you healthy. If you’re looking to get rid of excess weight and change your lifestyle so you can stay healthier and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, staying active should be your first goal. Contact our team today to see how we can help support you on your path to healthy living.

  1. Davenport, Liam. “Exercise Cuts the Risk for 13 Cancers.” May 16, 2016. Accessed online July 17, 2016.
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