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Exercise reduces your risk for cancer

Exercise reduces your risk for cancer

27 Feb 2024 by Ted Escobedo   2 min read

Exercise contributes to longevity and a healthy life by:
• Helping you maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese is linked to 13 different types of cancer.
• Helping regulate your hormones. Increased levels of some hormones can increase your cancer risk.
• Supporting healthy digestion and may reduce the number of toxins in your body.
How to add physical activity to your day
• Sit less. Get up and move for at least one to two minutes every hour that you are awake. Extended periods of sitting increase your cancer risk, even if you exercise regularly. Sitting too much also increases your risk for obesity, which leads to cancer and other chronic diseases.
• Schedule exercise. Plan where, when and how you will exercise. And build up gradually.
The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes vigorous exercise each week. Moderate exercise is activities like brisk walking where you should still be able to hold a conversation, but you won't be able to sing. Vigorous exercise means activities like running, where you'd only be able to say a few words without feeling out of breath.

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