Prevent Cancer Risk With Exercise
Surely there can be no worse thing to hear from your doctor than for him or her to say, “I’m sorry, but you have cancer.” There are a number of reasons why anyone fears this diagnosis: pain, ghastly treatments that may not work, the emotional strain on the family, cost of medications, surgery…the list goes on and on. However, there is one way that you can help prevent cancer: exercise. Being inactive, and in turn, putting on unnecessary pounds makes an individual more likely to develop cancer. It’s no secret that obesity has become an increasing problem that affects all aspects of health. By the year 2030, obesity is projected to cause half a million cases of cancer. While all cancers are not necessarily preventable through exercise, cutting the risk of developing cancer by exercising certainly makes sense. Cancer is associated with fat because fat stimulates the over production of hormones. This makes it more likely that someone will develop cancer. Researchers say that through exercising, cancer can be reduced by up to 30%. Of course, this does not mean that you should exercise to exhaustion (that will just create more health problems), it means that if several hours a week are devoted to walking, aerobics, swimming, or working out on a rowing machine, the chances of developing cancer drop by a significant amount. So why not plan a regular schedule of exercise, such as walking or jogging, to help peel off that extra weight, tone your body, and give cancer the boot?