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We all know that being physically active is good for you and has been linked to several health benefits ranging from weight management, brain health, bone strength and more. You may even know that it has been linked to disease prevention including some types of cancer.
Five hours a week of moderate exercise can boost activity in the body’s cells which inhibit cancer cell growth.
But did you know that research has now confirmed that it is linked to preventing 13 types of cancer?
The American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute researchers have produced a new study that links exercise with a lower risk of 13 types of cancer:
Exercise is so beneficial because it assists in reducing inflammation in the body, it feeds the cells with oxygen-rich blood, keeping them healthier, it helps with weight control and boosts the body’s natural immune system with vitality inducing endorphins.
It is recommended that adults do 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate activity or 1.25 to 2.5 hours of vigorous activity a week. For a couch potato, that sounds like a lot but it’s only 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week… you could even do it in your lunch break!
Moderate exercise includes activities like swimming, a brisk walk, golf or even cleaning your house! As long as you’re getting your heart rate up while burning some calories.