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The effects of exercise in preventing cancer

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It seems like cancer is on everyone's minds these days. With the prevalence of cancer, many people are looking for ways that they can reduce their risk of getting it later on in life. Many people are starting to discover that exercising regularly can significantly decrease your chances of getting cancer.

This should not surprise us. Researchers have been telling us that working out can improve our health in a number of ways. It can help us maintain our joints, muscles, and bones even in as we advance in age. Physical activity greatly reduces the risk of premature death and heart disease. But researchers have been discovering that physical activity also reduces the risk of cancer. This is especially true for cancers that affect the breasts, colon, lungs, prostate, and uterus. Even though exercise has all these amazing benefits, studies show that around half of the population of America is not getting the exercise that they need.

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Note that obesity can result in cancer. (Source: https://www.doctortipster.com/18116-stop-eating-obesity-may-promote-cancer.html)

Benefits of exercise

People that already have cancer know how bad the sickness is especially when it comes to the therapies that the doctors prescribe to get rid of the cancer. To help the body heal itself and remain strong throughout the treatments, regular exercise is stressed even more by doctors. Many people have noticed a significant decrease in the horrible chemotherapy side effects if they do regular exercise. For men that suffer from prostate cancer, studies show that regular exercise has relieved one of the side effects of androgen deprivation therapy. Men that exercise regularly have a healthier sex drive than those that did not participate in the exercise. This builds a wonderful habit that will benefit any cancer survivor after their treatment is over.

Regular exercise can help people who have successfully reached the recovery stage by helping them regain their stamina and start rebuilding their bodies. After chemotherapy, many will have spent months, if not, years in treatment. Inactivity is very hard on the body. The nausea alone will keep someone in the bed for extended periods of time which is why it is very common for people to lose muscle mass during their treatment. Exercise is the best solution since it allows the survivor to start feeling better again. It also helps with regulating the hormones and other chemicals in the body that would have been thrown off by the treatment the person had to go through. The healthier you are, the less likely it becomes that you will contract cancer in your lifetime

How much should you exercise?

Since you are convinced that diet and exercise do play an essential role in preventing cancer, you should also understand how much of exercise is good enough. Remember, that too much of anything is bad for you so keep your workout plans under control. If you are a very active person, getting involved in some sport activity such as football, tennis or quash may help. At least, 30 minutes of moderate activity per day should do the trick. People who aren't so active may like to start with some medium paced activities such as swimming, walking or cycling. Anything that makes you go out of breath will work.

30 minutes Does not seem like much when you sit down and think about it. You can also do around twenty minutes three times a week if you do a vigorous workout. Either way you choose, it is important to start a regimen now so that it is easier to maintain. But physical activity does not just help prevent cancer; it helps the body get rid of it.

See also: https://www.doctortipster.com/18173-physical-activity-lowers-the-risk-of-breast-cancer.html

References

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1523-5394.2001.009003119.x/full

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/(SICI)1099-1611(200003/04)9:2%3C127::AID-PON438%3E3.0.CO;2-L/full