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As if you needed more reasons to ditch that sedentary, couch potato lifestyle, here’s one more.  Research indicates that exercise can help you live a cancer free life, or at least reduce the odds of getting it.   Below are 6 types of cancer that you can keep at bay by adopting a more healthy, active lifestyle.

  • October is national breast cancer month, so it only makes sense that I put this at the top of the list.  It would be most beneficial to begin a consistent exercise regimen as a teenager or young adult, but late bloomers can reap immediate benefits of exercise, too.  Women who have a BRCA gene mutation or a family history of breast cancer can reduce their risk by 25% if they engage in moderate exercise for at least 20 minutes 5x a week.
  • The risk of ovarian cancer can be reduced by adopting a high intensity cardiovascular workout.  Remember to start with a low intensity work out and gradually work your way up to a higher intensity level, if you’re not normally active. 
  • By exercising for half an hour a day 5x a week may be your ticket to keeping your endometrium (the lining if your uterus) healthy.   Endometrial cancer rates dropped by 345 in women who exercised and weren’t overweight.  That’s more motivation to lose weight and get your sexy back, ladies.
  • Good news regarding smoking and lung cancer…both current and former smokers can benefit from exercise.  Women who exercised on a regular basis were less likely to develop lung cancer and lower numbers of cancer were found in women diagnosed with lung cancer who exercised. 
  • 23% of colerectal cancers are preventable with 30 minutes of daily exercise.
  • You can cut your risk of developing gastric or stomach cancer in half just by engaging in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (strenuous or recreational).

So get off your butt and get moving, ladies.  The Big C is gonna get you if you don’t. Be sure to consult your health care provider before beginning a new exercise regimen.

Remember, to keep a healthy demeanor, both inside and out.