Imagine the benefits of exercise lining up in a queue. From a distance, you might assume it’s a line for the new iPhone! But look closely and you’ll see cardiovascular health, weight management, better bone density, and brain health all jostling for position. There’s sound sleep, looking well-rested — and good mood, with a smile on her face. Cancer prevention is in the mix too. Though exercise briefly raises levels of inflammation, known to contribute to cancer (and many other diseases), new research suggests that the adrenaline boost and changes in immune system cells prompted by exercise may help your body fight cancer or slow its progression. What you do matters less than just doing it. Walking, jogging, playing tennis, dancing, riding your bike to work — it all counts. Take a hard look at any internal or external obstacles that are holding you back, and address them. Simple habits like laying out your clothes and shoes the night before can help. If motivation is an issue, make a walking date with a friend who will hold you to it. While disease-prevention benefits may seem abstract, one of the effects is pretty immediate: increased energy. It’s in that queue of benefits too, jumping up and down to get your attention.
Exercise is one of the most important actions you can take to help guard against many types of cancer. Source: Fred Hutchinson Research Center website.