Another Reason to Exercise: Breast Cancer Prevention


I find the benefits of exercise most often overwhelm my inertia. Benefits like: staying calm when my kids give the dog a macaroni and cheese body scrub, or being able to eat a cookie without remorse. A new study on exercise and breast cancer will definitely help me on those days when the couch and Oprah seem like a better choice than running.

Web M.D. recently reported on a study that had "raise your heart rate" motivating results. It seems that women who reported getting more than six hours of strenuous recreational physical activity a week were 23% less likely to have breast cancer, when compared with sedentary women. Now 6 hours of strenuous exercise may seem like a lot, but the benefits seems to cross all age ranges of women who participated in the study - meaning both pre- and post menopausal women. That is good news since eating over 20 grams of fiber a day only benefit pre-menopausal women,

Although the study doesn't prove that exercise single-handedly prevented breast cancer nor does it show how exercise may lower breast cancer risk, researchers believe that exercise has a healthy effect on hormone levels and weight maintenance.

The study does note that the women interviewed might not have accurately recalled their workout habits - we tend to exaggerate our healthy habits. To read more on the study check it out on Web MD. For guidance on cardio workouts check out these FitSugar exercise plans.

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