Exercise and Breast Cancer

by Erin Steiner | May 23rd, 2008 | Exercises

Did you know that regular exercise can cut your risk of breast cancer by as much as fifty percent? An article in USA Today states that a study has been done to measure the impact of exercise on the development of breast cancer. The lead researcher on the study, Luke Ratnasinghe, says that breast cancer is fifty percent lower in the women who exercised between thirty and one hundred fifty minutes a week. African American women who exercise the same amount are seventy percent less likely to develop breast cancer.

But how do you find the time to exercise? Our lives are so busy, where are you supposed to find thirty to one hundred fifty extra minutes a week? The good news is that exercise is something that you easily can work into your day! Here are a few hints to make sure you get enough exercise every week:

1. Park farther away from your destination. While it is important to be safe (so parking as close as you can at night is certainly understandable), by parking at the opposite end of the parking lot of your grocery store, you will increase the amount of walking you do each day. Walking is perfectly acceptable exercise and is a favorite among women who do not like the higher impact fitness routines.

2. Invest in a portable rowing machine and row while you are watching television! Your rowing machine will work your whole body and a thirty minute workout on the rowing machine is the equivalent of a sixty minute workout at the gym!

3. Take the stairs. Stair climbing is a great way to burn calories, work your body’s muscles, and your cardiovascular system.

4. Yoga is another exercise that lends itself nicely to your spare time. Stretching can work your muscles and help you relax during tense moments of the day.

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