Exercise is good for all of us in general, but did you know exercise is beneficial in preventing cancer, specifically breast cancer? Since exercise lowers blood estrogen, it helps lower a woman’s breast-cancer risk. Exercise also reduces other cancer-growth factors such as insulin.
The National Cancer Institute reports that in regard to the relationship between exercise and breast cancer incidence, physically active women have a lower risk of developing cancer than inactive women. Exercising on a regular basis is thought to be best at prevention, however women who increase their activity after menopause reduce their risk of getting breast cancer compared to inactive women. Physical activity lowers hormone levels, insulin and insulin-like growth factor and it helps decrease excess body fat, all which would otherwise increase a woman’s risk for breast cancer.
So what if you have breast cancer? According to the American Cancer Society, the good news is that regular exercise can also keep a woman’s hormone, insulin and body fat levels lower, which can reduce the risk of recurrence. Also, regular exercise can help decrease side effects of treatment, such as fatigue and depression, and can also decrease joint pain that hormone therapy women are given after surgery.
If you haven’t got your sweat sesh in today, try this 30 minute (equipment free!) cancer fighting workout to get active and sweat your way to better health!
1. Push Ups
3. Tricep Dips
4. Prone Plank
5. Alternating Back Lunges
-Do 1 minute of each exercise.
-In between each exercise, do 1 minute of cardio (walk, jog, jumping jacks, etc.).
-Do all 5 exercises, with the one minute cardio after each exercise for a total of 10 minutes of work.
-Take a quick break and then repeat for a second and third time!