Cancer Prevention & Exercise: Is there really a link?

Exercising can play a vital role in reducing the chances of cancer developing. Physical activity is classed as anything that requires more energy and uses more muscles than resting does. As we all know exercise has lots of positive effects on the body, some of which can be linked to the reduction in the risk of developing cancer.

Exercising not only helps to prevent obesity and decreases the effects on the body obesity causes such as insulin resistance, it also helps to improve the function of the immune system.

Exercising also reduces the levels of hormones in the body, these hormones can be linked to the cause of cancer.

Higher levels of hormones such as Oestrogen can be linked the cause of breast cancer. Lowering levels of hormones such as Oestrogen and Insulin can help prevent chances of developing cancer. A lower percentage of body fat also means your body will produce less Oestrogen also reducing the risk of developing cancer.

It is recommended that adults take part in 150 minutes of exercise a week, about 30 minutes a day.

So how can you be more active?

Here are a few ideas to get you moving more:

  • Get off the bus or tube a stop early and walk the rest of the way
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift
  • Join a local sports group that meets weekly
  • Make the most of the lighter summer evenings a go for brisk walk
  • Gardening

There a lots of fitness apps and videos available for free making exercise fun and easy without even leaving the comfort of your home such as Strava, 7 Minute Workouts and the 30 Day Fitness Challenge!

Let us know how you keep fit or any other tips for making exercise fun by tweeting @theVPcharity

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