Stand Up Against Cancer

Monday, December 5th, 2011 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

Sitting on the couch or in a chair for too much of the day may increase one’s risk for cancer, according to Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, a service affiliated with the National Institutes of Health. It is not uncommon for people to sit for more than 15 hours per day — on the job, in their cars and/or while watching television. Getting up and moving around more may help to prevent the disease.

In a recent Canadian study, older women who exercised five days per week for a year appeared to have have less inflammation in their bodies. Less inflammation may be protective against cancer. Researchers believe that becoming more physically active could reduce one’s risk for breast or colon cancer by 25 percent or more.

The American Institute for Cancer Research offers these easy tips for incorporating more movement into one’s daily routine:

  • Set your watch or computer alarm to sound off every hour as a reminder to stand up and move about for a few minutes;
  • Stand up while talking on the telephone;
  • Instead of calling or emailing a coworker, walk over to his or her office; and
  • If you need to talk with someone for several minutes, take a walk during the conversation.

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