Staying active can help you lower your risk of many types of cancer including breast, colorectal and uterine cancers. Exercise lowers your cancer risk in several ways:
- Exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese raises your risk for several cancers.
- Exercise helps your body regulate hormone levels. Increased levels of some hormones can increase your cancer risk.
- Exercise speeds digestion, which may reduce the time that potentially harmful substances are in the colon.
Sitting less and being actives are key parts of managing your cancer risk. If you are going to sit for a long period of time – such as when at work – try to get up and walk around for at least 5 minutes every hour. Also, having a routine of at least 2 hours of physical active per week can help reduce your risk.
Moreover, you should perform muscle strengthening exercises at least twice a week. Strength training helps you maintain a healthy weight by building muscle, which boosts your metabolism. Strength training, also called resistance training, should be done in addition to your ordinary exercises.