On Sundays, I like to get up earlier and go on what to me is a “long run.”
It’s not like the old days when I was training for something, but still, Sunday mornings often have me logging 7-10 miles at a steady clip.
Sometimes, now, I even do it on the beach, which is pretty spectacular if you get out there as the sun rises.
Exercise to me is like an “all-in-one” fix for my body and mind.
I may not always feel like doing it, but I always feel better afterwards.
Sharper, energized, and a feeling of accomplishment too.
Now, we know that most folks don’t get nearly enough exercise. Less than 1 in 4 Americans do.
And we’re missing out on a lot if we skip it.
The recommendation is 2.5 to 5 hours of activity. A little over 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
That’s not a whole lot.
Most people think about exercise and health when it relates to weight, or diabetes, or even cardiovascular health.
And that’s all true – exercise it great for all of that.
But what you may not know is it’s also connected to cancer.
The more you exercise consistently, the less likely you are to get cancer.
That’s a motivator to me, and maybe it is to you too.
Just look at this. A study from researchers at the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute and Harvard, pooled data across almost 756,000 adults.
What did they find? If you meet or exceed the exercise guidelines
- Both men and women had reduced risk of kidney cancer by 17%
- Reduced risk of liver cancer by 27%
- Lower risk of myeloma by up to 19%
- Men had reduced risk of colon cancer by 14%
- Women had a 10% lower risk of breast cancer
- And an 18% reduction in both endometrial cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Look here. I’ve lost loved ones and friends to cancer. I can bet you have as well.
It’s a horrible thing, and sometimes it appears to be completely outside of our control.
But it’s clear that in some ways, we ARE in control. Healthy habits make you stronger, and less susceptible to all kinds of health issues. Including cancer.
So please, if feeling more energized and sharper, or leaner, or stronger, isn’t enough motivation to get you out the door today for a walk, think about what you just read.
I don’t mean to rain on your weekend, but I cherish each and every reader out there.
And I want you to be healthy and happy for a good long time.