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Get Off the Couch

Physical activity can help maintain a healthy body weight, and a healthy body weight has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer.

Don’t let the idea of “physical activity” put you off. While working out in a gym or playing a sport is great, physical activity is about much more than this. Think of it as how you can use your muscles more in your everyday life. If you drive to work, sit at a desk all day, and use all the conveniences of modern life, you probably need to move more.

Previous generations were much more active in their daily life than most of us are. They didn’t go to a gym to get their blood pumping – jobs in factories or farm work required a lot of physical activity. They walked or rode bicycles to get to work. Housework, without today’s labour-saving appliances, was a strenuous physical workout in itself.

When you think of physical activity in these terms, it’s easier to get active – it doesn’t have to be expensive or inconvenient. Being active can make you feel good too.

 

Physical activity and cancer

Research shows that regular physical activity over your lifetime protects against colon cancer.

Physical activity is also one of the best ways to get to and maintain a healthy weight. People who are overweight or obese are at greater risk for cancer of the breast, colon and rectum, esophagus, kidney, pancreas and uterus.