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Potential Life-Saving Value of Exercise

Posted 8/18/2016

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  Ok, the title of today's blog may be a bit grandiose, but the evidence keeps coming that regular exercise is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. It matters not whether you go to the gym or walk or bike or play volley ball or ballroom dance. It matters that you move and keep moving in a sustained and ongoing and regular way. If you do, you may reduce your risks of cancer recurrence, breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

  There are additional benefits like weight loss or maintenance, stress management, less depression and anxiety, a general positive sense of well-being. So, whether you like it or not, please lace up those sneakers (or put on your dancing shoes; I have always wanted to learn to tap dance) and keep moving.

  From Consumer Health Day: 

Regular Exercise: Antidote for Deadly Diseases?

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Getting lots of exercise may reduce your risk for five
common diseases, a new report suggests.
Researchers analyzed 174 studies published between 1980 and 2016, and found that people with high
levels of weekly physical activity had a lower risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, heart disease
and stroke.
The investigators used a formula called MET minutes to estimate how much activity offered the greatest
health benefit. MET minutes measure how much energy you burn during physical activity.
The study findings showed the biggest benefit at 3,000 to 4,000 MET minutes a week. A person could get
3,000 MET minutes by weaving activity into their daily routine -- for example, 10 minutes of climbing
stairs; 15 minutes of vacuuming; 20 minutes of gardening; 20 minutes of running; and 25 minutes of
walking or cycling.
"With population aging, and an increasing number of cardiovascular and diabetes deaths since 1990,
greater attention and investments in interventions to promote physical activity in the general public is
required," lead author Hmwe Kyu wrote. Kyu is an acting assistant professor at the University of
Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle.

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