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29
Apr

Running and Cancer Prevention: Is There a Connection?

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When someone mentions cancer you have to admit that you instantly feel some sort of discomfort. This is because most of us have had some experience with cancer at some point of our lives – you have either experienced any sort of cancer yourself both minor or major, or you have lost someone dear because of it. There are also people who are constantly afraid of cancer because of the reasons mentioned above and they are constantly looking for ways to prevent cancer.

According to a recent research heart diseases are the number one cause of death in the U.S. and guess who holds the second place? Cancer. There are over a hundred different types of cancers and all these types have something in common - certain cells in the body begin to divide constantly and abnormally and invade the nearby tissues and organs. 

This is why we as adults have to work on the prevention of cancer. You have already heard numerous stories where almost anything can cause cancer. Well, guess what? There is equally large number of things you can do to prevent it. However, the most important thing is to start with the prevention not tomorrow, but today.

What can you do to prevent cancer?

The sad thing is that most people will start thinking about cancer prevention when it’s too late. They just don’t want to think about it and but when something bad happens dealing with it, trying to find the cure or prevent it from spreading becomes something they do day and night. They put enormous effort to make themselves get better but it would have been much wiser if they started taking care in time. For example, most people will start taking sun protection seriously just after they experience skin cancer themselves. Until then, they avoid using sun protection creams, they spend too much time in the sun unprotected and the bad thing happens.

Knowing this, why not start taking care of your health as soon as possible. Just take one step of prevention at a time and try to do everything to save your health. This is important because when you hear the bad news you will definitely find time and do many different things, but it may just be too late. 

For example, according to a recent study poor nutrition and physical inactivity are the key factors that cause cancer. You have to admit that you don’t have to be an expert to figure out you can actually do something to deal with these two factors. All it takes is to become physically active and actually start taking care of what you eat.

Preventing cancer with diet

If you think about the diet needed to prevent cancer you will find that you have heard some of the advices at least a thousand times in your life. As you may guess drinking enough water is one of the crucial things you can do. It is also the cheapest and most beneficial at the same time. Also starting a diet which includes many different vegetables and fruits, choosing to eat whole grains, proteins and healthy fats is another thing you can easily take care of. Sounds familiar, right?

Preventing cancer with regular exercise

A study conducted at JAMA Internal Medicine included almost 1.5 million people from all ages. It lasted for 11 years and the goal was to determine whether regular exercise prevent various types of cancer. The results of the research showed that exercise does prevent cancer. So it really doesn’t matter whether you are in shape or not at the moment. Just start exercising if you want to grasp all the benefits of exercise on cancer prevention. Don’t tell us you are too busy, and you don’t have the time to exercise every day. Believe us when we say that you will unfortunately find that time when your health gets ruined. So, in order to prevent this, simply find some time for yourself. It isn’t that difficult.

A recent study recommends approximately two hours of moderate intensity exercise or an hour and fifteen minutes of energetic exercise per week. You have to admit that you can actually find this time for yourself during the week and it is even recommended to listen to music while running. We had to mention listening to music here because it has been proven that it increases endurance and promotes effective use of energy during exercise. What’s most important here is that jogging and running are on the top of the list of energetic exercise. 

When a person jogs regularly it becomes less susceptible to specific types of cancer. To be more precise the risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer or prostate cancer is greatly reduced – up to 70% which you have to admit is amazing. This is definitely great news if you are already into running and jogging. It is also a great motivation for those who are about to start being active. 

Being physically active can do wonders to your body. It helps balance the hormone levels, it also takes care of the body fat percentage and the blood pressure, boosts our immunity and metabolism, and besides all these things it also has numerous benefits to our psychological health. All these things combined are a perfect prevention of cancer. So, what do you think? Is it worth to start running tomorrow?

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