Contributed by Jason Knapfel, a content creator for DietsInReview.com, which provides the tools and information needed to shape a healthier you.
Get this: You might be able to just "walk away" from your cancer risk. According to experts from The World Cancer Research Fund, any form of regular moderate activity can prevent many cancer cases from ever occurring.
"There is now very strong evidence that being physically active is important for cancer prevention," says the WCRF's Head of Science, Dr. Rachel Thompson.
"Even relatively modest increases in activity levels could prevent thousands of cancer cases... every year."
Walking isn't the only prescription for a lowered risk of cancer. Just get moving! The researchers suggest that participating in activities such as cycling or swimming may also help thwart cancer.
And while you should make exercise a priority, this isn't even about becoming a fitness fanatic. Simple small changes can do a world of good.
"By taking up walking as a hobby or even walking to the shops instead of taking the bus or car, people can make a real difference to their health," says Dr. Thompson.
The data from the study suggests that 45 minutes of moderate daily exercise could prevent about 5,500 cases of breast cancer. While that may seem like a lot of time if you aren't already exercising, remember it's a total of 45 minutes, not all at one time.
Here are a few ways to put together the time you need to improve your chances of dodging cancer:
- Park a little further away from the office. If you walk about five minutes briskly to and from the office, that's already 20 minutes each day! You're almost halfway there.
- If you pick up your kids at school, do the same as at the office. Don't just pull up in front (unless that's required protocol for your child's school). Get five minutes of brisk walking both ways, and you're almost home free.
- After dinner, take a 10 minute stroll around the neighborhood. It's a great way to get a little fresh air and -- voila! -- you have the required daily exercise suggestion.
- If you don't have kids, then you can easily make up for not having the school option. Make your post-meal stroll 30 minutes instead.
- Just to make sure that you get your quota, take a couple five minute breaks at work, and make your "smoke break" the healthy kind with a walk around the office -- inside or out. Whatever works best for you.