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Why Be Active?

Find the motivation to get off the couch and regular activity to your daily routine. Here are a few helpful reminders about the benefits everyone can enjoy from a physically active life.

Can’t Get These From TV:

  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Increased bone density
  • More “good” cholesterol and less “bad” cholesterol
  • Controlled blood sugar
  • Improved mood
  • Improved functional health and balance
  • Increased brain function
  • Eased arthritis symptoms

How Strong is the Evidence that

Physical Activity Protects Against Cancer?

Convincing Evidence
Probable Evidence
Suggestive Evidence
Colon Cancer
Postmenopausal breast cancer
Lung cancer
Endometrial cancer
Pancreatic cancer
Premenopausal breast cancer

Be Active and Take Steps to Avoid…

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Cognitive decline and dementia
  • Obesity

Other Effects of Moving More

  • Reduces body fat: extra fat around the waist can raise hormone levels and increase inflammation, increasing cancer risk.
  • Boosts the immune system: some studies show that physical activity makes cells better able to fight off disease.
  • Speeds up food transit time in the gut: this lessens colon-lining exposure to potentially carcinogenic substances during digestion.

Published on June 17, 2011

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