When you include the American Institute for Cancer Research in your estate plans, you make a major difference in the fight against cancer.

Corporate Champions who partner with the American Institute for Cancer Research stand at the forefront of the fight against cancer

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing program that analyzes global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

A major milestone in cancer research, the Third Expert Report analyzes and synthesizes the evidence gathered in CUP reports and serves as a vital resource for anyone interested in preventing cancer.

Whether you are a healthcare provider, a researcher, or just someone who wants to learn more about cancer prevention, we’re here to help.

AICR has pushed research to new heights, and has helped thousands of communities better understand the intersection of lifestyle, nutrition, and cancer.

Read real-life accounts of how AICR is changing lives through cancer prevention and survivorship.

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AICR champions research that increases understanding of the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer.

AICR’s resources can help you navigate questions about nutrition and lifestyle, and empower you to advocate for your health.

AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. To help you live healthier, we’ve taken the latest research and made 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

January 4, 2018 | 3 minute read

Fitness You Can Stick With

We all know regular activity has positive health effects. So why is it so hard to change your routine come the New Year?

Regular physical activity can help lower blood pressure, control cholesterol and improve immune function. It’s also a key component when trying to maintain weight loss. The more calories you burn throughout the day, the better positioned you are to keep that weight off. On top of that, AICR recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate activity daily to help lower cancer risk.

To help you make real, sustainable changes, here are 5 fitness tips you’ll stick with.

1. Take Small Steps

Making smaller (and more realistic) physical activity changes that you can stick will lead to long-term health improvement and reduction in cancer risk. Start by adding 100 more steps daily for one week, so by the end of the week you’ll have added 700 steps daily. Ten steps here and there, throughout the day, will add up and the specific, measurable number will give you something to strive for every day.

2. Schedule It In

Make fitness a priority by scheduling 30-minute appointments with yourself 3-4 times a week. These can be as simple as walking around the block or attending a group fitness class. Putting a time and place on your workouts can help add accountability and make you less likely to bail.

3. Muscle Up

Work strength training into your weekly fitness routine to help improve flexibility, balance and endurance. And strength training builds muscle to help you burn a few more calories. Try these easy resistance band exercises.

4. Give Yourself a Break

The research on sedentary behavior and cancer risk continues to build, but evidence points to inactivity as a barrier to good health. Plus, studies have linked each two-hour per day increase in sitting time to a detectable increased risk of cancers of the colon and endometrium.

Every hour, give yourself a break from sitting by walking to the break room, chatting with a coworker or doing some active chores.

5. Track It

Whether you’re looking to take more steps, build muscle or do something at the gym every day, there’s an app that can help you track your progress. Pedometers and fitness trackers can help you see how you move every day and visualize obstacles that stand in your way like weather and long work days. Once you understand what’s keeping you from your goals, you’ll be more equipped to power through and meet them.

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