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October 13, 2011 | 2 minute read

Turn It Up to Lower Cancer Risk

Turning on the radio, your iPod playlist or stereo while you exercise may lead to a better and longer workout.

In this week’s HealthTalk, Karen Collins explains what research says about music helping people exercise longer and at a higher intensity. It’s a win-win situation – enjoy your favorite music and do your body a favor with all the benefits of physical activity, including lower cancer risk.

I find that music helps me get started with activity and keep it up. My musician daughter made playlists for me that include old favorites and new-to-me songs that fit my taste. I actually look forward to doing my running or yoga and getting caught up in the music. And I just can’t stop in the middle of a song, so I might go a few minutes longer than I would normally.

According to AICR’s expert report and its updates evidence is strong that getting at least 30 (and even better 60) minutes of physical activity every day helps lower risk for several cancers. Of course the benefit of physical activity can be more immediate, including staying a healthy weight and having increased energy.

So turn it on! Put on your favorite music and get moving – whether walking, jogging, weight training or stretching. Or you might just decide that dancing – alone or with someone – is a great way to get active.

What’s your favorite type of music for exercise?

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