Exercise every day is good for your body and brain.
Exercise also has hidden benefits that reduce the risk of seven cancers and extend life expectancy, according to a recent article on Reader’s Digest.
A 2009 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that moderate and high levels of physical activity can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
After analyzing 50 studies, the experts found that exercise reduced the risk of breast cancer by 20 percent, possibly because exercise prevented breast cancer growth by lowering hormone levels and regulating insulin levels.
Experts from the National Cancer Institute reviewed 21 studies and found that physical activity reduced the risk of lung cancer by 20 percent.
A 14-year follow-up study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine of the American Medical Association in 2005 found that men over the age of 65 had a significantly lower risk of fatal prostate cancer if they exercised actively.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that 2.8 percent of women will develop this type of cancer in their lifetime. An effective way to prevent endometrial cancer is to exercise every day.
A 2004 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that women with a higher body mass index (BMI) and less physical activity had a higher risk of developing endometrial cancer.
According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, exercise reduces mortality before and after diagnosis of colon cancer.
The American Cancer Society, which tracked nearly 2300 cancer patients, suggested that a two-and-a-half hour walk a week would have a significant impact on mortality.
According to the American Association of brain Neoplasms, brain tumors are most common among people aged 0 and 19. In 2011, experts at Duke University’s Cancer Institute found that brain cancer patients who exercised regularly lived longer than those who remained sedentary.
The findings suggest that physical activity has a positive effect on improving the overall mood of patients, which in turn prolongs their lives.
Biomedical researchers at Cornell University found in 2013 that weight-bearing exercise, such as weight-lifting or running, could reduce bone tumor formation.
Because physical activity makes bones stronger, causes tumors to weaken, and even prevents tumors from growing. For bones, exercise is a win-win, both to improve bone strength, but also to prevent bone cancer.