Maintain Physical Activity and Healthy Weight for Lower Cancer Risk

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Do you know what is the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of cancer (besides not smoking)?

Maintain a healthy weight.

It is true. The authors of the Third Expert Report: Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer: A Global Perspective, describe the evidence linking body fatness to cancer as “overwhelming”, noting there is strong evidence to suggest that excess body fat is a cause of 12 cancers.
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    It’s Never Too Late to Start Physical Activity

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    While that’s true, it doesn’t mean that getting started is easy, especially if you are an older adult. Knowing how to choose exercises and which are safe–especially if you’re dealing with multiple health conditions–can be confusing. Finances can be another concern.

    The good news is there are resources to help match your preferences to appropriate activities. Whether you feel comfortable exercising in your own home or you would prefer to be out in the community, the tools described below can help you get started toward achieving AICR’s recommendation to do at least 150 minutes of moderate, or 75 minutes of vigorous, physical activity a week. Read more… “It’s Never Too Late to Start Physical Activity”

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      Setting a SMART Goal to Meet AICR’s Physical Activity Recommendations

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      The AICR recommendations for physical activity are very clear about what to do for cancer prevention: make being physically active part of your everyday life, aiming for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity each week and work towards a goal of 45-60 minutes of moderate activity every day.

      OK, so you know what to do, but how should you get started?

      By setting a SMART goal.

      Take the time to clearly define what you want to achieve, how you think you can achieve it, and what you need to be successful. That will set you up with a blueprint for action that can grow with you over time.

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