More Moving, Less Sitting May Protect Cancer Survivors from Premature Death

Evidence is clear that physical activity lowers the risk of getting colorectal Sneakers_dreamstime_14295723cancer. But for those who are diagnosed with this cancer, a new study suggests that survivors who spend more time walking and less time sitting – both before and after diagnosis – may have a longer life.

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology this week.

Study researchers used data from participants who were part of a large cancer prevention study that started in 1992. Fifteen years later, almost 2,300 of the participants were diagnosed with colorectal cancer. When they entered the study and after the cancer diagnosis, participants filled out questionnaires about how active they were and how much time they spent sitting per week. Continue reading

Study: Every Step You Take Makes You Healthier

We’ve all heard the advice to find ways to be more active during the day: Take the stairs instead of the elevator; park in a spot far away from the store entrance to walk a little farther; or get off the bus one stop early and walk to your destination.Higher Level

While it is relatively easy to make these changes, do you ever wonder if they really make a meaningful difference for your health? I know I do. I always take the stairs, but it just doesn’t feel as important as putting on my sneakers and heading out the door for a planned brisk walk or run. Turns out it is.

A new study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion reminded me that literally every step I take during the day really does make me healthier.

The study’s results showed that people who met the physical activity guidelines (at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week) had similar health outcomes regardless of whether they achieved it using a structured exercise approach (10 minutes or more of exercise at a time) or an active lifestyle approach (less than 10 minutes of exercise at a time). The authors looked at several positive health outcomes associated with activity, such as total cholesterol, blood pressure, and waist circumference. Continue reading

Want to Age Healthfully? Take a Hike.

What if you could do one simple thing today to boost your energy, your mood and your chances of growing older without chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer or heart disease? You’d do it, right?

In this week’s edition of Cancer Research Update you can read about a study showing that becoming more physically active in middle age can help reduce your risk for getting chronic diseases as you age. And even if you do eventually develop these diseases, being active can delay their onset, buying you extra years of good health.

The researchers found that the most fit folks had the least risk for chronic diseases, including colon cancer. What’s more, the biggest drop in cancer risk occurred among sedentary people who made a modest but crucial change, moving from couch potato to slightly active. That’s right — if you’re currently inactive, just doing a bit more than you’re doing now provides big benefits. In the study, this was true regardless of a subject’s weight.

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