With the latest AICR Cancer Prevention Recommendations and the newly updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, we have more guidance about why – and how – we need to move more. The main message is: MOVE MORE, SIT LESS – an important first step. But winter and cold weather can be a major impediment to getting active and eventually meeting the recommended 20-30 minutes daily of moderate physical activity.
Health care experts know the benefits of activity, so how do they keep fit in winter? We asked oncology dietitians how they stay active, and what they recommend to their patients when it’s just too cold or nasty to go outside. We shared some ideas in AICR’s eNewsletter this month, but here are even more of those creative choices*:
A self-challenge: I like the Fitbit to keep track of my activity. I have a “challenge” from 5 am to 6 pm to get at least 250 steps each hour. At 10 minutes before the hour, I get an alert if I haven’t achieved that.
I use the GoNoodle app for my kids (and I join in sometimes). – J. Paige Williamson, MS, RD, LDN
Try SparkPeople.com videos! They are good for a variety of abilities and fitness levels. – Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDE
America’s sedentary lifestyle contributes to our too high rates of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many types of cancer. Now, the 2nd edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans released last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides new research on the benefits of physical activity, including lower risk of several types of cancer, weight loss, improved quality of life, and lower risk of death from any cause. AICR’s recent blog post from Dr. Anne McTiernan describes the Guidelines’ recommendations to move more and sit less, including benefits for cancer prevention and cancer survivors.
For the first time the Guidelines include recommendations for policy-makers and communities to take actions to help increase physical activity among Americans. The evidence on the benefits of physical activity for improved health are clear, but few people even come close to meeting activity recommendations. The alarming fact is that only about one in five adults and one in four high school students regularly get enough physical activity needed for good health. Read more… “Why Aren’t We More Active? New Guidelines Provide Evidence, Strategies for Effective Policies”