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Exercise and cancer risk
Regular physical exercise is a fantastic way to reduce your cancer risk. And you don't have to pump iron or run a marathon. Think of ways to get more activity into your daily life, like getting off the bus a stop earlier, riding a bicycle or walking to the local shops instead of driving.
Did you know that up to one hour of moderate activity or 30 minutes of vigorous activity daily can cut your risk of cancer?
'Moderate intensity activity' is anything causing a slight but noticeable increase in breathing and heart rate (like brisk walking, mowing the lawn, medium-paced swimming or cycling).
Moderate activities include:
'Vigorous activity' makes you huff and puff. It can be defined as exercise at 70% to 85% of your maximum heart rate and includes activities like football, squash, netball, basketball, aerobics, circuit training, jogging, fast cycling and rowing.
Vigorous activities include:
If you exercise regularly you'll feel the benefits in a variety of ways!
How can I be active every day?
If you don't like the gym, try: