Many large studies have shown that engaging in regular physical activity can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.It also decreases the risk of recurrence in those who have already been treated for breast cancer. Compared to women who are inactive, those who exercise for 3-4 hours a week can reduce their risk by 20-30%.
Exercise can range from moderately intense activities such as brisk walking to vigorous activity such as jogging, tennis, gym workouts and other aerobic exercise.
- The World Health Organisation recommends that adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.
Regular exercise also improves emotional well-being.It can reduce stress levels, help you sleep and enhance your quality of life. If you find it difficult to fit an exercise routine into your schedule or you lack motivation, it may help to join a class or persuade a friend to exercise with you. You can also try to incorporate extra activities into your daily life:
Choose to walk or bike instead of driving
Take the stairs instead of the lift
Park further away from your destination and walk
Go for a brisk walk or swim during your lunch break
Using a pedometer may help you monitor your activity levels and help you to set targets.
Regular exercise helps you to maintain a healthy weight and can reduce the levels of estrogen, insulin and insulin-like growth factors in your body. These substances all contribute to the growth of breast cancer cells.
Published by Breast Cancer Foundation NZ see their website for more information- http://www.breastcancerfoundation.org.nz