Building an Active Community

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This spring, prioritize the types of physical activity that allow you to be in community with others. Getting regular moderate physical activity (at least 150 minutes weekly) and avoiding being sedentary is one of AICR’s cancer prevention recommendations. Here are some easy ways to do just that:     

Walking
Going on a walk is a great way to begin getting active. Catch up with a friend in your neighborhood, explore a new city on a group walking tour while traveling or grab a colleague for a brisk walk to clear your mind after a stressful day at work. Set a goal to walk at least 30 minutes per day at moderate intensity—meaning your heart rate is elevated but you can still carry on a conversation.

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    Physical Activity and its Effectiveness in Cancer Therapy

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    Research shows that physical activity offers plenty of benefits for long-term health and plays an important role in both cancer prevention and healthy survivorship. For reducing cancer risk, American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate, or 75 minutes of vigorous (if possible) physical activity per week. Emerging evidence shows that physical activity, can be a valuable complement to traditional cancer treatments as well. A recently published paper supports the role of physical activity in increasing the effectiveness of radiation therapy, chemotherapy and even immunotherapy.

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      Intense, Short Exercise Bouts Found to Lower Colon Cancer Cell Growth

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      There is already strong research showing that regular exercise lowers the risk of developing colon cancer. Evidence also indicates that being active can help colon cancer survivors live longer and stay healthier.

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