October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And, my goal this month and in general is to do what I can to stave off the terrible disease. I read recently that studies found a link between regular exercise and a lower risk of breast cancer. If this is true, Iâ€™m going to need to start exercising more often!
How exercising lowers breast cancer risk is not fully understood. Itâ€™s thought that physical activity regulates hormones including estrogen and insulin, which can fuel breast cancer growth. Regular exercise also helps women stay at a healthy weight, which also helps regulate hormones and helps keep the immune system healthier. So itâ€™s a win-win to get to the gym!
How much exercise do women need?
Unfortunately, there is not a magic number of hours that a woman can exercise to prevent cancer from occurring or to lower the risk. But we do know that some is better than none, and that more vigorous activity is more effective than less vigorous activity. The American Cancer Society recommends all adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75-minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week, preferably spread throughout the week.
So, what happens on days when you want to fit some exercise in but canâ€™t find the time to come to the J and exercise? Here are some ideas:
For people who haven't exercised in a while, it makes sense to start slowly and build up gradually. And clear any new activity with your doctor.
Hope to see you at the J in the weight room, on a treadmill, or at the new Bollywood Fit or SUP Yoga Class (which was an amazing workout- I did it last week!)