It is not possible to prevent all kinds of cancer, but you can’t deny there are ways you can reduce their risks. One of those ways is through exercises, which are also helpful during and after treatment for people with cancer.
Exercises have a lot of benefits. Whether lowering the risk of cancer or being active, it helps maintain weight. It reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, depression, and dementia.
Exercises also help reduce stress and improve your mood, which is an excellent way to learn new skills and meet new people.
No one is saying you need to become an athlete overnight. Or become an everyday visitor of your local gym. The best exercise for you might not even require you to leave your home.
And might even be a game your family and loved ones can partake in and have fun doing.
Let’s look at how exercises help reduce the risk of cancer and why you should start exercising now.
- Healthy Weight
Exercises help you to maintain a healthy weight by shedding some weight. When you maintain a healthy weight, you have successfully lowered your risk of developing 13 cancers, including bowel cancer, breast cancer, and cancers of the esophagus, gallbladder, and pancreas.
While bowel and breast cancers are prevalent, the other kinds are challenging to treat.
- Breast Cancer Prevention.
As we have mentioned, exercises can help to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. But how?
First, it helps you maintain a healthy weight. We have ascertained that. And aside from your weight, there are other ways exercises can help.
Secondly, exercise helps to reduce your risk of breast cancer by strengthening your immune system. A more robust immune system means a reduced cancer risk.
Finally, exercise plays a role in moderating hormonal levels in your body, which helps reduce your risk of cancer.
Hormones are chemical substances in your blood. They mainly act as messengers. They tell your body what to do, how, and when to do it. Insulin and Estrogen are examples of hormones that are concerned with the growth of cells in your breast. If not moderated, they can cause the cells to divide without control, resulting in breast cancer.
Exercise helps reduce the levels of these two hormones, helping to reduce your risk of breast cancer.
- Bowel Cancer Prevention
Remember, we mentioned that a healthy weight is essential to reduce your risk of bowel cancer. But how is that possible?
Exercises help speed up the digestion process, making sure harmful waste is not left in the digestive system for too long, which helps reduce the possibility of bowel cancer.
It is also possible for exercises to help with reducing the inflammation in your bowels which can lead to bowel cancer. You’ll find out more about that in the next section.
- Reduces Inflammatory process
Exercises play a crucial role in reducing several kinds of inflammation. Did you know that inflammation is a very normal process? It occurs when your body or a part of your body is subjected to an injury or trauma.
Remember, they are normal processes. But too much of it, with an associated risk, can lead to cancer. Or increase your chances of getting one.
Exercise, on the other hand, helps to reduce this inflammation. Remember how exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight? Yes! A healthy weight means less fat. Less fat means a lower risk of inflammation in your body. And all these translate to lower cancer risk.
The Bottom Line
Exercises are good for you, your family, and your loved ones. Outside of their many benefits, they also help reduce your risk of developing cancer, from breast cancer to other bowel cancers.
Although exercise doesn’t reduce your risk of developing cancer, like cancer of the lungs, you can’t deny the fun and excitement that comes with playing your favorite games with family and loved ones. This, too, counts as exercise and can help lower your cancer risks.