Skip to main content

« Back

Exercise Can Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

Apr 3, 2015

We all know that exercise is good for your health, but did you know that exercise can help prevent chronic diseases such as cancer? Exercise is very important for energy balance and is a key factor in a person’s weight, diet, and physical health. Research done by The National Cancer Institute provides strong evidence that exercise reduces the risk of colon, and breast cancer. The research also links physical activity to the reduced risk of endometrial, lung, and prostate cancer. In addition to reducing risk, exercise can also improve the energy balance, quality of life, and reduce stress and fatigue.

The National Cancer Institute and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that adults “engage in moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 30 minutes on five or more days of the week,” or “engage in vigorous-intensity physical activity for at least 20 minutes on three or more days of the week”. Other studies suggested that the more physical activity you can get the greater the reduction of risk. This means that you should increase the physical activity in your life whenever possible. Take the stairs, stay on your feet, walk instead of drive short distances, get up from your desk more frequently, and don’t forget to hit the gym!

Works Cited

"Exercise and Cancer." Exercise and Cancer. N.p., 3 Aug. 2014. Web. 03 Apr. 2015.

Lee, A, Su, D, Pasalich, Maria, Wong, Y, Binns, C, 2013, ‘Habitual physical activity reduces risk of ovarian cancer: A case–control study in southern China’, Preventative Medicine, vol. 57 Supplement, pp. S31-S33.

"Physical Activity and Cancer." National Cancer Institute. National Cancer Institute, n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2015.

"Physical Activity, Exercise and Cancer." : Cancer Research UK. Cancer Research UK, n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2015.


Schedule a complimentary fit evaluation so we can get to know you and your goals and build you a customized training program to reach them.