No matter what your age, it’s never too late to start exercising.
Just a 30 minute walk per day can reduce your risk of breast cancer by 10 percent if you are over 50. Even if you did a lot of exercise previously, unfortunately that doesn’t count if you’ve stopped now.
As part of an ongoing European investigation into cancer and nutrition (the EPIC Study), researchers analysed data from questionnaires completed by 59,308 post menopausal women, and looked at when women should start regular physical activity and how long the effects last.
They found that even moderately intense physical activity seemed to have a rapid impact on breast cancer risk. Conversely, when the exercise stopped, so did the benefits of decreased breast cancer risk.
The researchers concluded that post menopausal women who exercise should be encouraged to continue and those who do not exercise should consider starting because their risk of breast cancer may decrease rapidly.
How much is enough? The report, printed in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention recommends walking four hours per week or cycling or engaging in other sports two hours per week.
This is in line with the World Cancer Research Fund recommendations of walking at least 30 minutes daily.
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