Adopt a Physically Active Lifestyle

Physical activity has long been promoted for its ability to reduce our risk for many conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Furthermore, current research points to the ability of physical activity to reduce our risk for developing several types of cancers.

Physical Activity helps prevent cancer in two main ways:
  • Helps you maintain (or achieve) a healthy, stable body weight throughout life
  • Increases the overall health and efficiency of your body's organs and tissues

The American Cancer Society recommends engaging in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on five or more days of the week. These activities include those which require more exertion than your normal tasks, and are not done on a regular basis as part of your daily routine.

To maximize the health benefits of physical activity, the American Cancer Society recommends 45 to 60 minutes of intentional physical activity on most days of the week. Although this amount of exercise will provide you with the most health benefits, remember that progressing at a pace which is appropriate to your individual situation is most important.

If you do not currently follow an exercise routine, consult your physician before beginning. 

Regardless of your fitness level, remember to choose a form of exercise that is enjoyable to you. Finding ways to fit activity into your day, rather than planning a formal workout session is an effective way for people to become more active. Remember that physical activity can be enjoyable and even fun. A night spent dancing with loved ones or briskly waking your four-legged friends will help you achieve your physical fitness goals while also having fun.

Read more about the role of Physical Activity in preventing cancer

American Institute for Cancer Research
American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Enjoyable Physical Activities in Santa Barbara

Bike Riding

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