Exercise Lowers Your Risk of Cancer

imagesExercise is even more beneficial than previously thought. We all know the benefits of running: stronger bodies, heart, lower weight, stay in good cardiovascular shape, etc. Now we have more reason to run.

The National Cancer Institute researched dozens of cancer studies throughout both the United States and Europe and published their review in JAMA Internal Medicine. They compared the people who exercised more than 90 percent of everyone else in the study to those who exercised hardly at all.

They found that participants exercised an average of 2.5 hours each week from the 1.4 million participants.

People who exercised the most had the following:

42 percent lower risk of esophageal cancer
27 percent lower risk of liver cancer
26 percent lower risk of lung cancer
23 percent lower risk of kidney cancer
22 percent lower risk of stomach cancer
21 percent lower risk of endometrial cancer
20 percent lower risk of myeloid leukemia
17 percent lower risk of myeloma
16 percent lower risk of colon cancer
15 percent lower risk of head and neck cancer
13 percent lower risk of rectal cancer
13 percent lower risk of bladder cancer
10 percent lower risk of breast cancer

The researchers hope this encourages people to exercise.

In addition, another study shows that those who exercise have brains that look 10 years younger than those who don’t.

In a study published in the journal Neurology, researchers showed that good exercise can extend your brain function by a decade. You do need to do higher-impact exercise. Walking, bowling and golf do not count. The findings are based on nearly 900 older adults who took standard tests of memory, attention and other mental skills at an average age of 71.

That’s good news for runners!