The average weight gain for most Americans is 1-2 pounds per year. WHile this does not sound alarming the problem really begins when those 1-2 pounds start adding up year after year. Carrying those extra poubnds means being physically active gets more straining on your body.
Unfortunately eating healthy foods alone may not do the trick. Regular activity is key in keeping yourself physically fit. Being physically fit also means looking and feeling healthier and younger! Researchers have found that exercise itself has a unique important health benefit. It is highly unlikely that being physically active only on weekends will help if you have a sedentary lifestyle the other 5 days a week. Activity even in small doses daily will help ward off those extra pounds.
After reviewing thousands of research studies to analyze how diet, activity and body weight are linked to cancer risk, the panel of 21 experts who prepared a report on this issue have found the physical activity is essential in lowering the risk of cancer. Together with eating healthy and a healthy body weight, and a good level of physical activity the chance of getting any type of cancer decreases substantially.
These same scientists have convincing evidence that physical activity protects against colon cancer. It probably also protects against breast cancer (in post menopausal women) and endometrial cancer as well.
The recommendation is at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day, everyday!
Being active makes the body respond better to insulin it produces. Other perks that come with physical activity are a stronger immune system, a well functioning digestive system and less a chance for osteoporosis for women. While 30 minutes of exercise per day lowers cancer risk, preventing weight gain requires 60 minutes per day. Examples of moderate exercise are brisk walking (about 3.5 miles per hour) or swimming at a leisurely pace. Thirty minutes of daily vigorous activity, like tennis or running (5 miles per hour) can replace the 60 minutes of daily moderate exercise.