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Published on March 12, 2014

Tired of the Winter? New Spring Exercise Trends

March 12, 2014

This has been a long and cold winter, and it’s time for the weather to change! It is time for all of us to get out of hibernation and get active. Getting active can be boring at times, but it can also be a time to try something new. Due to the strong link between exercise and a decrease in cancer risk, there are a few new thoughts for spring on how to incorporate activity into your day.

Research clearly shows that regular exercise and activity helps you stay at a healthy weight, strengthens your immune system, and lowers your risk for cancer. A recent study indicated that 15 minutes of exercise each day can increase your lifespan by 3 years! Ideally, we recommend 30 minutes of exercise, 4 times a week. Below is a chart showing the link to exercise and specific cancers.

exercise and cancer

New thoughts and ideas to incorporate activity into your daily life that may make it more interesting include:

  1. Doing two workouts in one by combining strength training and cardio. It allows muscles to work in combination and build muscle mass, increase metabolism, increase bone density, and decrease pain. All that in a few exercise moves!
  2. Dance fitness – Zumba, or using music can be a great motivator. You can join a class or do in your own home.

So now that spring is right around the corner, it’s time to dust off the winter cobwebs and get moving. Pick an activity that is best for you, raises your heart rate, strengthens your muscles, and you will feel better! If you get bored, it’s ok to change your activity. But the most important thing is to stay active. It will make you feel better and live a longer healthier life!

 

Melissa Stevens, DPT, CSCS
KishHealth System Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer

Image from AICR eNews, May 2, 2013

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