Did You Know?
- Any increase in activity is good for your health and will make you feel better.
- Being physically active can significantly lower the risk of developing serious health-related problems including many types of cancer.
- Each pound of muscle (1 pound = 0.45 kilograms) burns 75-100 calories every day simply by existing.
- Set goals you can reach. If you expect too much, you are likely to become discouraged and stop exercising. Instead, set small, manageable targets that you can measure easily.
- Healthy action helps promote weight loss and maintenance of ideal body weight.
- Physical activity helps decrease cardiovascular risk by making your heart pump efficiently. It improves circulation, muscular tone and helps reduce stress.
- Regular, moderate activity benefits the immune system.
What Can You Do?
- Make physical activity a regular part of your daily life to reduce or control your risk factors for cancer.
- Sneak activity into your everyday life – take the stairs instead of the lift, get off the bus a stop earlier and walk, go for a walk around the block in your lunch break, walk or bike the kids to school. If you’re a solo parent, try pairing up with a friend to train but do it at different times. Take it in turns to babysit while the other exercises.
- Try to achieve at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day - moderate exercise can be anything that leaves you feeling slightly out of breath. Even activities such as gardening or cleaning the house can count. If half an hour is too hard to find, try doing it in three chunks of ten minutes a day instead.