Exercise: How Much is Enough?
Based on several recent large-scale studies exercise has emerged as a strong protective factor both for incidence and progression cancer in the prostate and breast. A landmark study in 2011 that followed 2700 men found that those who reported at least three hours/week of vigorous activity had a 61% lower risk of dying from prostate cancer than those who exercised less than one hour/week. All exercise is good exercise with recreational and leisure activity showing a decrease in mortality. But a proportionately decreased risk was seen when the intensity of exercise increased.
Similarly research with breast cancer populations has consistently shown cancer risk is reduced with exercise. Across 73 studies the average risk reduction is 25-30% for the highest versus lowest activity groups.
The American Cancer Society now recommends 60 minutes of moderate or 30 minutes of vigorous exercise every day. But what is meant by vigorous?" This is defined by any exercise that elevates your heart rate to approximately 70-90% of maximal heart rate (to figure maximal heart rate subtract your age from 220) or simply elevates your breathing to a level where holding a normal conversation is not possible. So for the longest healthiest life get moving and make the most of our workouts!
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How exercise can help combat fatigue
When hit with a bout of fatigue, it can be tempting to take a nap or give into a day of lounging. Counterintuitive as it may seem, getting up and participating in low- to moderate-intensity exercises when experiencing fatigue has been shown to help boost energy levels and reverse fatigue-related symptoms, according to multiple studies.
Where to Go for Care
When you or someone you love experiences an illness or injury, it’s sometimes hard to know where to go for medical care. The goal is to find the right level of care, at the right time and at the right cost. Distinguishing between primary, urgent and emergency care can make all the difference.
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