Hide Their Phones & Laptops
Mamas, don't let your daughters grow up without exercising. That's the advice from researchers at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, who analyzed the health records of almost 75,000 women ages 40 to 70 and found that those who reported having engaged in exercise as teenagers significantly cut their risk of early death later in life compared to non-exercisers. Specifically, women who exercised regularly each week when they were 16 to 19 years old ran a 16 percent lower risk of dying from cancer as middle-aged adults or older, and a 20 percent lower risk if they still exercised. There were similarly reduced rates of death from all causes. The study did not distinguish between types of exercise, and found that survival benefits seemed to peak at 80 minutes per week.
Just 7 Hours a Week Does It
A study that followed 73,000 post-menopausal women aged 50 or older for seventeen years has found that those who walk for a total of seven or more hours per week, even if they engage in no other recreational activity, reduce their risk of breast cancer by 14 percent, compared to those who walk less. Physical exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of a number of cancers, but this is the first time that merely walking has been found to have that effect. Since over 60 percent of women already do some walking daily, health experts are hopeful that a campaign promoting more of it could be a simple and effective way to increase women’s level of daily physical activity, along with the health benefits that result, without requiring formal exercise programs or workout facilities.