Thursday January 23, 2020

Improving Fitness can Help You Cut Cancer Risk

Those in the highest fitness category had a 77 per cent decreased risk of developing lung cancer and 61 per cent decreased risk of developing colorectal cancer

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Cancer Ribbon. Pixabay

While a high fitness level is already known to have a positive impact on conditions like heart disease, a new study suggests that adults who are more fit have the lowest risk of developing lung and colorectal cancer compared with those who have low fitness levels.

For the study, the research team examined 49,143 adults who underwent exercise stress testing from 1991-2009 and followed them for a median of 7.7 years.

Those in the highest fitness category had a 77 per cent decreased risk of developing lung cancer and 61 per cent decreased risk of developing colorectal cancer, the results showed.

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Women participate in a fitness class lead by Kira Stokes, right, at NYSC Lab in New York, May 11, 2017. VOA

The study, published in the journal Cancer, showed that among individuals who developed lung cancer, those with the highest fitness had a 44 per cent decreased risk of dying during follow-up, and among adults who developed colorectal cancer, those with the highest fitness had an 89 per cent decreased risk.

“Our findings are one of the first, largest, and most diverse cohorts to look at the impact of fitness on cancer outcomes,” said Catherine Handy Marshall, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the US.

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“Fitness testing is commonly done today for many people in conjunction with their doctors. Many people might already have these results and can be informed about the association of fitness with cancer risk in addition to what fitness levels mean for other conditions, like heart disease,” Marshall added. (IANS)

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It’s Time to Switch to Non-Traditional Workouts

Bored of the treadmill? Try an acrobatic workout

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Sticking to only the treadmill can also get the body accustomed to low intensity workouts and that is why you should go for acrobatic workouts. Wikimedia Commons

Thinking of shedding those extra kilos and getting fit? One usually imagines endless hours on the treadmill – but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Considered to be a great cardiovascular workout, a run for a few minutes on the treadmill machine helps in keeping the body active. But despite this benefit, sticking to a treadmill can often get boring and monotonous, says Fitternity’s Senior Vice President, Dhara Tanna.

Sticking to only the treadmill can also get the body accustomed to low intensity workouts, which, in turn makes the body burn calories slowly.

Have fun with your exercise routine and switch it up with multiple non-traditional workouts, from the Aerial Hoop to Mallakham to Body Combat.

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Find your inner acrobat and enjoy becoming fit and toned with the Aerial Hoop workouts. Wikimedia Commons

Aerial Hoop

Find your inner acrobat and enjoy becoming fit and toned with the Aerial Hoop workout. This full body workout helps in improving the muscle-strength of the arms, shoulders and upper body while building on flexibility, balance and coordination. It also helps to boost mental health, as concentration plays a major role throughout the workout.

Mallakhamb

This ancient Indian sport is famous for improving concentration; speed and flexibility while balancing your body weight on a wooden beam. This full-body workout strengthens the core, increases suppleness in the body and improves mental health while sharpening your focus.

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Calisthenics

This workout helps improve muscle strength and tone them too. It is the only workout form that helps in building muscle mass and strength without the use of weights. It contributes to flexibility, weight loss and endurance.

Non-traditional workout routines are picking up with fitness enthusiasts across the world– be it beginners or gym buffs. It’s time to jump onto the workout bandwagon. (IANS)