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Cancer

04 November 2011

Too much sitting raises cancer risk

The hours you spend sitting may be increasing your risk for cancer, just as the time you spend exercising can reduce the risk.

The hours Americans spend sitting may be increasing their risk for cancer, just as the time they spend exercising can reduce the risk, according to new research.

For colon cancer, regular exercise can reduce the risk up to 35%, Friedenreich said. "There's a dose response –that means more physical activity lowers the risk more," Friedenreich said. The same is true for breast cancer, where exercise can reduce the risk up to 25%.

  • Take a short walk, even down the hall, every hour -- set the timer on your computer to remind you.
  • Take a walk with co-workers to discuss issues; don't just use email.
  • Use light weights while you're on the phone or reading emails.
  • Stand up while you talk on the phone and walk around.
  • Use an office wall for stretching, doing vertical pus-hups or leg lifts.
       Put up a punching bag or chin-up bar in the break room.

 

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