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Exercise To Prevent Colon Cancer

Exercise gets the waste in your body moving and reduces the risk of colon cancer. This is because exercise stimulates peristalsis, a wave-like muscular contraction that helps push waste through your colon. Exercise also tends to reduce the incidence of other risk factors for colon cancer, such as obesity and diabetes.

A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of developing cancer of the colon or rectum. There are a lot of reasons for this. The longer waste sits in the colon or rectum, the longer toxic materials have to leach out of the solidifying stool and back into your tissues.

Why should I care?
Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths for women and men combined. This is probably the case throughout the world.

In fact, more lives are lost each year to colorectal cancer than to AIDS and breast cancer combined. If you love yourself and you love the people who care about you, you have good reasons to care about preventing colon cancer.

Non-intentional Exercise
Intentional exercise seems to be less important than simply leading an active lifestyle. In general, people don't have to go to the gym three-to-five times a week for an hour in order to reduce their risk of developing colorectal cancer.

People can reduce their risk by increasing physical activity in their daily lives. This can be accomplished by choosing a distant parking space, taking the stairs, shopping, cleaning, going for walks, playing with children or pets, and a multitude of other activities.

Intentional exercise
Intentional exercise requires setting aside specific time each day or week for exercising as distinct from engaging in activities that come naturally.

It's hard to do if you're forcing it upon yourself. So, I recommend making a real effort to find a fun, physical past-time. Team sports like volleyball, basketball, hockey, and tennis are great for a lot of people. Individual sports like skating, swimming, walking, and running are great for others. Personality can determine what type of activity that will be right for you.

Exercising helps prevent colon cancer and makes you feel better and it can be fun. Why not incorporate a bit more exercise into your daily routine and reduce your risk of colon cancer?

11/02/04







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