Walk ‘Til You Drop

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Taking frequent walks is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. Free and easy, walking can either be a social activity or blissfully solitary.

 

A study conducted by the American Cancer Society tracked almost 74,000 postmenopausal women for 17 years. The researchers found that those who walked seven hours or more each week had a 14 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who walked three hours or less. In addition, women who exercised vigorously for one hour a day had a 25 percent lower risk of developing the disease. (This lower risk was true for both estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancers.) Even more encouraging—the prevention benefits applied to women of all weight levels.

 

And walking isn’t only useful for preventing cancer. It also enhances the quality of life and energy levels in patients and survivors, while greatly improving a person’s mood. Experts aren’t sure how or why walking helps prevent breast cancer, but they believe it may be due to better regulated hormone levels. Commit to walking two or more miles several days a week.

 

Last, while any walking speed is better for you than sitting, it’s best to walk at a moderate pace of three to four miles an hour to achieve maximum benefits.

 

 

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