By Sarah Te Slaa, Multimedia Producer/ Anchor - email
The exercise doesn't have to be strenuous, but just getting up and moving around can be helpful.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness month. There are several ways to keep the cancer at bay. One of the ways to decrease your risk for getting cancer is to get moving.
Whether it's walking, biking, or lifting weights, getting a little exercise everyday will benefit your health. It may also keep cancer away.
"Studies show that people who get 30 to 60 minutes of exercise daily have a less risk or less change of getting cancer," says Jacque Perez, the Wellness Director at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
According to the Center for Disease Control, studies suggest that you can reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer by increasing physical activity.
"Hopefully just knowing that will kind of trigger a light bulb in some people and will be like 'well, if I start exercising and that reduces my risk, then it would be well worth it," says Perez.
She says it doesn't have to be strenuous, but just getting up and moving around can be helpful.
"I wouldn't be picky as to what type of exercise they are doing as long as they are doing something to their body to keep it active," says Perez. "It can just be walking, garden work, or doing some gentle stretching. Just some sort of physical activity for that amount of time daily can reduce your chances."
She also says that getting a little exercise can benefit anyone who's already been diagnosed with cancer.
"They are finding that exercise is one of the best things they can do to fight off fatigue and improve their quality of life and maintaining daily activities that if they were to sit at home and rest that they would kind of lose throughout treatment," says Perez.
The YMCA in South Sioux City, Nebraska has teamed up with the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City to offer a special program for people going through cancer treatments and cancer survivors. The program is free and it includes a free gym membership and a chance for cancer patients to meet with a wellness coach and a dietician about their specific needs.
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