Lauren McCullough, PhD epidemiologist at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, reported on a study some 3,000 women who exercised moderately for ten hours a week. The women were both pre-menopausal and postmenopausal. The exercise included gardening and walking both considered in the moderate exercise category. The conclusion of the study was that the moderate exercisers had a thirty percent lower risk for developing breast cancer than women who were sedentary. Researchers believe that the risk lowers for those who exercise because in addition to causing the body to reduce body fat, exercise enhances cell repair and may increase antioxidants.
If you need another reason to start exercising, cutting the risk of breast cancer could be a good one. If you've been thinking you "should" start exercising but haven't, remember this study was done with women who exercise moderately. If you need to get started and need some motivation, hypnotherapy can be of valuable tool to get moving, cut the risk of breast cancer and BE WELL.