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Brisk walking sheds pounds

1st September 2010

Experts say that brisk walking could help combat breast and bowel cancer.


The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) scientists also suggest that any moderate activity that makes the heart beat faster should achieve the same.

They believe that in the UK, some 10,000 cases of breast and bowel cancer could be prevented every year through exercise such as brisk walking.

The organisation’s head of science, Dr Rachel Thompson, said by making small changes to their daily routine people could achieve significant health gains.

Data suggests that moderate exercise every day for about three quarters of an hour could prevent about 5,500 cases of breast cancer.

And the WCRF say it does not have to be exercise all at once and that what is important is the total time spent exercising with a number of shorter periods of activity being just as beneficial.

Dr Thompson said: “There is now strong evidence that being physically active is important for cancer prevention. Even relatively modest increases in activity levels could prevent thousands of cancer cases in the UK every year.

“These figures also show you do not have to go to the gym every day to benefit. You can reduce your cancer risk just by making small changes and this is highlighted by the fact that so many cancer cases could be prevented through something as simple as brisk walking.

“By taking up walking as a hobby or even walking to the shops instead of taking the bus or car, people can make a real difference to their health.”


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