Adolescent Exercise Can Reduce The Risk Of Cancer

Exercise just keeps getting better. 

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Another point for physical activity! As if there weren’t enough reasons to get your kids involved in team sports and exercise, a new report found that youth athletic participation can reduce the risk of cancer-related death later in life.

Thousands of Chinese women, ages 40-70, were surveyed for almost 13 years. The results revealed that physical activity is an essential component of longevity.

Women who reported being physically active in their teens were found to be 16 percent less likely to die of cancer than women who were inactive in their adolescent years. Further, women who exercised in their teens and continued through adulthood reaped the biggest benefits, seeing a 20 percent lower risk of death by any cause, as compared to non-active women. 

And we’re not talking American Ninja Warrior training here. Just under 90 minutes of exercise per week is enough to do the trick!

Sarah J. Nechuta, a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and lead author of the study claimed that the study’s finding are applicable to all women, regardless of their geographic location.

A strategic director at the American Cancer Society, Alpa Patel, took the application two steps further. She said that there is no biological reason for men to be exempt from the findings, and adults who were inactive as teens can still profit from adding physical activity to their lifestyle.

So as you get your kids moving, it might not hurt to join them. 

For starters, try our "Get Fit in 5" exercise routine. Then, shake things up a bit with these inspiring ways to disguise workouts as play