Saturday, June 17

Five hours of weekly exercise can prevent cancer.

If you need one more motivation to always move, think about this: According to a study by the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, if everyone started exercising more, the United States could be able to prevent tens of thousands of cancer cases each year. Between 2013 and 2016, researchers examined adult cancer diagnoses and the self-reported physical activity of more than 500,000 U.S. adults in each state and the District of Columbia. Scientists calculated that fewer than 300 minutes of exercise each week, or around 46,000 cancer cases annually, could be linked to inactivity. 

More physically active individuals had decreased rates of stomach, uterine, colon, esophageal, breast, and bladder cancers, especially those who engaged in at least 300 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity, such as brisk walking. That translates to almost 43 minutes each day. This observational study's limitations prevent it from proving that increased physical exercise lowers cancer risk. Strong evidence, however, suggests that this level of activity is also linked to a lower risk of dementia, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and possibly several prevalent cancers. Raising people's understanding of implicit bias may be one method to lessen workplace discrimination. Implicit prejudice is the term for people's unintentional preconceptions and beliefs about particular racial or ethnic groups, which may underlie some discriminatory behaviours. These tests, which were developed at Harvard and other colleges, allow you to investigate implicit biases.

Training in stress management has been shown to lower blood pressure in individuals. Numerous methods for reducing stress might have comparable advantages. Regular relaxation exercises or brief mindfulness meditations, establishing coping mechanisms for negative thoughts, and getting enough exercise can all be beneficial.
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