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Regular exercise reduces large number of health risks including dementia and some cancers
Date:11/15/2010

eased to an hour cancer incidence falls by 16 per cent.

  • Evidence is mixed when it comes to specific cancers. Research has shown a strong relationship between increased physical activity and reduced colon cancer in both sexes. And men who are more active at work - not just sitting at a desk - have lower rates of prostate cancer.

  • Other cancer studies show that physical activity after diagnosis can aid recovery and improve outcomes.

  • Studies have also shown that men who are physically active are less likely to experience erection problems.

  • There is growing evidence that physical activity could decrease the risk of dementia in the elderly.

    Recommendations identified by the review include:

    • Healthy adults aged between 18 and 65 should aim for 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week, such as 30 minutes of brisk walking, five days a week. And people who undertake more vigorous intensity exercise, such as jogging, should aim for 20 minutes three days a week.

    • Healthy adults should aim for two strength-training sessions a week that work with the body's major muscle groups.

    • Older people can benefit from exercise that helps to maintain their balance and flexibility.

    • People who are physically active should continue to exercise even when they become middle aged or elderly and those who aren't should increase their physical activity.

    • Not smoking and following a healthy diet is also important.

    "Ideally, to gain maximum health benefits people should exercise, not smoke, eat a healthy diet and have a body mass index of less than 25" says Mr Alford. "The more of these healthy traits an individual has, the less likely they are to develop a range of chronic disorders. Even if people can't give up smoking and maintain a healthy weight, they can still gain health benefits from increasing the amount of regul
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