Do you have a mom, daughter, sister, cousin or aunt that you love? How about a girlfriend or even yourself? Well, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month so it’s time to put on your sneakers (or encourage the women in your life) to get out on a sidewalk or local trail to keep healthy! Yes….you guessed it – walking can help prevent breast cancer.
There was a great articles on the topic published in The New York Time “How Walking May Lower Breast Cancer Risk” by Gretchen Reynolds. Reynolds talks about how physical activity including something as simple as walking can reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.
Researchers found that women who walked at least seven hours per week, usually distributed as an hour a day, had 14 percent less risk of developing breast cancer than those who walked for fewer than three hours per week, a significant reduction in risk.
Proportionately, “women who were the most active, sweating vigorously for up to 10 hours each week, realized an even greater benefit, with 25 percent less risk of developing breast cancer than those women who exercised the least.”
If you live and/or work in Southeast PA, you likely have access to a trail within 15 minutes of where you live: 15 minutes by foot, car or public transportation. So get out there with your loved ones (including yourself) enjoy the autumn weather and help your body stave off breast cancer!
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