Human’s are built to move….
NOT working your body is NOT helping your health , or your ability to fight illnessw studies are confirming….
“Today, exercise is so well accepted for its wide range of physical and mental health benefits that it is sometimes hard to fully appreciate the earlier days, when so many aspects were still unknown and we were working through the research methods,” says Graham Colditz, who has been studying the cancer-exercise connection for nearly three decades and led a groundbreaking 1999 study that showed women who engaged in seven or more hours of moderate or vigorous exercise weekly had nearly a 20 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who reported exercising less than one hour a week.
“People have been making the link between physical activity and good health for centuries, but good evidence on its impact on specific diseases and longer life are relatively recent,” says Colditz, deputy director of the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis.
By the 1980s, the links between regular physical activity and cardiovascular health “and the ability of physical activity to help add years to one’s life were being better understood,” Colditz adds. “For cancer, the research took a bit longer to emerge.”
Early studies initially focused on the connection between high physical activity jobs — letter carriers, for example — and colon cancer and “showed strong links between activity and a lower risk,” Colditz says.
Since then, “the field of exercise oncology has exploded,” says Elizabeth Salerno, an assistant professor of surgery at Washington University’s School of Medicine and a co-author of the cognition study. “We have found consistent and compelling evidence that physical activity plays an important role in cancer prevention and control.” These include bladder, breast, colon, endometrial, esophageal, renal and gastric cancers, according to a growing body of research….