A walk in the park, a few laps around the mall, or a leisurely bike ride is all you need to do to reap the rewards associated with exercise. Research shows that exercise is one of the best forms of prevention for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, depression and anxiety. Exercise is also one of the best lifestyle choices you can make for the prevention of certain types of cancer, such as breast and colon cancer.
The members of the naturopathic medicine team at CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center recently achieved our naturopathic medicine board certification in oncology. The American Board of Naturopathic Oncology oversees a credentialing process for this board certification that allows NDs to achieve fellowship status in Naturopathic Oncology. As part of this certification, I personally reviewed over 100 scientific papers on oncology.
Whether you’re a women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer trying to prevent recurrence, a man undergoing treatment for colon cancer, or a woman with advanced stage breast cancer wanting to live optimally during her cancer treatments, I stress the value and benefit of exercise with all my patients.
The Health, Eating, Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL) study was designed to look at lifestyle factors, such as eating and physical activity, of patients diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in order to determine lifestyle factors that influence various parameters, including survival and recurrence rates.
I repeat—exercise is beneficial! You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to receive the benefits of exercise. You begin to see and feel the benefits of just 30 minutes of brisk walking five days per week. When it comes to exercise, doing something is better than doing nothing.