A good reason for girls and women to walk

Posted 02/14/2014 | By HealthCorps

One of the first fitness tracking tools that Dr. Oz shared with his HealthCorps team was a pedometer.  He knows the importance of daily steps and how walking can help to improve ones’ health profile.  Dr. Oz also knows that walking is free and it’s also relatively easy to fit a walk into your day.  Researchers continue to look at the ways that walking impacts a person’s health.

A new study from the American Cancer Society suggests that there is a clear link between walking and reduced risk of developing breast cancer.  The study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (2013;22 {10}, 1906-12) examined over 70,000 participants already involved  in a separate cohort study.   At the end of the study, researchers extrapolated that the most active women also had a 25% lower risk of breast cancer, compared to the less active women.  About 47% of the women participants reported that walking was their only formal exercise.  Walking also gave women a reduced risk when compared to the group of women in the study who did not walk, but did engage in housework.

We often think of housework as a form of fitness, but according to this study you need to engage in a walking program to gain the reduced breast cancer risk benefits noted in this particular study, even if you think your daily housework provides a physical challenge.  Another interesting observation was that active walkers achieved this breast cancer risk reduction irrespective of their weight, blood pressure or BMI status.

The message is clear – Get a walking habit into your life!!

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