Today is the first day of Spring and boy am I ready for it!
I bet all of us are because it sure has been a tough winter. I am so excited to get out for a good long walk with Tucker (our Pembroke Welsh Corgi, a la the Queen of England's pets) later today.
And then I saw a wonderful article on my Google home page first thing this morning, about the benefits of exercise in reducing women's risk of breast cancer with the headline "Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk For All Women Everywhere!
Talk about a perfect recommendation for a beautiful spring day like today!
It's a very simple thing, according to this and many other articles I've read. Exercise of any kind reduces women's risk of breast cancer, no matter how old they are, no matter how much they weigh and no matter when they start.
What could be better!
The study involved more than 4 million woman around the world from 1987 to 2013, which is a pretty large group of participants. The study shows that the more active you are, the greater the benefit, but even modest exercise has been shown to reduce risk. The data, from researchers in France was recently presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Glasgow, Ireland.
I would encourage all of my readers to get out there and exercise: take a walk, get out on your bike, go to the gym, or simply do some modest exercise and stretching at home, but do something NOW because it's one of the only things I've ever heard of that can help reduce breast cancer no matter when it's started. It's a no-brainer to me.
The study showed that the average reduction in risk of breast cancer when you exercise is 12% but can go as high as 25% with higher and longer levels of activity.
Even women who are post menopause see these benefits so there's no downside to starting NOW, even if you're in my age range (ahem.....I like to consider myself to be mid-life, not middle aged; a subtle but important nuance in my mind).
So as soon as I'm done with all my client conference calls, I'm going to be going out for a walk with Tucker on this beautiful Vernal Equinox day (so much better to hear those words, than the words we've been bandying about all winter -- Polar Vortex)!
What about you? Were you able to get out and about on this beautiful day?
Claudia Schmidt blogs at http://www.myleftbreast.net
You can also reach her on Twitter @claudoo
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