June 1, 2023

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Walking, house cleaning and gardening can save beautiful ladies from breast cancer. True, for this you will have to devote about 5 hours 45 minutes a day to light physical activity. This time of activity will reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 21 percent, scientists from the University of Glasgow calculated.

Experts say that there is nothing difficult for working ladies if, for example, they walk to and from work, walk at lunchtime, cook at least dinner and wash the dishes themselves, clean the apartment regularly and do other daily activities. .

Confirmation was found by observing 48,286 British women aged 39 to 71 who agreed to a large-scale study of health and lifestyle in the UK Biobank database. Ladies have been wearing fitness bracelets 24/7 for five and a half years.

The most active women (5 hours and 45 minutes of useful activity per day) had a 21% lower risk of developing breast cancer compared to those who were active for less than 4 hours and 30 minutes per day. Women’s weight, age, alcohol consumption and smoking status were taken into account.

And if you go for a run, then you can not wash the dishes? Dr. Carlos Celis-Morales, author of the study and fellow at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Health Sciences at the University of Glasgow, suggests that you should aim for about 6 hours of light activity per day, but if we talk about moderate and vigorous exercise, this will be an average of 1 hour 36 minutes a day, which will reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 22% compared with women who exercised the least in the selected group.

“People know that physical activity reduces the risk of cancer, but it can be difficult to push yourself to exercise vigorously,” says Dr. Carlos Celis-Morales. – The results of our study confirm that just an active lifestyle, without intense exercise, can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. This is further proof that every step you take matters, and gardening and walking are extremely important.

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– At least 2 hours 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week: cycling or brisk walking every week and strength training 2 or more days per week that engages all major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms) ).


– 75 minutes of active aerobic training per week: running or playing tennis every week and strength training 2 or more days per week that engages all major muscles.


– Just 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per week can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Regular physical activity also lowers blood pressure and stabilizes normal cholesterol levels.

– Exercise helps to avoid developing type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome – a combination of too much fat around the waist, high blood pressure, high blood sugar.

– Physical activity reduces the risk of several common cancers: Breast, colon, endometrial/uterine, esophagus, kidney, lung, stomach.

– The strength of the muscles allows you to keep the mobility and youth of the body longer.


Which is better – to exercise a couple of times a week for 2 hours or every day for 10 minutes?

– There is evidence that for adult non-athletic people it is still better to do several approaches for 10-15 minutes every day than 2-3 times a week for an hour or two. For health, it is better to expect that you will engage in physical education all the time, and not overstrain from time to time, – says the endocrinologist, candidate of medical sciences, senior researcher at the Faculty of Fundamental Medicine of Moscow State University, author of the channel “Doctor Pavlova” and the book “Deception of Substances” by Zukhra Pavlova. – The very first acquisition is a pleasant body tone. This will happen fairly quickly, in the first week.

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