Another Study Showing the Health Benefits of Exercise

It comes as no surprise to us at Towers Health & Racquets Club that yet another study has been published this week showing the health benefits of exercise, this time relating to cancer recovery. This is just the latest in a series of recent studies demonstrating that many of the health problems suffered by adults in middle and old age are related to sedentary life styles and a lack of exercise.

In February, a separate and large study in the US reported that regular sleep and exercise patterns helped to cut the risk of stroke (see note 1).

According to the findings of this latest study, newly diagnosed cancer patients should be told to diet and exercise, amid mounting evidence that shedding the pounds is the best way to fight the disease.

A daily brisk walk of just 25 minutes was found to almost halve mortality among breast cancer sufferers, while a waistline larger than 35 inches increased death rates by one third.

Results from a slew of trials showed “powerful” and “groundbreaking” evidence of the benefits of a slim waistline, with weight-loss and exercise helping even those with advanced cancer. Even those who took little exercise before diagnosis saw major benefits.

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There are already local cardiac rehabilitation programmes in place in Bedfordshire to enable those who have suffered a cardiac “incidents” get the supervised exercise programmes they need to consolidate and speed their recovery process. It seems inevitable from these findings that this type of programme will eventually be extended into other areas such as cancer care.

At Towers Health and Racquets Club we are looking forward to helping our members maintain healthy life styles through regular exercise, and hopefully having some fun at the same time!

  • Study from Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine, who presented their findings at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles. 288,888 adults took part in the survey from 2004 to 2013.