We all know that exercising has amazing health benefits, especially from a body-mass-index and cardiovascular perspective. Still, if you’re struggling to find motivation to get up and exercise each morning, perhaps we can provide another incentive?
You may not be thinking of your workout routine in terms of a larger cancer prevention plan, but with each weight that you lift or each lap that you run, you’re reducing your relative risk of breast cancer. In fact, 30 minutes of exercise on most days can reduce your risk by 10-20% compared to someone that isn’t exercising at all.
The key to exercising for risk reduction is getting your heart rate up and breaking a sweat. Not too complicated, right? We’ve put together some of the best workout methods to get these proactive benefits!
If you’re focused on making your workouts more fun and sustainable, cycling classes can be a great place to start! This trendy workout stays popular because of the club-like atmosphere commonly associated with classes. Flashing lights and pop music make it so you won’t even be able to see how sweaty you are until it’s over! And, these classes will also build strength in your legs and glutes without being too hard on your joints.
There’s a reason supermodels like Gigi Hadid look to kickboxing routines to stay in shape. Stress relief and sometimes, self-defense skills are added benefits to this type of exercise. You’re sure to get your heart pumping, especially if you tackling speed-focused combos like the ones Gigi is trying in this video.
Don’t worry, President Underwood from House of Cards isn’t the only person in on the rowing craze. New studios focused on this total body workout are popping up all around the country. You control the cardio aspect with frequency of reps and you’re working your upper and lower body with each row.
4. Jump Rope Circuit Training
Who knew that one of the best workouts for you came from elementary school recess? Combining the heart-rate raising benefits of jumping rope with strength building sets can help you get the most bang for your buck in a short amount of time. There are a lot of free circuits for you to try on the Internet, like this one and this one.
5. Outdoor Runs
There is a reason why popping out for a run never goes out of style. It’s a great way to break a sweat while also getting some fresh air. The Vitamin D exposure also helps reduce your risk of both breast and ovarian cancer. With warmer weather just around the corner, now’s the time to work this into your exercise routine!
To learn if some of your other lifestyle habits also have the bonus of reducing your risk of cancer, check out our digital quiz at AssessYourRisk.org. As you answer each question, check out the sidebar for facts about how your lifestyle influences your risk! At the end, you’ll receive a personalized overview of your risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
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