Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Lose Weight and Reduce Your Cancer Risk

According to research, approximately 33% of cancers could be prevented through good nutrition, moderate amounts of exercise and by maintaining a proper weight. Unfortunately, according to a survey by the World Cancer Research Fund, 50% of people are unaware that being overweight is a direct contributing cause of cancer.

Overweight and obesity is correlated with breast, prostrate, bladder, esophageal, bowel, endometrial and skin cancers, along with cancers of the mouth, larynx and pharynx.

Scientists believe that after not smoking (or quitting), the most important action you can take to reduce your risk of cancer is maintaining a healthy weight.

What are you doing to reduce your risk of cancer? Are you at a proper weight? Do you eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet? Do you have a physically active lifestyle?

Regular exercise will...

* reduce your risk of a multitude of diseases
* help get rid of excess body fat
* improve mental alertness
* increase your energy and self confidence
* build muscle and bone to help you stay active and independent as you age

(For a more complete list of benefits, go here)

You don't need to spend hours in the gym to get health and fat loss benefits. For optimum results, you need to ignore the outdated fitness info that is still too prevalent in magazines, books and on TV.

Stop thinking of cardio as the most important aspect of your fat loss exercise program. Find a good strength training program that consists primarily of compound exercises and use weights that will challenge you in about 8-10 reps. (No, ladies, you will not turn into the Incredible Hulk by using more than 3 lb. pink dumbbells.)

Hours of boring, steady state cardio just increases your body's efficiency and you end up burning fewer and fewer calories during your workouts. Not an effective or efficient way to drop fat. Instead, do cardio intervals or bodyweight circuits.

If you're in the Lancaster, PA area and are ready to get in great shape mentally, physically and emotionally, call me at (717) 509-7777.


P.S. If you aren't local and can't work with me, check out Craig Ballantyne's Turbulence Training program. And, regardless of your age, if you're in need of motivation, take a look at Jon Benson's Fit Over Forty.

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