Colon Cancer Prevention Exercise

Exercising regularly is one of the most effective ways of preventing colon cancer. Regular exercise keeps the body and bowels moving, meaning less waste product gets absorbed into the system.

Studies and research have shown that regular exercise reduces the risk for colon cancer by approximately 40 percent. In addition, exercise lowers the risk for other conditions that are risk factors for colon cancer, like diabetes and obesity.

This doesn’t mean everyone needs to go join a gym or buy a room full of exercise equipment. Incorporating exercise into your lifestyle and being active can be far easier than this, but just as beneficial.

A number of small changes can go a long way to increasing fitness levels and thereby lowering the risk of colon cancer and other harmful conditions:

  • doing your own house cleaning
  • getting and/or playing with a pet
  • going for walks
  • parking far away from store entrances
  • taking the stairs.

Once these active habits are incorporated into daily life, it’s far easier to gradually add regular exercise, like a sport or an enjoyable activity, into your routine as well.

Colon Cancer Exercise

Any new exercise routine should be discussed with a doctor. This is especially important for people with pre-existing health conditions or chronic pain.

If pain is keeping you from exercising, a doctor may be able to recommend exercise that are less strenuous on the pain site, or even prescribe medications. Regular use of aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can actually help to prevent colon cancer by suppressing the production of prostaglandin in the body.

Types of Colon Cancer Exercise

Many people enjoy team sports, and most cities have recreational leagues that people of any age can join. This type of exercise is also a great social activity.

Skating, swimming, walking and jogging are also fun activities for those who don’t enjoy group activity.

Exercise can be strenuous and wearing, or it can be relaxing, depending on individual preferences. Aerobics are a popular option for those who prefer cardio, while yoga and Pilates are popular exercise options for people who don’t enjoy high-energy, high-impact workouts. Yoga and Pilates are also great stress reducers.

Videos or DVDs that can be done in the home are great for hot days or days people just don’t feel like leaving the house, while activities like running or biking can add a bit of sun and scenery to an exercise routine.

To keep motivated, try keeping a calendar or some other list that keeps track of how often you’ve exercised and what types of exercise you’ve done. Switching between a bunch of activities will keep you from getting bored or getting into an exercise rut.

Things to Remember

Regular exercise doesn’t generally come all at once. Adding too much exercise all at once is usually frustrating. Starting out gradually and working up to fitness goals is the best way to stick with an exercise and fitness plan.

A support system of family members or friends can help keep you on track as well. Try exercising with someone, or even just sharing your plan with someone else.

Setbacks are normal for everyone starting a new exercise plan. Don’t let one setback make you abandon your whole exercise plan.

Resources

About.com (2006). Exercising to Prevent Colon Cancer. Retrieved June 20, 2007, from the About.com Web site: http://coloncancer.about.com/od/preventiveactions/a/Exercise2PrevCC.htm.

American Cancer Society (2007). Colon Cancer and Exercise. Retrieved June 20, 2007, from the American Cancer Society Web site: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/NWS/content/NWS_1_1x_Colon_Cancer_and_Exercise.asp.

American Cancer Society (2007). Make Exercise Work for You. Retrieved June 20, 2007, from the American Cancer Society Web site: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/PED_6_1X_Tips_on_Maintaining_Your_Exercise_Program.asp.