You’ve probably heard that poor nutrition and lack of physical activity can lead to so called “lifestyle” diseases namely high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems and type II diabetes. But did you know that inactivity and a lousy diet increases cancer risk?
A recent report from the National Cancer Institute, highlights the effects of excess weight and lack of physical activity on cancer risk. Esophageal adenocarcinoma, cancers of the colon and rectum, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, endometrial cancer, and breast cancer among postmenopausal women are all associated with being overweight or obese.
WHAT TO DO?
No matter your age, your fitness level or social status – exercise WILL make you feel better. As a Pilates instructor I’ve worked with retirees, lawyers, insurance executives and school teachers – some are uber athletes some are just getting started. ALL are happier for having exercised. As Joseph Pilates has said, to be physically fit is to return to LIFE.
BEYOND DISEASE PREVENTION
So while being active and eating right will do much to prevent diseases, how about just feeling better about who you are? How about igniting your spirit? Finding joy? Feeling powerful and strong? How about simply climbing those stairs without feeling fatigued?
Each day is a new opportunity to start anew.