One more study joins in to support the benefits of exercise.
Recent research has found that teens who exercise lessened their risk of cancer and all-cause mortality in adulthood. Here’s more good news: it only takes about an hour and a half or less every week of physical activity to significantly reduce risks.
The study gathered data from women aged 40 to 70 years old over a span 12.9 years. They also obtained information from the Shanghai Women’s Health Study (SWHS), a population-based study that includes data from 75,000 women in Shanghai.
At the beginning of the study, the participants were asked about their exercise habits when they were between the ages 13 and 19. Then, follow-ups were made every 2-3 years to gather blood samples, urine samples and information about their lifestyle.
In the span of the study, researchers recorded 5,282 deaths among the participants. 2,375 of which were attributed to cancer and 1,620 to cardiovascular disease.
Results of the study showed that participants who exercised during their teen years for 1.33 hours a week or less lowered their chances of dying from cancer by 16%. Overall, they were 15% less likely to die from all causes.
“Our results support the importance of promoting exercise participation in adolescence to reduce mortality in later life and highlight the critical need for the initiation of disease prevention early in life,” author of the study Sarah J. Nechuta, assistant professor of medicine at Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center in the U.S, told MNT.
The study was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
Lara Palileo, program and curriculum development head of The Little Gym Philippines and officer-in-charge of The Little Gym in Alabang, shared advice to Smart Parenting on how parents can encourage their family members to exercise more: “Parents should lead by example with an active lifestyle. They can encourage their children by scheduling fun activities for the entire family.”
The earlier parents introduce a healthy lifestyle to their children, the better. If your child is already showing an interest in physical activities early on, Irene Nicolas-Recio, former preschool teacher at Prep Camp and now stay-at-home mom, tells parents not to forget the encouragement. “Positive reinforcement is always good. Be there for them. Cheer, attend practice, games, recitals, or other activities they’re enrolled in,” she said.
Sources: July 31, 2015. "Exercise in adolescence may reduce adult cancer risk, all-cause mortality for women". medicalnewstoday.com Aug. 1, 2015. "Study: Exercising During Teenage Years Lowers Adult Cancer Risk". parentherald.com