Here’s another reason to exercise.
Researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have demonstrated an association between greater levels of leisure-time physical activity and a lower risk of 13 types of cancer.
In the study, leisure-time physical activity is defined as exercise done at one’s own discretion and it includes walking, running, swimming, and other moderate to vigorous-intensity activities.
Similar studies and findings had been done through the years, but most of their findings were inconclusive because of a lack of data, according to an NCI press release.
In contrast, the NCI study examined data on 1.44 million people aged between 19 and 98, included various cancers, and followed the participants for an average of 11 years. During this time, around 187,000 new cancer cases developed.
The impact of exercise on lowering cancer risk varies depending on the type of cancer, according to the study, which involved self-reported surveys.
Read the press release for more information.