- posted on 11/9/2011
Experts have known for years that physical activity decreases the risk of chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease and type II diabetes, but new data give estimates on the number of cases that might be prevented if people were more physically active.
Researchers reviewed more than 200 cancer studies worldwide and found convincing evidence that regular physical activity reduces the risk of breast cancer, colon cancer and endometrial cancer by 25% to 30%. There's some evidence that regular exercise also reduces the risk of lung, prostate and ovarian cancer.
The employee health and wellbeing benefits of the GCC are well documented, and this research outlines even more health benefits from being physically active. Corporate workers often sit between 7.5-9 hours of the day and it's critical to their health and wellbeing to break this cycle of sitting.
What can you do?
In just 60 seconds you can reap major health benefits by simply standing up to break this sedentary behaviour as outlined by the European Heart Journal earlier this year. Incidental exercise is at the foundation of the GCC, and these studies further support research that regular small amounts of physical activity can have a significant positive impact on your health and wellbeing.
You can watch the video below or read more on the findings at USA Today.