Getting active this National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide annual campaign to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness, education and research. Cancer Research UK suggests that 23% of breast cancer cases are preventable and every ten minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with breast cancer. These are staggering statistics and not only does this awareness month help to raise money for a good cause, but also creates the perfect opportunity for everyone to think about their health and the positive steps they can make in leading a healthier lifestyle. It is no secret that physical activity plays a key role in our overall health and wellness, but you may not know that exercise can also contribute towards lowering the risk of cancer. Studies from Cancer Research UK have found that this done through helping to control weight, reducing the levels of estrogen and insulin in the body, and strengthening the immune system to help fight back against cancer.
The Power of Exercise
That’s why Absolutely Fitness are urging people to use Breast Cancer Awareness month as a motivator to get active and consider how they need to include exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Start off by setting realistic goals for yourself and gradually building up the amount of exercise you include into your daily routine. There is no magic number that will instantly lower your risk of breast cancer, but spending more time engaging in vigorous activity and less time sitting will help contribute to preventing diseases. Aside from cancer prevention, regular exercise can also help reduce the risk of other chronic diseases, such as heart disease.
In support of this national awareness month, at Absolutely Leisure we’ll all be wearing pink on Friday 18th October and hosting challenges throughout the day where members can win prizes. We welcome donations for Breast Cancer Now and will be offering Hero memberships at the Basic membership price on Friday 18th October only. If you’re interested creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself, join Absolutely Fitness today, visit one of our studios and speak to one of our gym staff.