More sometimes IS better, especially when it comes to survival odds following breast cancer, says a new study reported in International Journal of Cancer.
The study, led by Paul Williams, wasn’t that large, but the results sure were compelling. The study found that there was substantially lower mortality in breast cancer patients who were runners when compared to those who only walked.
Runners who averaged more than two and one quarter miles a day were 95 percent lower for risk of breast cancer mortality than women who did not meet the current exercise recommendations for survivors.
Those who only walked had a mortality reduction of only five percent.
However, stresses Williams, this study is not meant to invalidate the benefits of a walking program for breast cancer patients. It’s just that his study demonstrates the value of going beyond — doing more — than the current exercise recommendations for patients, rather than simply doing only as much as what the recommendations say.
Williams states that if he himself were a breast cancer survivor, “I would certainly consider running or some other vigorous exercise over walking,” and that he wouldn’t merely do the minimum.
If you’ve never been a runner, don’t let that put you off from taking up this form of exercise. I’m a certified personal trainer and instruct many of my clients in the benefits of running.
“Running” doesn’t necessarily mean sprinting. We can just as easily substitute the term “jogging” for “running.” This form of movement doesn’t have to be fast or pounding, either; if all you can do is 3 mph, then that’s what you do.
And if all you can jog for is one minute before needing to rest, then go for only one minute. Alternate whatever you can jog with a few minutes or more of walking to recover.
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