Exercise May Help to Reduce Esophageal Cancer? Great! Here are 8 Simple Everyday Exercises

A new study associates physical activity with a reduced risk of esophageal cancer.   The study was presented by Mayo Clinic researchers at the American College of Gastroenterology’s Annual Scientific Meeting earlier this month in San Diego.

Siddharth Singh, M.B.B.S., the study’s lead researcher stated “…the incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma has been rapidly rising. This increase may be partly attributable to the obesity epidemic.” 

A healthy and active lifestyle can help to reduce a number of ailments and illnesses. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that healthy adults ages 18-65 get 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise five days a week.

Here are 8 simple ways to get some exercise in everyday:

  1. Take a long walk with your family and/or dog.
  2. Do as many sets of 30 jumping jacks as you can.  10 sets can burn up to 300 calories!
  3. Park your car further away from the entrance when going to work or running errands.
  4. Choose to take the stairs and ditch that elevator.
  5. Jump rope for 30 minutes.  Take short breaks in between for maximum caloric burn.
  6. Keep your sneakers with you at work and sneak in a brisk walk during lunch.
  7. Watch your favorite TV show or movie from the treadmill or elliptical instead of your couch.
  8. Grab a friend and take a fun dance class together like Zumba or Salsa.

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Whatever you form of exercise you choose, just keep moving. 

While exercising is not always enjoyable, try to make the most out of it. 

To help the time go by, bring a friend or listen to a music playlist while you exercise.  Don’t forget to keep an exercise journal to track your progress.  Pull the journal out on days where you lack motivation.  Seeing your progress can help keep you on track. 

Of course, if you have not exercised in some time or are concerned with your overall health, consult with your physician before starting any exercise routine.  

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