Should a Prescription for Prostate Cancer Include Walking?

Low impact excercise like walking, pilates, and yoga were all part of my self-healing journey with breast cancer.  Moreover, they are a continual part of my life to maintain my health. 

I would like to encourage everyone to become more active, get your heart rate up, and reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.  It isn’t about pushing yourself to exhaustion, especially if you are facing a disease like cancer, it is about just getting up and moving around more. 

Do you know you are predisposed to some illness or disease?  Ask yourself honestly if you are doing everything you can to keep yourself healthy, now and into the future.

Check out how walking, a nearly free activity (good shoes are a must), is such a powerful tool for those with prostate cancer.

Brisk walking may help men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer reduce their risk of progression of the disease, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the Harvard School of Public Health followed 1,455 men who had been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

The study shows that survivors who walk at a pace of at least 3 miles per hour for three hours or more per week were 57% less likely to develop the biochemical markers of cancer recurrence or to need a second round of treatment for their disease.

“The important point was the intensity of the activity,” Erin Richman, ScD, a post-doctoral fellow at University of California, San Francisco, says in a news release. “The walking had to be brisk for men to experience a benefit.” Via http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/news/20110524/brisk-walking-may-help-keep-prostate-cancer-in-check

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