New Year, New Exercise
Article date: January 4, 2016
It’s a new year, and maybe you’ve resolved to start an exercise program.
If so, good for you! Getting regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk. And it's one of the most common New Year's resolutions among Americans each year.
Just make sure you start off on the right foot with these helpful tips:
- Take it slow. Set small goals – after all, you're in this for a lifetime.
- Talk to your doctor before getting started. Consult a doctor before you start, especially if it’s been 8-12 months or longer since you’ve last exercised, you’ve had a large weight gain, or you’ve had a noticeable change in health.
- Evaluate your personality. Do you like to exercise alone, in a large group, or with a partner? The answer to this question will help you decide what type of exercise will keep you motivated to stick with your new routine.
- Be safe. If you’re exercising outside, make safety a priority. Dress for the weather, wear reflectors and light colors if you'll be out when it’s dark, and carry a cell phone with you.
Getting regular physical activity can help you control your weight, and can lower your risk for cancer, heart disease, and stroke. It makes sense to start slowly, then work your way up to more.
Reviewed by: Members of the ACS Medical Content Staff
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