Skiing may reduce the risk of certain cancers

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 7, 2010 6:08 pm

The benefits of regular cardiovascular exercise, such as skiing, have long been known to help reduce weight and stress, and improve heart strength and sleep patterns. Many have believed for a while that regular exercise can boost the immune system, helping to fight off colds and the flu. When you ski, snowboard, or do other vigorous activity this winter, know that the added circulation you’re giving to your body pumps natural killer cells all throughout you, fighting off viruses and bacteria.

The benefits of exercise don’t stop there. A new body of research is suggesting that it may have more benefits than we ever thought possible.

Scientists are saying regular exercise can reduce the risk of many cancers and chronic diseases, as well as slow the aging process. From the Wall Street Journal: “Regular exercise has been shown to combat the ongoing damage done to cells, tissues and organs that underlies many chronic conditions. Indeed, studies have found that exercise can lower blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol, and cut the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.”

Experiments show that exercise:
-lowers the risk of stroke by 27%
-reduces the incidence of diabetes by approx. 50%
-can reduce mortality and the risk of recurrent breast cancer by approx. 50%
-can lower the risk of colon cancer by over 60%
-can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by approx. 40%
-can decrease depression as effectively as Prozac or behavioral therapy

OK, winter sport enthusiasts. If you couldn’t find the motivation to get your butt on some skis or a board, there you go. Get those hearts pumping people!