Cardiorespiratory Fitness Beats Cancer
Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is accomplished by “cardio” exercises like running, stair climbing, bicycle riding, etc. It has been shown to provide benefits for several chronic diseases.
One recent study examined how cardiorespiratory fitness might help protect men from cancer and from death due to cancer. The study followed 13,949 midlife men for 38 years. Researchers found “an inverse association between midlife CRF and incident lung and colorectal cancer but not prostate cancer.” This means that the higher their cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), the lower their likelyhood of getting lung or colorectal cancer.
In addition, “high midlife CRF is associated with lower risk of cause-specific mortality in those diagnosed as having cancer at Medicare age.” Again, those with higher cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) in midlife, the lower their chance of dying of cancer when they are older.
More reasons to get off the couch and get your heart and lungs pumping.