Exercises like walking is good to keep our body fit and healthy, particularly for the heart health. In a study conducted by Kathleen Wolin, a scientist from Washington University shows that walking can also help reduce the risk of colon cancer.
In the study, researchers examined data from a previous study which included more than 150,000 men and women. Researchers compared their levels of physical activity between 1982 and 1997. The result showed that participants who walk regularly have a lower risk of colon cancer. The risk reduces greatly if the habit is done routinely for at least 10 years.
We don’t need to walk far away because the researcher believes that its effect on cancer risk is not affected by distance, but rather on its duration. Walking at least 30 minutes a day is enough to reduce colon cancer risk.
“You get enormous ‘bang for the buck’. You go for a 30-minute walk every day and you’re going to reduce your risk of a number of diseases. Our research has also shown that you feel better, physically and mentally, so you’re able to function better,” said Dr. Wolin as reported in telegraph.co.uk.
In addition to reducing colon cancer risk, walking is also beneficial for reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which is triggered by lifestyle and the aging process. A U.S study shows that walking 30 minutes each day can improve insulin sensitivity and body’s ability to regulate blood glucose.