Guest Author - Hellie T.
Walking can help if you are a breast cancer sufferer or it can help to prevent the occurance of breast cancer.
The American Medical Journal published the results of a study which had been conducted on an assorted group of 74,171 women, whose ages ranged between 50 and 79 years.
They found that women who walked for half an hour, from three to five times a week were less at risk from breast cancer than women who had not walked or taken any exercise at all.
Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D. said ”For most, walking is probably going to be the easiest thing to do because it doesn't require training or special equipment, just a good pair of shoes.
The main thing is for women to just get out there and do it, and make it something they enjoy."
“Our results suggest that indeed, moderate activity, even when started in a woman's postmenopausal years, can cut her risk of breast cancer by about 20 percent, suggesting that physical inactivity may be a modifiable breast-cancer risk factor in older women."
So put on those shoes and go walking, remember that if you are unfit to start slowly and build up to the recommended walking times.
Tips on walking yourself slimmer
Getting started with Walking
For those of you who have breast cancer and that includes me - walking can help to make you feel better.
It helps to relieve stress - and there's a lot of that when you are going through chemotherapy
It actually makes you feel better and helps you get a good night's sleep.
It helps to prevent and to relieve constipation - which can happen when you taking alot of drugs.
Walking helps to improve your blood circulation and can lower blood pressure.
If you have cancer then start walking for just as long as you can comfortably without tiring yourself.
Start by walking for 5 minutes out and then 5 minutes back.
If this feels OK then try for 10 minutes out and 10 minutes back.
The main thing is to enjoy your walking and not to worry about how far you go.
Let each walk be a great achievement and take each day as it comes.
If you can manage a short walk 5 times a week that's great but I know there are weeks when it is difficult to summon the energy to go walking.
Walking just 3 times a week will help you feel better - remember this is walking in the open air - in a park or the countryside or by a river or other path that takes you by flowers or objects that make you feel happy.
Enjoy your walking