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Improving Fitness Level Can Help You Cut The Risk Of Heart Diseases And Cancer

“A fit body has to suffer less”

Mahatma Gandhi has said, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will”. Developing a habit can be hard. While the logical side of your mind knows you should stick to a workout regimen to see results, the emotional side convinces you that skipping one more day won’t hurt anything.

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If you feel this tug-of-war often, it may not be an issue of motivation or laziness at all. It may just be the way your brain has been wired over the years. Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.

A high fitness level is already known to have a positive impact on conditions like heart disease, a new study suggests that adults who are more fit have the lowest risk of developing lung and colorectal cancer compared with those who have low fitness levels.

For the comparison, the research team studied 49,143 adults who underwent exercise stress testing from 1991-2009 and followed them for a median of 7.7 years.

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People, who were in the highest fitness category had a 77 percent reduced the risk of developing lung cancer and 61 percent decreased the risk of developing colorectal cancer, the results presented.

The research, published in the journal Cancer, showed that between selves who developed lung cancer, those with the highest fitness had a 44 percent lowered the risk of dying while the follow-up, and among adults who developed colorectal cancer, those with the highest fitness had an 89 percent lowered risk.

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“Our findings are one of the first, largest, and most diverse cohorts to look at the impact of fitness on cancer outcomes,” said Catherine Handy Marshall, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the US.

“Fitness testing is commonly done today for many people in conjunction with their doctors. Many people might already have these results and can be informed about the association of fitness with cancer risk in addition to what fitness levels mean for other conditions, like heart disease,” Marshall added further”

Fitness is not about being better than someone else… It’s about being better than you used to be yesterday.

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