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Top 10 Fun Ways To Prevent Cancer Through Exercise

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Updated November 14, 2010

The American Cancer Society recommends exercising 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week for cancer prevention. If you cringe at the word "exercise" check out these fun ways for fitness. You will have so much fun, you won't even consider it to be working out!

1. Walking

Walking has many health benefits, such as cancer and other disease prevention. Instead of using the treadmill, walk outdoors. If you can find a safe sidewalk, or park, you can walk! Bring headphones and listen to music, or even an audiobook.

Make it a family event! Exercise is important for children, too! Plus, if kids are involved, they won't ever let you forget when it time to take a walk!

2. Yoga

If you have never done Yoga before, why not start a beginners' class? Yoga is a great physical activity and is a great stress reliever. Don't worry if you are not flexible; you will work your way up each class. Bringing a friend to class with you makes it easier and less intimidating. Once you learn the basic, you can do the exercises at home in your free time.

3. Dancing

Dancing can be the most fun way to meet fitness goals. You can dance in the privacy of your living room, or go to a club. If you have two left feet, try a dance class! Learn salsa, ballroom dancing or even the meringue! There are so many types of dance to learn, you can't go wrong.

4. Rollerblading

Rollerblading just isn't for the kids! Make sure you have the proper protective gear like a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and have a go at rollerblading! It is very cardiovascular and works out all muscle of the body. Don't worry if you don't get it at first, practice makes perfect!

5. Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that promotes health through slow moving exercises and breathing techniques. It is also meditative. Classes can be taught in a group setting or in private classes. Many seniors practice tai chi for it's health benefits.

6. Join A Team Sport

Joining a team sport like softball, volleyball, and soccer can be tons of fun! Organized sports are sometimes offered through the workplace and recreation centers. If your workplace doesn't have one, why not organize a sport? You'll meet new people and engage in healthy competition.

7. Swimming

Swimming is an excellent form of exercise! You workout out all muscles of the body, and it can be very cardiovascular. Many gyms or YMCA's offer open swim sessions. If you don't know how to swim, lessons are available for adults. You can also try water aerobics.

8. Hiking

If you love the outdoors, hiking is for you! The scenery alone makes hiking worthwhile. Set a goal for yourself like distance or the amount of time you hike during each session. Not only are you challenging yourself, you are getting one of the best ways to get in shape!

9. Cycling

You can cycle at home while watching TV on a stationary bike or hit the outdoors with a traditional bicycle. Stationary bikes are preferred by most adults because it is convenient. You can also control the resistance and simulate biking uphill or downhill. Whether you bike in the home or outdoors, you are easily meeting the 30 minutes/5 days a week goal.

10. Dodgeball

Do you remember playing dodgeball in high school gym class? Dodgeball is back! Gyms and rec centers across the country are catching onto the new trend by offering classes and organized teams. It is also the ultimate stress reliever! Think back to when playing in school, how good it felt to get someone "out". Yes, its definitely a stress reliever!
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