How jumping jacks could save your life
Time to get moving, sir -- because getting fit today could protect you from some of the leading cancers in men for years or even decades down the road.
One new study finds that getting fit in your 40s, 50s, or 60s could slash your risk of lung cancer by 68 percent and colon cancer by 38 percent -- not just now, and not just for a little while... but for a whopping 25 years.
That's a quarter of a century of protection from just a single healthy habit.
And if you do happen to get colon, lung or prostate cancer, getting fit can slash your risk of dying of the diseases, according to the new study of 17,000 men.
Of course, there are different levels of fitness and different ways to measure it. And, let's face it, not everyone's an athlete.
And if that's you, don't worry. There's an easy way to get most of the benefits even if you're badly out of shape -- and you don't have to train like you're competing for a spot in the Olympics.
Start by hopping on a treadmill and seeing how long you can go at full speed. Then, get to work on improving that time and getting fit.
If you can add just three more minutes to your time, your risk of death from cancer will drop by 14 percent and your risk of death from heart disease will plunge by a quarter, according to the researchers.
And if you can keep improving on your time, you can bring those risks down even further.
It's like winning the battle against disease, three minutes at a time.
(Did you know that exercise isn't just good for your body it's good for your brain too? It could be the key to slowing down or reversing the ravages of dementia. Click here to get all the details.)
If you're overweight, don't let that stop you -- the study finds that obese men can get all the benefits of fitness even if they remain obese. (On the other hand, if you really work at getting fit, you will almost certainly lose the extra weight anyway.)
And if you're slim and trim, don't rest on your bottom, keep getting fit -- because the study presented at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology finds normal-weight men with low fitness have the same risks of cancer and cancer death as obese men with low fitness.
I'm not done with exercise news yet. You could be undoing all your hard work without even knowing it -- especially if you're taking this common drug.