The Irish Cancer Prevention Network (ICPN) and parkrun are teaming up for the third year to encourage you to bring a friend to parkrun on Saturday 8 February to mark World Cancer Day. Áine Lyng from the HSE National Cancer Control Programme explains why this is important:
“Sadly cancer touches the lives of thousands of people and their families across the country, which is why we’re raising awareness that physical activity can reduce your risk of cancer. It can also improve the health and wellbeing of those living with and beyond cancer”
Most people know that smoking causes cancer. What you might not be aware of is being overweight and not exercising enough is quickly becoming the second biggest cause of cancer. We are encouraging people to join us on Saturday, 8February, at their local parkrun.
There are so many benefits in doing so. Physical activity promotes healthy immune and hormonal systems to protect against many cancers. It helps the body to use insulin more effectively, reduces inflammation and helps you to maintain a healthy weight. Exercise also has many beneficial effects for people living with and beyond cancer. Aerobic exercise such as walking or running can support you by reducing anxiety, symptoms of depression and cancer related fatigue, while improving your quality of life and physical abilities.
People living with and beyond cancer are recommended to do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (such as running or walking), at least three times per week and to do exercises with weights twice per week. We would advise people to remember to remember to wear sun screen and clothing that covers skin when exercising outdoors in the sun, especially from April to September.
Sign up to your local parkrun at www.parkrun.ie – we hope you can join us on Saturday 8 February.”
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