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Working Out Prevents Cancer in Women

Two of the most common cancers in women are breast and endometrial cancer. These are hormonally caused cancers that are caused by hormones going out of whack.  Exercise can help with these “female” cancers because physical activity has been shown to regulate and calm the production, metabolism and elimination of the toxins produced by female hormones running amok.



Studies have also shown that there is a relationship between being fatter and breast and endometrial cancer.  Exercise obviously can help you lose weight so you do not become more susceptible to developing these hormonally based cancers.

This past fall, a Canadian study found that the women who were least likely to develop breast cancer engaged in the moderate exercise of doing daily household or farming chores.  Researchers concluded that it was not so much the intensity of the exercise that was helping, but rather the regularity of it.



In 2009,  a massive study, based on questionnaires given to 121,701 women over twenty years was conducted by the Nurses Health Study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston. This study found that women who worked out between two to four hours a week reduced their chances of getting cancer by twenty percent.  A smaller but similar study done in Norway in 1997 found the same thing. Women who exercised four hours a week were about one third less likely to get breast cancer.



In the Brigham study it was noted that the exercise reduces the level of circulating estrogens in a woman’s body.  The reason that this is negative is because estrogen stimulates the growth of breast cells which could mutate and cause cancer.



Women are actually vulnerable to these types of cancers their entire life. The most important thing is to exercise in moderation because if you exercise to the point that you have minimized your estrogen levels you can increase your risk of bone loss and heart disease.

Menopausal and post-menopausal women are at particular risk for cancer because they are overproducing and under producing hormones. Exercise has protective benefits for hormonal women because it helps to reduce fat.



The idea is that the leaner you are, the less natural estrogens you will produce. The less estrogens that are in the body, the less of a welcoming field your changing body will be to developing cancer.

You do not have to work out like a female fitness model. Simple, yet sustained activity is best . Try walking or cycling. As long as you working out consistently and every day you should be giving your body the edge when it comes to preventing breast or ovarian cancer.


The Benefits of Zumba

If you are looking to work out you have probably heard the saying “Ditch the Workout, Join the Party! This is the marketing slogan for Zumba fitness all over the world. In fact, Zumba fitness classes have become so popular that they are performed by more than twelve million people at 110,000 sites. It is also a fitness class that is offered in 125 countries across the world.  It seems newer here in North America but it is actually a North American invention.

Zumba comes out of a work-out routine called Rumba-cize that first came out in the 1980s. This aerobics style dance routine was invented by a man named Alberto Beto Perez.  This was a work-out that was done to Merengue and Rumba music. In 1999 he rebranded it and sold the routine as a franchise called Zumba.  The business currently makes it’s headquarters in Miami.

Zumba is a total-body high energy aerobic workout that is good for core strengthening and flexibility because a lot of the action takes place in the hip and midsection.

It is also similar to interval training because parts of the workout are more strenuous than others. Still, because it is a dance, people can do the workout at their own pace. This is not just any old routine. Instructors must be certified in doing the moves.

Zumba workouts also do not require any special equipment or clothing. All you need is to wear loose clothing that you are not afraid to sweat in. The important thing is to be comfortable. Many women wear loose cotton skirts as it helps them feel a bit more in the mood for dancing.

There are shops online that sell Zumba clothing which tends to be in the colorful primary colors that are characteristic of South American clothing. Many people exercise in loose cargo pants, bright t-shirts and flowery shorts.  Women often wear a snugger spaghetti tank that is covered by a looser racer back top.

You can do Zumba in your bare feet but most people wear some kind of gym shoe or running shoe.

Another wonderful thing about Zumba is that it does not matter what fitness level you are at.  Both fit people and less-fit people can do this dance workout and still receive It is also a fun work-out for children to do.

This work-out is offered in gyms and clubs for the most part but in some parts of the world it is also being offered in night clubs.