Studies confirm that people who are more active have lower rates of cancer and heart disease. Experts say you should be active at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week. This can be divided into 10- or 15-minute segments and can include brisk walking, jogging, swimming, gardening, even housework.
Schedule your workout time just as you would any other appointment. "I once saw a guy jogging through the airport concourse," says Doyle, laughing. "He must have planned for his layover because he had on shorts, a tank top, and running shoes."
Exercise also can reduce stress in your daily life. Chronic stress can hinder the ability of the body to fight off illness, including cancer, says Daniel G. Amen, a clinical neuroscientist and author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Times Books, 2000). "Find a special place where you can be alone and train your mind to be quiet," says Amen. Quiet reflection can help lower blood pressure, reduce tension and pain in muscles, and improve temperament.
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