For years we have been told that walking is a great way to stay in shape, lose weight, and fix a variety of health issues. A new study from Cambridge University has added another reason to lace up your sneakers - a longer life. 

 The study looked at people who classified themselves as inactive and compared them, over time, to their active counterparts. They also looked at those whose BMI classified them as obese versus those who were under the obesity levels. The results were dramatic - the non obese group showed a 3.66% reduced risk of death during the study period compared to a 7.35% reduction in the group who classified themselves as active. The study recommends 150 minutes per week of “brisk” exercise - walking or riding a bike - in increments of at least 10 minutes at a time. 

 So what does this have to do with your gastrointestinal tract? Plenty! There was a study released last year that showed that sitting all day was a risk factor for developing colon cancer, even if you exercise after work. That study suggested standing at regular intervals while at your desk. There are several colorectal cancers who show inactivity and lack of exercise as risk factors; so let’s put together all that we know - what’s good for your heart is good for your colon - and lace up your sneakers.

 Do you know what else is good for your health? Regular screening colonoscopies. Call for an appointment today or use this form and someone will contact you. You don’t need a referral from your primary care physician; you can make your appointment directly.