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Pack Fitness into Your Travels

Whether you’re traveling by train, plane or automobile, traveling offers time to slip in some energizing and cancer-preventive physical activity.

car travel mapIt’s mid-holiday season and chances are, you have plenty more people to see and festivities to travel to. Along with the anxiety, traveling typically involves a lot of waiting and sitting–not the best manner in which to follow AICR’s cancer prevention guidelines. AICR’s Second Expert Report, released last month, found that physical activity reduces cancer risk on its own while helping to maintain a healthy weight, which is also cancer protective.

The report’s findings led AICR to recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day to ward off cancer and other chronic diseases. Moderate activity is considered any activity in which you experience some increase in breathing or heart rate.

So how do you accomplish this healthful feat while traveling? Here are a few ideas that can help you add physical activity in the midst of your travels — whatever your mode of transportation.



Automobiles (passengers only!)

However you are traveling, if it involves sitting (and it will) you can also try:

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