Research shows that young women like you tend to be less physically active than guys, and become even less active as you get older. However, the evidence shows that if you exercise regularly at this stage of your life, you will have a substantially lower risk of developing breast cancer in the future. One study showed that women in their 30s and 40s who were moderately active between the ages of 12 and 22 lowered their risk of breast cancer by 23%.
Canadaís Physical Activity Guide for Youth recommends that teens get at least 90 minutes of physical activity per day for healthy growth and development. You can start by adding 30 minutes of physical activity into your daily routine, and over time, slowly build up the time you are active.
The Strategies: †
†Walk or ride your bike to school/work a couple days each week.
†Try a new activity class with a friend, such as hip-hop dance, aerobics, or martial arts.
†Whenever you have the option, take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
Get off the bus or subway one stop before normal and walk the extra distance.
Choose active things to do when hanging out with friends, such as going for a swim or hike, playing tennis, going dancing, etc.
Girls who got the message say:
Iím starting to walk to school more often.
I wanted to be more active Ė this gave me the motivation to do it.
I joined a gym and itís been two months that Iíve been going now.