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Research shows that teenage girls and young women are less physically active than guys and are even less active as they get older. However, the evidence is very strong that girls and young women who exercise regularly as teens have a substantially lower risk of developing breast cancer in the future compared to those who are less active. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that youth aged 12-17 years get at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity each day. This includes participating in vigorous-intensity activities at least three days per week, and doing activities that strengthen muscle and bone at least three days per week. The guidelines recommend that young adults over 18 years accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. It is also recommended that young adults engage in muscle and bone strengthening activities at least two days per week.


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