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Exercise Reduces Colon Cancer Growth

New findings show effect of high-intensity interval training on cancer cells.

Colon cancer cell growth slows immediately after a HIIT session, according to a pilot study published in the Journal of Physiology (2019; 597 [8], 2177-84). More physical activity is linked with a lower death risk for people with colorectal cancer.

When measuring the effect of acute exercise (one HIIT session) and longer-term exercise (a 4-week HIIT program) on colon cancer cell growth, the researchers noted that less growth occurred immediately following high-intensity interval exercise. Knowing this may be important for understanding the relationship between exercise and cancer mortality. More research is recommended.

Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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