With the evolution of fitness culture, holistic wellness and exercise research, many people nowadays are much more informed than their ancestors were about the importance and functionality of taking proper care of their body. The benefits of staying active are too many to count. This is far from breaking news, of course, and most people have trouble fulfilling their goals. Setting them is always the easier task.

Motivation fuels resolve, which is necessary for the fulfilment of any goal, and motivation must be inspired by a desire. Everyone desires to be healthy, they just differ on the extent to which they desire it. That means providing new, helpful information should help foster inspired motivation. As the studies showing the value in consistent exercise and physical activity pour in, hopefully individuals will respond in turn.

More good news of this sort hit the press last month with the release of new research from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, according to an article last week from Club Industry. Story author Anthony Dominic summarized the study’s findings, writing:

Exercise’s role in reducing various health risks is well documented, but a recent study claims that regular physical activity can reduce one’s risk of developing lung or bowel cancer by more than 60 percent.

Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Incident Lung and Colorectal Cancer in Men and Women,” recently published via the Wiley Online Library, studied 43,143 Americans who participated in exercise stress tests over an 18-year period. The subjects ranged from age 40 to age 70 (with a median age of 54) and were generally diverse—46 percent female, 54 percent male, 64 percent white, 29 percent African-American and 1 percent Latino.

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that those with the highest fitness levels reduced their likelihood of developing lung cancer by as much as 73 percent. Similarly, the most-active subjects also reduced their likelihood of developing colorectal cancer by as much as 68 percent.

The study states: “In what to the best of our knowledge is the largest study of its kind to date and the first to involve women and a large percentage of non-white patients, we observed that a higher level of [cardiorespiratory fitness] is independently associated with a decreased risk of lung and colorectal cancer and a lower risk of death after the diagnosis of lung and colorectal cancer in men and women compared with those with low [cardiorespiratory fitness]. 

Each new study like this grows and subsequently refines the archival scientific literature on how the human body works and responds to exercise. Time will tell how people respond to the news, however.

To read Dominic’s full writeup click here.