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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Personal trainer Angie Gallagher is known for her tough exercise programs, but she also knows how to take a gentle approach with women who are recovering from breast cancer. “The Pink Ribbon Program is a nice, safe environment where you can learn to stretch those muscles out, gain your strength and confidence back,” she explains, “it is a great program.”

At least twenty studies of people with breast, colorectal, prostate and ovarian cancer show that staying active lowers the risk of recurrence. “Some say by twelve percent,” says Gallagher, “others up to thirty, percent, so that’s a huge decrease related to exercise.”

There’s other great news about the impact of getting and staying fit. It may help you ward off cancer altogether. It makes sense because doctors say factors like obesity, high estrogen levels and insulin resistance contribute to cancer and exercise reduces all of them.

More than two dozen studies have shown that people who exercise have a lower risk of cancer by up to fifty percent! Keep in mind, a leisurely stroll doesn’t cut it. “Not that walking isn’t great,” says Angie, “low intensity is great…but to reap these benefits it needs to be moderate to vigorous most days of the week.”

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