Regular and moderate exercise is an important component of a healthy life. Obesity has been linked to 13 different cancers, including some you may not know, including brain, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers. But how much exercise is ideal? The Department of Health and Human Services recommends 75 minutes of vigorous and 150 minutes of moderate activity weekly.

The word “moderate” is frequently misunderstood. Simple, everyday activities fall into this category, such as cleaning the house, gardening, and even going for a walk outside. Making time for exercise shouldn’t be something you dread or view as an inconvenience. Instead, find activities that revolve around your personal interests or help check off something on your to-do list.

Exercise isn’t just a preventative measure for cancer; it is also a way to help cope with undergoing cancer treatment. It can be easy to slip into a routine of inactivity when experiencing pain or heightened exhaustion, but research shows significant benefits of exercise, including reduced stress and fatigue, elevated mood, and weight stabilization. So, whether you love outdoor activities or prefer a relaxing yoga class at the local gym, make sure to keep moving for both your mental and physical health.