Reason #8,915 to workout

According to a new study of more than 14,000 women, women with moderate or high aerobic fitness were much less likely to die from breast cancer when compared to low-fitness women. Published in the April issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the official scientific journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, this is just one more reason to get up and shake it!

Steven Blair, P.E.D., FACSM, who led the research, says women who do at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity, like walking, will escape the “low-fitness” category. That’s just a half-hour, five days a week (right? I’m a writer, not a mathematician.) If you crave higher impact, you can also achieve this dose by getting 75 minutes/week of vigorous activity like jogging.

What kind of workout will you do today? I’m doing 40 sweat-soaking minutes on the Gauntlet, 20 minutes of PT exercises and stretches, some Pilates core work and maybe a few light weights. Followed by wine and cake tonight at a clothing swap I’m hosting at my place!

PS Craving a dose of Leslie’s magazine writing? I have a story in Women's Health this month on the importance of nicknames in our romantic relationships and a big spread on runners and weight loss in Runner’s World. Enjoy!

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