Exercise And The Prostate

Regular exercise is as equally important towards improving your prostate health as it towards maintaining your ideal weight and physique.  Regular physical activity can protect against several prostate related issues including but not limited to: prostate cancer, prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).  Men who engage in physical activity 5 or more hours a week are up to 50 percent less likely to develop BPH.

In particular, resistance and aerobics training have been shown to greatly improve prostate health are:

Exercising

Fortunately there are a number of different exercises you can engage in to improve your overall prostate health. These include:

  • Aerobic
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Jogging
  • Cycling (A word of caution however. Although the activity is great for both cardio and prostate health you want to avoid prolonged periods on a bike seat that can put pressure pressure in the prostate and groin area. Prolonged use may potentially aggravate an existing prostate condition i.e. an already enlarged prostate.)
  • Hiking
  • Dancing
  • Resistance training/exercise
  • Bodyweight exercise (Calisthenics) –This includes; push-ups, crunches, squats, sit-ups, burpees and lunges are just a few examples and can be done in the comfort of your own home.
  • Weight lifting
  • Swimming

As men age their prostate will gradually increase in size and if left unchecked can increase your risk of developing prostate related illnesses. So let’s take a look at what exercise can do for your prostate health.

Exercise no more than 30 minutes a day a few days a week is more than adequate to make a substantial difference in your overall physical and prostate health. As always please consult with your doctor before starting a workout regimen. This is especially true for those who haven’t engaged in any kind of physical activity in quite some time. Also work with your doctor to determine which types of exercises are both suitable for your current age and level of physical health.

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