Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Exercise Your Right To Better Breast Health

This week I was astonished to learn that a healthy lifestyle involving proper eating habits and a weekly exercise program can affect your breast health. If you’re having trouble getting motivated, read on.
Four hours of exercise per week can result in a 37% reduction in the risk of breast cancer. Doing regular exercise will cut down your risk of developing the disease, as well as preventing its return in a breast cancer survivor.  What’s troubling about this fact is that the later group knows this information already because they’ve been in a fight for their lives. They’ve been educated in the school of hard knocks.  It’s time ladies that we turn the tables and educate ourselves before we too are faced with this life changing diagnosis.

Here’s how it works.  Regular exercise lowers your levels of estrogen.  Although women need estrogen to mature and to create strong bones, overexposure can lead to breast cancer. Eighty percent of all breast cancers are fueled by estrogen.  Exercise is a natural way to reduce your estrogen levels, as well as reducing other hormones and growth factors that can cause breast cells to turn into cancer. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reported that exercise reduced mortality from all causes in breast cancer survivors by 50%, when combined with a healthy diet. (

As women, young and old, we have a choice.  Let’s become educated now on preventative measures to avoid relying on doctor intervention in the future to save our lives or limit the effects of an unhealthy life style.  

A friend of my mom once said in jest, “If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself”. That sentiment stuck with us and luckily mom and I made the choice of a healthier lifestyle.  In hindsight, mom wishes she had done it years sooner. 

At The Girl’s Bra Shop we see both sides of the story:  women searching for the perfect bar to wear under a special dress and those shopping for mastectomy attire to help them be comfortable and look shapely again.  Every need is as important as the person who walks through our doors, and we want to ensure we do everything we can to make women feel comfortable and confident.  But we are also passionate about being healthy and that includes breast health.  

Drop by our stores and check out our latest exercise bras. They will enhance your exercise experience by keeping the girls in place with the correct amount of support for your individual need.  Click on the link below to see some of the sports bras we carry and stay tuned for more “Healthy Breasts for a Healthy Life”.   

Ann and Tammy
real women. real bras. real beauty. ©2011, The Girls Bra Shop Inc.
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