I feel vindicated.  Study after study is proving what I have been saying. Exercise lowers the risk of colon cancer. It is estimated that 13-14 percent of colon cancer cases may be attributable to physical inactivity alone.  

Apparently, a whole bunch of medical research has gone into this (including in some 52 studies according to New York Times best-selling author Dr. Joel Furhman read more about his findings on the CCCA web site www.colorectal-cancer.ca). Furhman explains that these studies saw a 21 per cent risk decrease in men and 24 per cent in those individuals who engage in regular physical activity. Increase intensity, lower the risk. So there you have it. Get your booty moving.  Shake it. I know, I sound like a broken record.
 
Walk, run or now that winter is upon us, skate, ski — cross country or downhill. Snow shoe. Just do something. Do it indoors. Do it outdoors.  Just move.
 
Or here’s an idea that for many may be a bit more fun: just do “it”, have an exercise date! Crank up some body-moving tunes in the comfort of your own home for 30 minutes. Get sweaty with your partner. Warm up with your honey, dance, get hot together. Eat healthy snacks that won’t make you feel guilty — cut up some veggies and fruit, get some dip (it might come in handy later too). 
 
No need to be a gym bunny here. Even when you may not feel great about yourself (let’s face it we all feel that way sometimes) forget about that and just hop in the sack. You will burn calories, get your heart rate going, improve your aerobic and www.health-canada-pharmacy.com/valium.html for mental health, increase your circulation all the while helping your butt. Exercise lowers the risk. Plain and simple. So, go for it and incorporate more sex in your life. Done vigorously, it is actually considered exercise. Have some fun between the sheets, work major muscle groups all the while lowering the risk of developing colorectal cancer (and other cancers for that matter).  Isn’t that enough of a reason right there to dance in the sheets?

Basically, 30 minutes of sex burns roughly 85 calories, or the equivalent of what a 140 person walking at 3.5 miles an hour for 30 minutes burns. The more sex you have, the more you benefit. Consider doing the dirty deed at least three times a week. You don’t need to run a marathon to assist in keeping your butt disease-free, (ok, in fairness I do like doing that too) but boost up your sex life and you are helping your overall health (and your immunity too it turns out.)
Why more exercise advocates aren’t pushing more sex is beyond me.  So come on, go ahead, shake your buns and then get some booty action. Do it for your butt health.

Jennifer Hartley is a features writer and copy editor for Ottawa Life Magazine and writer for Ottawa Outdoors Magazine. Previously she was theatre editor for Ottawa Xpress and now defunct Metro newspaper and has written articles for a variety of magazines across the country and abroad in the United Kingdom.