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Turning A Workout Into Play Time

May 4, 2012, 5:09 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Turning A Workout Into Play Time
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It often seems like kids have an endless amount of energy. A new survey by the American Cancer Society suggests that if we think of working out as "play" we would also be more likely to get into shape.

The survey found that 40 percent of women would be more physically active if it felt less like work.  That's important because being active helps you maintain a healthy weight and reduces the risk of many diseases, including cancer.

The survey also found that women are ten percent less likely than men to make time for a physical activity they enjoy. The American Cancer Society is now challenging women to close the gap this month.

"You can do anything from playing tag with your kids to jump rope to hula hooping to swinging to taking a walk with the family dog. It's a great way to involve the whole family, model good lifestyle choices and bring down your risk of cancer," Charlotte Hofer with the American Cancer Society said.

The American Cancer Society has started its 100,000 Acts of Play Challenge. It encourages women across the country to take time for playtime activities and then record it on the program's website: http://www.chooseyou.com/play/

 

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