Gym raises money in support of breast cancer awareness through friendly competition
Jul 29, 2011
A local gym in Nashua, New Hampshire, has found a way to contribute to the ongoing battle against breast cancer.
The Tuff gym in Nashua made breast cancer news by hosting a competition entitled Barbells for Boobs, the Nashua Telegraph reports. The competition involves a series of events, including 400-meter runs, pull-ups and kettlebell swings. Between 40 and 50 men and women formed teams and participated in the event.
All the funds raised through registration fees, T-shirts and donations go directly to Mammograms in Action. John Duncan, the owner of Tuff, told the source, "My clients are the most loving and giving people around. We just like beating each other," alluding to the fact that no prize was awarded to the winners.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), obesity and lack of physical exercise can increase the risk of breast cancer. While many other factors also contribute to the risk, including family history and breast density, the ACS recommends that women maintain a healthy weight by regulating food intake and routinely exercising. It states that 45 minutes to an hour of physical activity five days or more per week will reduce your risk of breast cancer.