With many of us struggling to cram exercising into our busy weekday schedules, this is great news.
‘Weekend warriors’ are those who meet the recommended volume of physical activity per week through only one or two sessions. This is currently 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise.
The nine-year study, published at Loughborough University recently, analysed more than 60,000 people aged 40 and over. Many did no exercise, some did the recommended 150 minutes a week, and 2,300 ‘weekend warriors’ exercised only once or twice a week.
Results showed that those who exercised for only one or two sessions a week reduced their risk of death to a similar level to those who spread the same amount of exercise over the whole week. Their overall risk of death was 30% lower than the sedentary adults.
The number of sessions you spend exercising appears to be less important than how long you spend working out overall, and possibly how intense those workouts are.
It’s the same message again - any physical activity done at any time will boost your health.
If you’re going to workout on weekends, why not get the most from them?
most reassuring! At the moment with the dark evenings I really struggle to drag myself out after work. So it is good to know that my weekend effort are still worthwhile.
That's actually quite surprising research results. I would have assumed that exercise was better spread out and done regularly. But good news, takes the pressure off weekday workouts!
I do the 'work to your workouts' thing on the weekend by cycling to the gym instead of driving. Whatever the weather, I cycle. It's only about 20 minutes but it feels great to be outside before I go in the gym. I couldn't do this on the weekdays, as I normally stop on the way home from work.
I often workout more on weekends so this is good for me. I love the feeling of a long exercise session and have never felt it's too much or bad for me. So nice to have it confirmed.