February 13, 2017 09:31
While there is no shortage of data pointing to the positive effects of regular physical activity, many people find they just don't have time to exercise during the week.
However, a recent study shows that cramming a week's worth of workouts into a weekend provides almost the same health benefits as spreading them out over the week.
The World Health Organization recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity like fast walking or cycling or 75 minutes of running per week.
According to a recent study of more than 60,000 adults in England and Scotland, participants who exercised for either of the recommended periods experienced similar health benefits regardless of whether they exercised only on weekends or throughout the week.
People who exercised at intervals during the week had a 35 percent lower risk of death than inactive adults, with the risk of death from heart disease and cancer reduced by 41 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Mortality risk was similarly reduced for those who crammed all their exercise into weekends.
The findings confirmed a 2013 study by Canadian researchers showing that total amount of exercise may be more important than frequency.
Nonetheless, doctors advised caution. "If the body is unprepared for sudden exercise, it is vulnerable to injury. Too much cardiovascular exercise can cause a heart attack or cardiac arrest," one physician said. And if your goal is weight loss or muscle gain, a daily exercise routine is likely to be more effective.
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