Weekend Warriors Are Lowering Their Risk of Early Death, According to Study

31 July, 2022
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Weekend Warriors Are Lowering Their Risk of Early Death, According to Study

Weekend warriors can still stave off disease even if they are packing their workouts into a couple of days, according to a new study.


Adults should get 150 minutes of physical activity and two days of muscle strengthening activity a week, according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. If you are trying to spread that out over the week along with work, errands, cooking and cleaning, it can sound like a lot.


People who are physically active -- whether that is on weekends only or more often -- have lower mortality rates than inactive people, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.


There wasn't a big difference in all-cause or cause-specific mortality between those who exercise regularly and weekend warriors, as long as they were getting the same amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity in a week, said study author Leandro Rezende, adjunct professor of epidemiology in the department of preventive medicine at the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.


"This is good news considering that the weekend warrior physical activity pattern may be a more convenient option for many people to achieve the recommended levels of physical activity," Rezende said in an email.


As long as you are getting the 150 minutes of exercise that adults need each week -- or more -- working out whenever you can fit it in may help lower your mortality rate, according to the study

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