Great news for busy people who still want to have a great and healthy body; weekend exercise is as great as a regular workout for your health. A new study showed that you don’t have to exercise every day, you can exercise during weekends and still have great benefits.
This new research showed that people who exercise on weekends have great health and survival rates compared to those who work out more. Experts recommend 75 minutes of vigorous workout or 150 minutes of moderate activity per week in order to stay healthy. There is still no consensus about how often we have to exercise.
If we complete those minutes of exercise every week it doesn’t matter how many days we did it. The results are the things that matter. This is why researchers focused on weekend exercise. They wanted to show that, even if you don’t have time during the week to exercise, you can still do it on the weekend and have the same benefits.
The researchers observed that those who do weekend exercise lower their risk of dying as much as those who exercise more. This shows that it doesn’t matter how many times you exercise in one week as long as we do the recommended minutes.
In order to conduct this study, the researchers grouped almost 64,000 people into 4 groups. In the first group, there were people who were inactive. The second group contained people who were insufficiently active. The third group has those weekend warriors; those who do weekend exercise. The last group contained regularly active people.
The group of people who has the worst results was, of course, that of inactive people. All of the other groups had better results, especially the regularly active and the weekend warriors. When the weekend warriors were compared to the inactive groups the researchers noticed that those who exercise during weekends have more than 30% lower risks of dying compared to the other group.
The risk of cancer deaths was also lower when it came to people who do weekend exercise. The risk of cardiovascular deaths lowered with more than 40% at weekend warriors. The same effects were seen when the researchers compared the insufficiently active people to those who exercise regularly.
The limitations of the studies include the fact that people completed the report by themselves and the researchers did not observe exactly how much they exercise. It is also unknown the duration and the intensity of the exercise.
Researchers also mentioned that more than 90% of those who responded were white and this is why they don’t want to generalize the results for the whole population. The researcher also said that weekend warriors tend to be white men who exercise 300 minutes every week.
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