Magazine article Work & Family Life

'Weekend Warrior' Activity Works, Too

Magazine article Work & Family Life

'Weekend Warrior' Activity Works, Too

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If you don't have the time or inclination to exercise for 30 minutes five times a week (the standard recommendation for adults), here's some encouraging news from a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Researchers at Longborough University in England have found that working out on weekends or compressing total physical activity into one or two sessions a week is almost as effective as more frequent, shorter workouts. (For health purposes, we're advised to get 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of more vigorous exercise weekly.)

Moderate activities include brisk walking or easy cycling-enough to raise heart rates but allow us to talk at the same time. Vigorous activities include running, fast-paced cycling and team sports such as basketball and soccer-that raise heart rates to a point where speaking is difficult.

For their study, researchers examined data from thousands of adults who were part of the Health Survey for England and the Scottish Health Survey. Then they focused on 63,591 middleaged men and women who had provided detailed descriptions of their workout patterns when they entered the study 15 years before.

This cohort was divided into the following three groups:

Inactive. …

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