A new study, finds that weekend warriors who met recommended exercise guidelines (including those who exercised just once or twice a week but did so vigorously for at least 75 minutes, or at moderate intensity for at least 150 minutes) had a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer, or other causes.
Here’s some more specific information about this study:
· More than 63,000 adults in England and Scotland were surveyed about their health and physical activity between 1994 and 2012.
· Nearly two-thirds of study subjects were considered inactive — 11% were regularly active and about 4% were “weekend warriors.”
· Data regarding their deaths from any cause, cardiovascular disease, and cancer were also collected over this time period.
Compared to less active adults, weekend warriors had a 30% lower risk of death from any cause, a 40% lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease, and an 18% lower risk of death due to cancer. While regular exercisers had lower death rates than weekend warriors, the differences were quite small.
“If you can’t exercise every day, working out at weekends still gives real benefits.” Professor Mark Hamer