If you are one of those to skip the gym on the weekdays and go on a fitness frenzy during the weekend, a new study has some good news for you. The Telegraph has shared a new study that says weekend warriors get almost the same health benefits as those who follow daily exercise guidelines.
After they spoke to the team behind the study, lead author Dr Gary O’Donovan of Loughborough University explained, “The weekend warrior activity pattern, characterized by one or two sessions per week of moderate or vigorous physical activity, may be sufficient to reduce risks for all-cause, cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality regardless of adherence to prevailing physical activity guidelines.”
The guidelines referenced in the piece are from the National Health Service (NHS), however, they are the same recommendations that you’ll find in America from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). They recommend 150 minutes per week of moderate activity or 75 minutes per week of intense activity (or an equivalent combination of the two).
The study by Loughborough University followed 63,000 British adults from the years 1994 and 2012 to find out if exercise needed to be done on a daily basis. The results? Those who crammed all of their exercise into a weekend had a 35 percent low risk of death, while those who exercise regularly came in at 30 percent.
“These results mean that ‘weekend warriors’ and other leisure-time physical activity patterns characterized by one or two sessions per week may provide beneficial health outcomes event when they fall short of physical activity guidelines,” added senior author Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis from the University of Sydney.