Today I am going to discuss the latest health study report from the United States. Are weekdays too exhausting for busy evening gym sessions or early morning Workout Session?
Good news: A recent study indicated that exercising intensely over the weekend is just as beneficial as exercising frequently throughout the week.
Over the course of ten years, US researchers followed more than 350,000 individuals to determine how well “weekend warriors,” or those who exercise only once or twice a week, fared.
Adults should currently engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical exercise per week, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
This would include going for a stroll or a leisurely bike ride. You could also engage in 75 minutes of strenuous exercise, such as jogging or swimming.
The majority of study participants clocked this amount throughout a week, although others compressed it into one or two sessions rather than spreading it out.
It doesn’t really matter when or how people exercise as long as they get the necessary amount of activity each week, according to the study’s findings, which were published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal.
Over a 10-year period, researchers compared the outcomes of people who engaged in the advised amount of moderate to strenuous physical activity each week and discovered that there was hardly any difference between weekend athletes and those who exercised more frequently.
According to the study, which was led by Mauricio dos Santos, an exercise physiology researcher at the Federal University of So Paulo in Brazil, “we found that weekend warrior and regularly active participants had similar all-cause and cause-specific mortality, suggesting that when performing the same amount of physical activity, spreading it out over more days or concentrating it into fewer days may not influence mortality outcomes.”
The results of this extensive prospective cohort study “indicate that those who engage in active patterns of physical activity, whether a weekend warrior or habitually active, suffer lower all-cause and cause-specific mortality rates than inactivity,” the authors wrote.
A Little Workout Is Preferable to None
Although the primary survey data came from self-reported questionnaires, which are not always reliable, researchers from the US National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) note some limitations of their analysis, their findings ultimately confirm much of what we already know: exercise is healthy and can help you live longer.
According to The UK’s National Health Service:
Workout simply once or twice a week can lower the risk of heart disease or stroke (NHS). The NHS advises people to avoid spending too much time sitting down and to engage in daily physical activity, particularly strength training.
Yoga, pilates, carrying bulky shopping bags, and strenuous gardening tasks like digging and shoveling are all examples of strength training.
Shorter, sharper bursts of really intense exercise, such as running up stairs, sprinting up hills, spinning classes, and lifting heavy weights, can assist attain required physical activity levels.
But keep in mind this if you’re feeling bad about spending time on the couch after a long day at work or if you’re short on time during the week: When you actually have the time and energy to enjoy it, it’s just as useful to rest and schedule some quality exercise time on the weekends.
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