Excerpt from Science Alert
Written by David Nield
Cramming all your exercise into a couple of days could almost as effective for your health as spreading it out more evenly throughout the week, researchers have found.
An analysis of more than 60,000 people revealed that ‘weekend warriors’ who met their exercise quota over just one or two days still significantly lowered their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, and an early death – but engaging in any exercise at all could be the most important takeaway from the study.
“The weekend warrior and other physical activity patterns characterised by one or two sessions per week … may be sufficient to reduce risks for all-cause, CVD, and cancer mortality,” explains one of the researchers, Gary O’Donovan from Loughborough University in the UK.