The American College Of Sports Medicine recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week. And yet the School Of Parenting Hard Knocks recommends they mind their own damn business. Allow researchers at Loughborough University to mediate with a recent study that found that working out on weekends is way better than nothing.
The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, followed 63,000 people 40 and older in England and Scotland for 9 years. Nearly 40,000 reported that they didn’t exercise at all and 14,200 said they exercised, but didn’t meet the physical activity guidelines (because you can’t chase your toddler 150 hours week). About 2,300 people qualified as “weekend warriors,” or people who got an adequate amount of exercise in 2 days. Plus, there were another 7,000 who crushed it into 3 days — holiday weekend warriors, if you will.
During the course of the study, 8,800 participants died (from heart disease, cancer, and other factors … not from being studied) and that was used to gauge the efficacy of moderate exercise. Compared to a majority of people who didn’t exercise, these weekend warriors were 40 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease, 2o percent less likely to die of cancer, and 30 percent less likely to die overall. It’s one study, but it’s good as any reason to take a little more time for your health and yourself. Well that, and football season being over.