Study Says Weekend Workouts Are as Good as Spreading Your Exercise over the Whole Week

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A new study has found that working out exclusively on the weekend can be as effective as spreading your exercise throughout the week.

The research, published in JAMA Internal Medicine Journal, tracked 350,000 participants over a decade to find out whether it made a difference to mortality risk if you spread your 150 minutes of recommended exercise throughout the week or do it all over a concentrated period at the weekend.

The results showed that the health benefits of physical activity are the same whether the sessions are spread throughout the week or across a few days.

This means that regardless of whether you’re a so-called ‘weekend warrior’ and pack all of your runs into a weekend or you prefer to spread them out over seven days, as long as you do the recommended total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a week, you will experience lower all-cause mortality rates than those who are inactive.

British Heart Foundation senior cardiac nurse Joanne Whitmore told the BBC: "This large study suggests that, when it comes to exercise, it doesn’t matter when you do it. The most important thing is that physical activity is undertaken in the first place.

"Exercise can improve your health, reducing your risk of heart and circulatory diseases like heart attack and stroke. Moderate-intensity activities make you breathe harder and make your heart beat faster than usual but you should still be able to have a conversation whilst doing them."

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