New Study – Working Out Fewer Days Per Week May Be Just as Good as More

According to the CDC, fewer than 25% of American adults get the recommended amount of exercise each week.

But a new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) on July 5th, 2022, shows that working out fewer days a week can improve your health just as much as working out more frequently!

The study, “Association of the ‘Weekend Warrior' and Other Leisure-time Physical Activity Patterns With All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality,” looked at data from over 350,000 adults in the U.S.

Researchers divided participants into two groups: those who met the World Health Organization's recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week and those who did not.

The researchers then categorized the participants who met the minimum exercise guidelines into two groups. Participants were active for just one or two days per week (the weekend warriors), and those were active for three or more days per week.

The study found that participants who met the minimum WHO exercise guidelines had lower cardiovascular disease, cancer, and overall mortality rates than the inactive group, regardless of whether they were weekend warriors or regularly active.

According to this study, how you space out your exercises has little bearing on mortality risk as long as you do the appropriate amount of physical activity each week.

The WHO recommends that all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. They also recommend at least two days of resistance training, which may be a part of your moderate-intensity exercise activities.

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