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Are Weekend Warriors Doing More Good than Harm?

Weekend warriors who get the recommended amount of moderate- or high-intensity exercise in just one or two sessions benefit as much as regular exercisers.

Physical activity is crucial for good health, but many people find it difficult to do workouts during the work week. Some are weekend warriors, exercising intensely when they find the time. Can leisure time pursuits such as golf or tennis on the weekend contribute to fitness and good health?

Studying Weekend Warriors:

A British study of more than 60,000 adults found that weekend warriors got substantial benefit from their activity. That was true even for those who exercise only a few times a week.

These people got at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise every week. Compared to sedentary individuals, their risk of death from any cause was at least 30 percent lower, nearly comparable to that of people who exercised regularly throughout the week. These folks lowered their chance of dying from cancer as well as from heart disease.

JAMA Internal Medicine, online Jan. 9, 2017

People who need some help with motivation to make exercise a regular part of their week or weekend might enjoy Amy Beausang’s essay. You can read it here.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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