“Weekend warriors are still getting healthy than the Lazy fellows”
Let’s face it, working out during the week is a struggle. Few full-time jobs leave time for exercise during the workday itself, so that leaves two options: Waking up way too early in the morning or going to the gym right after work—and getting home way too late at night. Add family responsibilities, sleeping, and commuting to the equation, and the prospect becomes nearly impossible.
So it’s no surprise that many people try to fit a week’s worth of exercise into the two days of the weekend, but you can’t help. Fortunately, there’s some evidence that these cram sessions aren’t completely futile. According to a study published this week in the Journal of Internal Medicine (JAMA), getting the amount of exercise recommended by the World Health Organization in just two days still provides a health benefit.
The World Health Organization recommends doing 150 minutes of moderate activity (or 75 minutes of vigorous activity) every week. But until now, whether or not people who do all of those minutes in one or two days—so called ‘weekend warriors’—get the same benefits as daily exercisers has remained unclear.
So the hard work folks are putting in over the weekends seems to be translating into positive health benefits. At least something is better than nothing.
Figuring out the optimal dose of daily or weekly activity could be incredibly useful for busy professionals—and anyone else who lacks the ability to be constantly physically active. For now, take comfort in the fact that even if you procrastinate until the weekend, those steps are still counting in the long run.