If you're a "weekend warrior" – one of those people who only has the time or motivation to binge exercise – have no fear, a recent study says that isolated exercise is still doing you plenty of good and could contribute to a longer life.
The World Health Organization recommends a minimum total of either 150 minutes moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of high-intensity activity per week spread out evenly throughout the week. However, a recently published study by JAMA Internal Medicine potentially brings hope to those who have a more binge pattern of exercise.
The study examined people who compress the recommended levels of exercise into 1-2 days during the week.
The new evidence is based on a pooled analysis of self-reported survey data collected on more than 63,000 individuals, 40 years of age or older (mean age 58.6), from 1994 to 2012. Over almost 9 years of follow-up, the study assessed how different exercise patterns affected someone's chances of dying from diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease or anything else.
Compared to sedentary adults, all-cause mortality risk was about 30 percent lower for weekend warriors, cardiovascular death risk - 40 percent lower, and cancer related death risk - 18 percent lower. This risk reduction is similar to those who were regularly active throughout the week.
The encouraging message is that some physical activity is certainly better to lower your mortality risk, and if you exercise 1 to 2 times per week, any increase in activity may lower your risk even further.
Category: Funding longer lives: Health/medicine