Weekend Warriors Get It Done
People who exercise regularly tend to live longer than inactive people, and enjoy more years of freedom from disease. New research from National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine at Loughborough University in England looks into the frequency needed to realize these benefits.
Scientists analyzed data from 63,500 respondents to health surveys living in England and Scotland. All subjects were aged 40 and older when the study began, and the 10 years tracked ranged from 1994 to 2004. Almost two-thirds of these subjects were inactive, and another 22% didn’t meet exercise guidelines.
Eleven percent of subjects exercised regularly, exceeding the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous activity in the guidelines. So did the 4% who qualified as weekend warriors, training around twice a week. Compared to inactive subjects, weekend warriors had a 30% lower death rate and regular exercisers had a 35% lower rate of death.