If you struggle to find the time to work out during the working week, this news should be reassuring. According to a recent study, cramming in exercise sessions at the weekends is enough to provide significant health benefits.
Researchers from Loughborough University and the University of Sydney found that "weekend warriors" reduced their risk of an early death by a similar amount to those who spread the same amount of exercise over seven days, the BBC reports.
The results, which were based on a survey of around 64,000 adults aged over 40 in England and Scotland, compared those who exercise with people who remain inactive. They showed that those who worked out on one or two days of the week were found to lower their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 41 percent and cancer by 18 percent. There was little contrast with those who exercised regularly on three or more days per week, who reduced their risks by 41 percent and 21 percent.
For study author Dr Gary O'Donovan, the findings highlight the importance of ensuring fitness is "purposeful," which should be welcome news for those with busy lifestyles.
"Millions of people enjoy doing sport once or twice a week, but they may be concerned that they are not doing enough," O'Donovan told the Guardian. "We find a clear benefit. It's making them fit and healthy."
NHS guidelines state that in order to stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week, such as cycling or fast walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such as running or tennis.
Via Harper’s Bazaar UK