A recent study suggests that if you cram your daily exercises into one or two sessions over the weekend, you stand to benefit more.
The research goes on to suggest that if you are active active without managing 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, you will lower the risk of an early death by close to a third.
These results were achieved after 64,000 adults in the UK and Scotland were surveyed. These research participants were of ages 40 and above, BBC Health reports.
In explaining the study results, health experts said that it is important to exercise for a better health.
The University of Sydney and Loughborough University researchers made an analysis of the time taken by people to exercise. They then related this to their health status after 18 years.
Their finding was that it did not matter how long people exercised in a week or how many hours they put into it. What mattered was whether the exercise guidelines were met or not.
Fighting the flab
The researchers said that this can be taken as good news for people tightly held up during the weekday and only get to exercise over the weekends.
There was even more good news for the group of people who both exercised regularly and those whose exercises are irregular. The two groups were found to have a reduced risk of dying from cancer and cardiovascular disease as opposed to those who did not exercise at all.
Via BBC Health
Those exercising over the weekend and ensured to clear up their practice session in one or two days had a 41% reduction in cardiovascular risk and 18% reduced cancer risk as opposed to the inactive persons.
Those who exercised regularly on three or more days per week reduced their risks by 41% for CVD and 21% for cancer.
The researchers explained that even those who practiced at the most minimal rate also had a good record in reducing cancer risk. The study was published in AMA Internal Medicine.
Dr Gary O’Donovan, study author and expert in physical activity and health, from Loughborough University, said the key was doing exercise that was “purposeful, and done with the intention of improving health”.
He added that it’s vital to be committed to a healthy lifestyle regardless of one’s body mass index.
The study authors said that their study did not directly link physical exercise and reduction in health risks.
However, detailed research has revealed that a healthy diet and exercise have a positive impact on one’s life free of diseases. It lowers the risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.