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Study highlights benefits of being a weekend warrior

Weekend warriors involved in study did more ‘vigorous’ activity than those who exercised more regularly

Exercising even just once or twice per week appears to be enough to significantly reduce all-cause mortality risk, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. While cautioning that more research is needed, researchers from Loughborough University concluded that fitness regimes restricted to just one or two days a week can be almost as effective as those that are more spread out.

The study of 63,591 adults between 1994 and 2012 suggests that weekend warriors who performed the recommended amount of 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity in one or two sessions per week had lower risks for death from all causes, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer.

The risk of death from all causes was about 30 per cent lower among weekend warrior adults compared with inactive adults, while the risk of CVD death for weekend warriors was 40 percent lower and the risk of cancer death was 18 percent lower.

Reductions among those who regularly exercise compared with the inactive group were 35 per cent for all-cause mortality, 41 per cent for CVD death, and 21 per cent for cancer death.

Although weekend warriors spent on average 300 minutes per week in moderate or vigorous activity compared with 450 minutes per week for those who reported participating in regular activity, the weekend warriors spent a greater proportion of their workout time exercising at a ‘vigorous’ level.

Dr Gary O’Donovan of Loughborough University’s School of Sport Exercise and Health Sciences and the National centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine East Midlands, said:

“The weekend warrior and other physical activity patterns characterised by one or two sessions per week of moderate or vigorous-intensity physical activity may be sufficient to reduce risks for all-cause, CVD and cancer mortality regardless of adherence to prevailing physical activity guidelines.”

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Mungecrundle | 7 years ago

More like the average weekend cyclist faces a lot of other calls on their time from long work commutes and family responsibilities. Getting out for the club ride at the weekend is possibly the only selfish 'me time' thing that a lot of cyclists get to do. Not everyone has an understanding  partner either. Having the commitment to ride with others can be both personally motivating to get out when maybe the weather is less than ideal and armour against the resentment of others in the household who feel the time spent cycling would be better spent on the household chores that are about to celebrate another birthday.

Bob Wheeler CX | 7 years ago

most serious road/endurance bike owners i've ever met in the uk only ever ride at the weekend in groups anyway, as they're shit scared to ride alone any other time


must have been nice for the baby boomers to cycle across counties whenever, only ever seeing a few cars about


more cycle lanes and cheaper bikes/less snobby bike shops, you might see more couch potatoes getting out there, peddalling off the horrors of the modern food industry...

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