A new study has found that how often a person exercise may not be a determining factor on how long they get to live.
Health experts across the globe always advise us to exercise daily or at least three times a week, unfortunately we don’t always have the time or we are too lazy to commit to this schedule.
As a result, some tend to cram all the weekly exercises into one or both days of the weekend.
Lead researcher Garry O’Donovan and team were investigating whether people who only exercise on weekends, called ‘Weekend Warriors’ and those who exercise daily, experience same benefits.
The study analysed data from national health surveys of 63 591 people aged 40 and older, conducted in England and Scotland.
The respondents were asked about their exercise habits.
The study found that ‘Weekend Warriors’ lowered their risk of dying early by 30% while those who exercised regularly cut their risk by 40%.
According to CNN, O'Donovan said that these benefits of weekend exercise were found to be about the same in men and women.
O’Donovan said the main point their study makes is that frequency of exercise is not important.
“There really doesn’t seem to be any additional advantage to exercising regularly. If that helps people, then I’m happy.”
"The best advice is to keep in mind that any amount of activity is better than none and it's important to select exercise that is consistent with your goals," he said.
The study is published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal.