Working Out Only on Weekends Is Just as Good as Exercising Daily?

work out

Chattanooga, Tennessee—

The biggest problem with exercising is finding the time to do it . . . every single day.  Well, that and working out is NOT AS FUN as sitting on the couch watching Netflix.

But according to a new study, exercising only on weekends can boost your health just as much as working out every day.

Experts recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of “vigorous” exercise for 18- to 64-year-olds every week.  That is the benchmark to be an “active” adult.

Active adults are less likely to die from things like cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and other diseases compared to couch potatoes.

You could hit those targets with a brisk 30-minute walk five days a week . . . OR a more intense hour-and-15-minute jog once a week.  There wasn’t a big difference in the death rates for active adults whether they did their exercising throughout the week . . . or crammed it all into the weekend.

Obviously, these are only the goals for maintaining an active lifestyle.  If you’re looking to lose weight or build muscle, you’ll need to do more than that.

(Journal of the American Medical Association)