The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity per week, yet little guidance is given as to how best achieve this amount of weekly activity. Do those who participate in activity most days of the week have similar mortality benefits to those who only exercise on a few days?
In this population-based study of 3,438 adults over age 40, investigators used physical activity trackers, worn for a week, to classify individuals who did their weekly activity only one-two days per week (Weekend Warriors). The compared mortality rates for those Weekend Warriors over a period of about six years against rates for similar individuals who did their activity more frequently each week.
Both the Weekend Warriors and the more frequently active participants had similarly lower mortality rates than individuals in this large study group who were more sedentary – even after results were adjusted for overall activity per week. Physical activity was related to decreased mortality rate, even among those who were active only one or two days per week.
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