People who are buzy with work opt for workouts into one or two sessions a week can help lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often,”
New research which took data from 64,000 participants collected as part of health surveys for England and Scotland from 1994 to 2012.
Researchers were particularly interested in what have been termed “weekend warriors” ( adults who only exercise at the weekend).
The participants where divided into four groups based on how much and how often they exercised: inactive, insufficiently active, weekend warriors, and regularly active.
Compared with people who did no physical activity, all active groups – including insufficient activity, regular activity and weekend patterns – saw a reduction in their risk of death from any cause or cardiovascular disease.
But weekend activity had no significant effect on reducing cancer risk, unlike the people in the regularly active groups, and surprisingly the insufficiently active group.
While this large and reliable study is unable to prove cause and effect, the results do seem to confirm “It’s all good Any exercise cuts risk of death”.