“Weekend Warrior” Activity Patterns Lower Risks for All-Cause, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer Mortality

So-called “weekend warrior” workouts (cramming your weekly physical activity into one or two exercise sessions on Saturday and Sunday) is associated with a lower risk of early death, including from cancer and heart disease, according to a new study. The finding may help reassure those who find it difficult to spread out the expert-recommended 150 minutes of aerobic activity throughout the week. “It is very encouraging news that being physically active on just one or two occasions per week is associated with a lower risk of death, even among people who do some activity but don’t quite meet recommended exercise levels,” said the study author. “However, for optimal health benefits from physical activity, it is always advisable to meet and exceed the physical activity recommendations.”