To all those weekend warriors who cram the recommended amount of weekly exercise into just one or two sessions, you're in luck!
According to a new study, exercising once or twice a week may lower your risk of death, almost as much as regular exercise.
The findings were published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, and were based on a health survey of about 64,000 adults over 40-years-old in England and Scotland.
Researchers looked at the time people spent exercising and their health over 18 years, trying to assess the possible causes of death among adults who didn't exercise at all, those who worked out for what's less than recommended, regular exercisers, and the weekend warriors.
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As a baseline, recommendations from the World Health Organization suggest adults get at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, or 150 minutes of *moderate exercise each week.
Researchers found weekend warriors had about a 40% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and 18% lower risk of death due to cancer than those who didn't work out at all.
Adults who exercised regularly for three or more days a week reduced their risks of dying from cardiovascular disease and cancer by 41% and 21%, according to the BBC.
The takeaway from researchers, purposeful exercise is the key to better health.