Weekend warrior workouts provide benefits against chronic diseases
Thursday, September 8, 2022

by Liz Bonis, WKRC

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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - New research shows working out only on the weekends can still stack up to a lifetime of good health benefits.

If you are a weekend warrior, this new research found that at least when it comes to disease prevention, you are still doing your body a whole lot of good.

Researchers in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine tracked more than 350,000 adults in this study for ten years.

In people who exercised about two and a half hours a week, they found those who exercised a day or two on the weekend had no higher risk of dying of heart disease, cancer or any other cause than those who exercised the same amount of time but split it into three days spaced out throughout the week.

Now here's the catch in all this. This study looked at the benefits of weekend or two days a week exercise only on lifelong chronic disease

Researchers did not look at the risk of injury when you work out this way.

If you are doing casual or low-impact activity you may be at low risk for weekend warrior injuries.

Local 12 asked OrthoCincy sports medicine specialist, Dr. Angel Velazquez, how important it is to train properly and likely more often if you play completive high-impact sports on the weekend.

"It is really important because when you are going to play a sport, you need to be ready to play that sport. So, when you are talking about somebody who is going to spend hours and hours training during the week and then playing games and tournaments, you need to get your body ready for that."