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In Defense of the Weekend-Warrior Lifestyle

Experts are coming around to the idea that infrequent, high-intensity exercise may be as healthy as regular but more relaxed workouts.
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The usual suspects—early morning meetings, kids’ soccer games, Friday dinner plans—are all understandable reasons why the best of exercise intentions can get waylaid. Americans are working more (on average more than 150 extra hours per year compared to our 1950’s predecessors) and working out less. An estimated 80 percent of Americans don’t fulfill the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for weekly exercise (two and a half hours of moderate aerobic activity, like walking, or one hour and 15 minutes of “vigorous” activity, like jogging). So, many have been relegated to finding other ways to sneak exercise into busy schedules.

"Weekend warriors," to reduce risk of heart failure by nearly 50 percent. But research appears to at least partially vindicate the exercise habits of weekend warriors, too.

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